Shortly before Peter was to die, he wrote a letter to a group of Christians reminding them of some things he previously taught them. He wanted them to remember them after his departure from this earth.
After the customary greeting, Peter reminds them that God has given all the knowledge that is needed for “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). It will help them escape “the corruption that is in the world by lust” (v. 4). By adding some different qualities to their faith and increasing in these qualities they will not be useless and unfruitful. If one is not growing in these qualities Peter says they are “blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins” (v. 9). The reward for practicing these things will be an “entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (v. 11).
Another thing Peter reminds them of is the source of his information. He reminds them he was present when God spoke on the mountain concerning Jesus being God’s Son (v. 16). He also reminds them that no message from God comes because of one’s own thinking but rather it comes to “men moved by the Holy Spirit” (v. 21).
Peter also wants to remind them that there will always be distractors from the message of God. Peter points out this was done in times past and it will be done in their day. As a point of application, there are “false teachers” in our world today also. Peter says these false teachers will one day be punished. His proof is from Old Testament examples: the angels who have sinned, the people who lived before the flood in Noah’s days, and the wicked people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
To encourage his readers, he reminds them of how God protected Lot, who lived in Sodom and Gomorrah. Peter tells them that God rescued this man from all the evil in the city and for Peter’s readers (and for us today) God will do the same thing in their day.
One other thing Peter reminds them of is that those who are saying the world is not going to come to an end do not understand God. They have forgotten God created the world by “His word” and the flood came because of “His word.” Therefore, the world will come to an end when God gives “His word.”
In the meantime, Peter encourages them to be faithful to the Lord and to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18). These reminders and words of encouragement are applicable to our lives as we are living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.