As his earthly life drew to a close, Peter wrote his second letter to encourage and admonish the churches. What truths did he think were so important that he had to make sure he wrote them down before he died?
Simon Peter served as an apostle of Jesus Christ for 3 or 4 decades. As his earthly life and ministry drew to a close he wrote this letter. He explains his reason for writing in 2 Peter 1:12-15.
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. – 2 Peter 1:12-15
My goal in this series is to explain the truths that the Apostle Peter thought were so important that he made sure to write them down before his time on earth was done. What did he think was that important?
Resources: Study Questions, Maps, Outlines & Background
Meet the Apostle Peter
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on September 16, 2015
A look at Peter’s calling from Luke 5 and an introduction to Peter.
01 2 Peter 1:1-4 How to find Life
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 10, 2018
Peter wrote this letter to churches infected by false teachers to encourage them to remain true to the apostolic gospel. He encourages them to reject both the message and the lifestyle of the false teachers. He starts his case by proclaiming that in the gospel we have everything we need to obtain Life and godliness.
02 2 Peter 1:5-11 For this very reason
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 17, 2018
To understand the list of virtues Peter gives, first we need to understand its context and purpose. We’ll set the stage for understanding this section and how we should respond to it.
03 2 Peter 1:5-6 Virtue to godliness
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 24, 2018
In 2 Peter 1:5-11, Peter is explaining the connection between believing the gospel and pursuing a lifestyle of godliness. I argued in the previous podcast that these qualities are NOT the cause of spiritual maturity, rather they RESULT from spiritual maturity. When we come to believe the gospel, these qualities follow. In this podcast we’ll define each term in the list and discuss why Peter includes it and how it results from faith.
04 2 Peter 1:7-11 Brotherly affection & love
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 31, 2018
Peter finishes his list with brotherly affection and love. We’ll examine the connection between the items on this list and our salvation.
05 2 Peter 1:12-21 The Prophetic Word
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 7, 2018
Peter asserts the gospel is not a clever philosophy but divine revelation from God. Which presents us with a choice about how we understand the Bible.
06 2 Peter 2:1-3 Why 2 Peter 2 and Jude are so similar
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 14, 2018
2 Peter 2 and the Epistle of Jude presents the same ideas in the same order and often use the same words. Did Peter copy from Jude? Did Jude copy from Peter? Or did they both copy from someone else? What’s going on?
07 2 Peter 2:4 Does Peter quote Enoch?
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 28, 2018
Peter and Jude appear to be quoting the book of 1 Enoch, which is part of the psuedepigrapha. Why would they quote it? What does it mean when an apostle quotes from a non-biblical source? I think both Peter and Jude quote 1 Enoch, the way a teacher today might quote Harry Potter — to make a point based on popular culture.
08 2 Peter 2:5-10 The Certainty of Judgment
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 5, 2018
The coming judgment of God is not a popular topic today. We prefer to emphasize God’s love instead. Yet Peter thought judgment was important enough to include in his final letter, so that would remember it long after he is gone.
09 2 Peter 2:10-12 Who are the “glorious ones” and why are they reviled?
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 12, 2018
In the third major interpretative challenge of 2 Peter 2, we tackle the questions of who are the glorious ones, why would they be reviled and what does Peter want us to learn from this example?
10 2 Peter 2:13-16 Balaam and the false teachers
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 19, 2018
Continuing his warnings about the false teachers, Peter uses of Balaam from Numbers 22-24. Like Balaam, the false teachers are profiting from causing the people of God to stumble.
11 2 Peter 2:17-22 Freedom, slavery and sin
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 9, 2019
Peter warns that the false teachers are like springs without water, promising freedom but delivering destruction and they should not be deceived by their empty promises.
12 2 Peter 3:1-7 The Point of it all
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 16, 2019
Peter argues that more than anything else we need to find life through forgiveness and to find fulfillment through righteousness. It is this hope that he wants us to remember such that we let it change our lives today.
13 2 Peter 3:8-9 Free will and God’s sovereignty
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 23, 2019
2 Peter 3:8-9 features in the debate over God’s sovereignty and human free will. While this verse does not settle the debate, understanding what Peter means in context teaches us a lot about both good Bible study and the issues in the debate.
14 2 Peter 3:10-18 The Second coming and what it means for today
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 30, 2019
Peter concludes the letter by discussing the end of the age, the return of Christ and what that tells us about how we should live now.
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