2 Peter Graphics

Vital statistics

 Purpose: To warn Christians about false teachers and to exhort them to grow in their faith in and knowledge of Christ 
 Author: Peter
 Original audience: The church at large
 Date written:  Approximately A.D. 67, three years after 1 Peter was written, possibly from Rome
 Setting: Peter knew that his time on earth was limited (1:13, 14), so he wrote about what was on his heart, warning believers of what would happen when he was gone - especially about the presence of false teachers. He reminded his readers of the unchanging truth of the gospel. 
 Key verse: "By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence" (1:3). 
 Key people: Peter, Paul
 Special features: The date and destination are uncertain, and the authorship has been disputed. Because of this, 2 Peter was the last book admitted to the canon of the New Testament Scripture. Also, there are similarities between 2 Peter and Jude.  

A Comparison of First and Second Peter

1 Peter
2 Peter
Theme: Hope in the midst of suffering
Theme: The danger of false teaching and practices
Christology: The sufferings of Christ for our salvation and example at His incarnation
Christology: The glory of Christ and the consummation of history at His return
The day of salvation when Christ suffered, died, and rose form the dead
The day of the Lord when Christ returns in judgment
Redemptive title: Christ
Title of dominion: Lord
Be encouraged in your present trials
Be warned of eschatological judgment
We need hope to face our trials
We need full knowledge to face error
Numerous similarities to Paul (especially Ephesians and Colossians)
Almost identical similarities to Jude (compare 2 Peter 2 with Jude 4–18)
New Geneva study Bible. 1997, c1995 (electronic ed.) (1 P 5.13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

The Blueprint

 1. Guidance for growing Christians (1:1-21)

 2. Danger to growing Christians (2:1-22)

 3. Hope for growing Christians (3:1-18)

  While Peter wrote his first letter to teach about handling persecution (trials from without), he wrote this letter to teach about handing heresy (trials from within). False teachers are often subtly deceitful. Believers today must still be vigilant against falling into false doctrine, heresy, and cult activity. This letter gives us clues to help detect false teaching.    

Second Peter Overview