The book of 2 Peter was written by the apostle Peter, probably toward the end of his life. His theme seems to be that he wanted to remind them of things that they already knew. Reminders are important for humans, we forget and start chasing butterflies like 4 year olds. That’s why preachers preach some of the same sermons again. But let’s see what Peter wanted to remind them of…
Everything pertaining to life and godliness — 1:3
There’s no need for looking for more information about life and godliness, once we have the Scriptures, the true knowledge of Him. There have been those who have tried to “sell” their ways since the beginning of Christianity by implying that basic Christianity is not really quite enough, that it is only a “starter kit”. But time and again we have seen the Scripture deny that fundamental Christianity isn’t enough. This isn’t to say that we stop growing at baptism — as Peter will talk about in just a moment — but it is to say that we don’t need any Gnostic gospels, any book of Mormon, any Watchtower Society revelations, or any Papal, Protestant, or academic declarations of any sort. God was perfectly capable of revealing everything we need to know then, now, and for as long as this world spins around.
Partakers of the divine nature — 1:4
To follow in what the Lord has said does something great: it allows us to partake in the divine nature! Imagine! And it is because it is actually from God Himself, rather than man’s wisdom. It’s something to think about. Not only does it lead us to “Be holy for I am holy” (a critical piece of the divine nature) but also to eternal life itself!
Add… — 1:5ff
So add! Here are a number of ways that we are commanded to be growing in, which gets back to an earlier comment about how we must grow beyond the baptism. We’ve recently read how discouraging it was for some of the Hebrew Christians to have not grown (Heb. 5:11–6:3) and how we mustn’t follow that course. So we need to grow. A good measure to see if we are growing is to simply ask the question if we’ve changed in a godly way — over the last year, the last month, the last week. Do this and the “entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.”
No cleverly devised tales — 1:16
This is a fine rebuttal to the modern (an ancient, of course) accusations that the apostles had made all these things about Jesus up — miracles, resurrection, ascension, etc. No, Peter declares. We, among other things, heard the voice of God Himself, we witnessed the miracles, and God Himself witnesses to the truth of the Gospel through miracles that the apostles showed. This is no fantasy and we are no false prophets! And speaking of false prophets…
Destruction and false prophets — 2:1ff
Peter wanted to warn those who sought to change the Gospel and change Christianity according to their own thoughts. Not only are they destructive to men and the church of the Lord, but they will themselves be destroyed by the Lord. Don’t fool yourself, he seems to be saying, God didn’t spare angels who sinned and He won’t spare false prophets and teachers either!
There’s a great day coming —3:3ff
And to top it off, Peter also warns about the Great Day that is surely coming! A day would come, Peter says, in which people would be doubting Christ’s return — but He will. Here’s a good warning for us. It will happen and we must be prepared with the white robes of righteousness. This great day will reveal why materialism is so foolish — it will all be burned up. It will reveal why we must get and remain ready — it will surely come and come without warning. Are you ready?
The rest of the Scriptures — 3:16
Here’s is evidence that the apostle Paul’s letters were already at this point being considered inspired and part of Scripture. Paul’s writings are included here part of the Scriptures. Recognition by the other apostles and the early church as inspired is a major part of a book or letter becoming part of the canon of Scripture.
See you tomorrow, Lord willing