Peter is writing his “second letter” (2 Peter 3:1) to a readership who he and they are both familiar with each other. In this letter, Peter is writing to remind them of some things before he departs from this world. The theme of the letter is godly living and he says that God “has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” (1:3).
In the Christian life it is very important that one knows how they are to live. Peter says here that the Christian is not left to himself to figure out how one is to live. Peter says that God “has granted” or has graciously given to us all that we need to live life and to be godly in our living of life. These things have been granted to us “through the true knowledge” of Jesus.
As ones knowledge of Jesus and the message He delivered from His Father increases, one becomes heavily aware of how God wants them to live. The Bible is full of information which will help individuals live in this life and to live it in such a manner as will be reflecting the very nature of God. The history of the Israelite nation, in the Old Testament, provides examples which help us to “not crave evil things” (1 Corinthians 10:6). Some of the characters of this nation are great examples of how godly living is to be lived so that “we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
There are the short sayings from the book of Proverbs which teach life skills. The Psalms contain words which will help us to express our emotions and our feelings which we have towards God. There is the book of Ecclesiastes which will help us to have the proper perspective on life “under the sun.”
The teachings of Jesus, like in the Sermon on the Mount, gives us an abundant amount of information about how to conduct ourselves towards our fellow citizens. As one meditates upon the various parables taught by Jesus, they are instructed as to how they should live in this world. In the writings of Paul, bountiful information about how to conduct oneself in the church, the family and the community is presented.
Peter in this second letter gives some rich information about living godly in this world. By following the information in this letter, Peter says they will “become partakers of the divine nature” (1:4). He also tells them about those who will distract them from living godly lives as well as the consequences for not living godly lives. In the conclusion of this encouraging letter, Peter tries to motivate them to be 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.