Peter calls believers to spiritual growth so they can combat apostasy as they look forward to the Lord’s return.
AUTHOR. The first verse identifies the author as Simon Peter.
However, since the fourth century, people have questioned the authorship by Simon Peter. Their objections are largely based on these two points:
- Very few other works of literature from those early days mention this book
- Some people detect a stylistic difference between 1 Peter and 2 Peter
Those arguments against authorship by Peter have not been proven conclusive.
RECIPIENTS. Peter was probably writing to the churches of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. They were populated by both Jewish and Gentile Christians.
DATE. This Letter was probably written some time after the writing of 1 Peter, and before Peter’s death. That means between 64 and 68 AD.
PLACE. Since 1 Peter was written in Rome, and since Rome is traditionally held to be the place of Peter’s crucifixion, it is reasonable to assume that 2 Peter was written in Rome as well.
PURPOSE. Peter knew his time was short and that these congregations faced immediate danger. He call them to spiritual growth so that they can combat apostasy as they look forward to the Lord’s return.
THE LORD’S RETURN
2 Peter 1:1. Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:
2 Peter 1:2. Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
2 Peter 1:3. seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue,
2 Peter 1:4. by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.
2 Peter 1:5. Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge;
2 Peter 1:6. and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control perseverance; and in perseverance godliness;
2 Peter 1:7. and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.
2 Peter 1:8. For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to not be idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:9. For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.
2 Peter 1:10. Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.
2 Peter 1:11. For thus you will be richly supplied with the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:12. Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you of these things, though you know them, and are established in the present truth.
2 Peter 1:13. I think it right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you,
2 Peter 1:14. knowing that the putting off of my tent comes swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.
2 Peter 1:15. Yes, I will make every effort that you may always be able to remember these things even after my departure.
2 Peter 1:16. For we didn’t follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
2 Peter 1:17. For he received from God the Father honor and glory when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
2 Peter 1:18. We heard this voice come out of heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.
2 Peter 1:19. We have the more sure word of prophecy; and you do well that you heed it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star arises in your hearts:
2 Peter 1:20. knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of private interpretation.
2 Peter 1:21. For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 3:8. But don’t forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
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