Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Peter calls for faithfulness and confronts corrupt teachers who distorted the message about Jesus and lead others astray.
Watch our Read Scripture video on 2 Peter, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to 2 Peter, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
About 2 Peter
2 Peter is an intense, passionate farewell speech addressed to the same Messianic church communities as 1 Peter. In the book, Peter challenges Jesus' followers to continue growing in their faith, love and service to God.
He issues two warnings against corrupt teachers who are leading the Christian communities astray with their way of life and distorted theology.
Peter addresses their objections to the reality of Jesus' resurrection and the final judgment. He reminds Christians that their hope is in God. In His time on the Day of the Lord, He will expose evil and injustice and remove it to make way for a new heaven and earth that's permeated with righteousness, God's love and people who know and love God and their neighbors.
Jesus' followers must continue to grow and develop God's divine character traits, including love which is devotion to others no matter the response or cost.
Peter counters objections to Jesus' resurrection with his eyewitness testimony. Jesus is king and will fulfill Old Testament prophecies to return and rescue the world.
Corrupt teachers question the final reckoning and accountability. Three examples from Genesis demonstrate God's divine judgment on rebellion and the faithful deliverance of His people.
Corrupt teachers despise God's authority and use their freedom in Christ as permission to sin. Enslaved to bodily impulses, they distort Paul's Romans 6 teaching.
2 Peter ends with a challenge to hope for the Day of the Lord when Jesus exposes evil and creates a new heaven and earth.