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Introduction to 2 Peter. In his first letter Peter feeds Christ’s sheep by instructing them how to deal with persecution. from outside the church (see 1Pe 4:12); in this second letter he teaches them how to deal with false teachers and evildoers who have come into the church (see 2:1 and 3:3-4). While the particular situations naturally call for variations in content and emphasis, in both letters Peter as a pastor (“shepherd”) of Christ’s sheep (Jn 21:15-17) seeks to commend to his readers a wholesome combination of Christian faith and practice. More specifically, his purpose is threefold: (1) to stimulate Christian growth (ch. 1), (2) to combat false teaching (ch. 2) and (3) to encourage watchfulness in view of the Lord’s certain return (ch. 3). (this introduction is from the Glo Bible app)
1-2 Peter’s Introduction. In these first verses, Peter opens with a customary opening address, identifying himself and those to whom he writes.
3-4 God’s Provision and the Godly Life. In verses 3 and 4, Peter tells the church of some important things that the Lord provides us to live a godly life and escape the corruption of the world.
5-9 Add to Your Faith. Where verses 3 and 4 tell us about God’s provision for us, verse 5-9 tell us about what we should be doing for Christian growth.
10-11 Confirm Calling and Election. In verse 10-11, Peter reminds the church that we have a calling and election from God.
What will we do with that truth? How do we feel knowing that God has called us and elected us? What is our reward?
12-15 Peter’s Charge & Passion. In these verses, we see Peter’s deep commitment to getting these words to the church. He will “always remind” us and he “will make every effort” to ensure we don’t forget it. Think about Peter’s journey and why these words and building faith might have been so important to him.
16-21 Peter’s Witness and God’s Prophecy. Peter’s parting words in this chapter remind us that he is not simply speaking what he thinks. He is speaking as a living witness to God’s life, God’s power, God’s transfiguration. In his last words he makes clear that he is not doing things or speaking words in his own power but that his power and his words are from God.