Peter calls for faithfulness and confronts corrupt teachers who distorted the message about Jesus and lead others astray.
2 Peter is an intense, passionate farewell speech addressed to the same Messianic church communities as 1 Peter. In the book, Peter challenges Jesus' followers to continue growing in their faith, love and service to God.
Be vigilant of corrupt teachers
He issues two warnings against corrupt teachers who are leading the Christian communities astray with their way of life and distorted theology.
Peter addresses their objections to the reality of Jesus' resurrection and the final judgment. He reminds Christians that their hope is in God. In His time on the Day of the Lord, He will expose evil and injustice and remove it to make way for a new heaven and earth that's permeated with righteousness, God's love and people who know and love God and their neighbors.
Jesus' followers must continue to grow and develop God's divine character traits, including love which is devotion to others no matter the response or cost.
Peter counters objections to Jesus' resurrection with his eyewitness testimony. Jesus is king and will fulfill Old Testament prophecies to return and rescue the world.
Corrupt teachers question the final reckoning and accountability. Three examples from Genesis demonstrate God's divine judgment on rebellion and the faithful deliverance of His people.
Corrupt teachers despise God's authority and use their freedom in Christ as permission to sin. Enslaved to bodily impulses, they distort Paul's Romans 6 teaching.
2 Peter ends with a challenge to hope for the Day of the Lord when Jesus exposes evil and creates a new heaven and earth.
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