2 Peter: How to find life

by | Oct 7, 2018 | 03 Series, New Testament, Peter

2 Peter: A 14-week Bible Study podcast on Peter’s second letter from the podcast Wednesday in the Word with Krisan Marotta

Simon Peter served as an apostle of Jesus Christ for 3 or 4 decades.  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? Peter strongly emphasizes our future hope and the return of Christ.  Our future hope is more than living forever: it concerns being freed from sin and death and sharing the holiness of God.

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Meet the Apostle Peter

A look at Peter’s calling from Luke 5 and an introduction to Peter. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on August 9. 2018. Season 13, Episode 1.

01 2 Peter 1:1-4 How to find Life

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 10, 2018. Season 13, Episode 11.

02 2 Peter 1:5-11 For this very reason

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 17, 2018. Season 13, Episode 12

03 2 Peter 1:5-6 Virtue to godliness

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 24, 2018. Season 13, Episode 13.

04 2 Peter 1:7-11 Brotherly affection & love

Peter finishes his list with brotherly affection and love.  We’ll examine the connection between the items on this list and our salvation. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 31, 2018. Season 13, Episode 14.

05 2 Peter 1:12-21 The Prophetic Word

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 7, 2018. Season 13, Episode 15.

06 2 Peter 2:1-3 Why 2 Peter 2 and Jude are so similar

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? Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 14, 2018. Season 13, Episode 16.

07 2 Peter 2:4 Does Peter quote Enoch?

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 28, 2018. Season 13, Episode 17.

08 2 Peter 2:5-10 The Certainty of Judgment

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 5, 2018. Season 13, Episode 18.

09 2 Peter 2:10-12 Who are the “glorious ones” and why are they reviled?

In the third major interpretative challenge of 2Peter 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? Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 12, 2018. Season 13, Episode 19.

10 2 Peter 2:13-16 Balaam and the false teachers

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 19, 2018. Season 13, Episode 20.

11 2 Peter 2:17-22 Freedom, slavery and sin

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 9, 2019. Season 13, Episode 21.

12 2 Peter 3:1-7 The Point of it all

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 16, 2019. Season 13, Episode 22.

13 2 Peter 3:8-9 Free will and God’s sovereignty

2Peter 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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 23, 2019. Season 13, Episode 23.

14 2 Peter 3:10-18 What the Second Coming means for today

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. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 30, 2019. Season 13, Episode 24.

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