Peter, The Second Letter of

Peter, The Second Letter of

A second letter in the NT collection attributed to the apostle Peter (2Pet 3:1) and classified as one of the seven “Catholic,” or General, Letters. Since the Letter seems to address contexts decades after Peter’s death, it is usually regarded as a testament written in the second century to convey what Peter “would say” to the church of that era. The letter is remarkably similar to the NT Letter of Jude, dealing, as does that composition, with the problem of false teachers in the church.

Outline of Contents

2 Peter

I. Letter opening (2Pet 1:1-2)

II. Patron’s benefaction and client’s response (2Pet 1:3-11)

III. Fictive occasion of the letter (2Pet 1:12-15)

IV. First apology: defense of prophecy (2Pet 1:16-21)

V. Second apology: defense of divine judgment (2Pet 2:1-10 )

VI. Shame on the opponents (2Pet 2:10-22)

VII. Third apology: defense of the end of the world (2Pet 3:1-7)

VIII. Fourth apology: defense of “delay” as gift (2Pet 3:8-101)

IX. Moral consequences of this doctrine (2Pet 3:11-14)

X. Even Paul agrees (2Pet 3:15-16)

XI. Letter conclusion (2Pet 3:17-18)

2Pet 3:1

The Promise of the Lord's Coming
1This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding ... View more

2Pet 1:1-2

1Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and ... View more

2Pet 1:3-11

The Christian's Call and Election
3His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own ... View more

2Pet 1:12-15

12Therefore I intend to keep on reminding you of these things, though you know them already and are established in the truth that has come to you.13I think it r ... View more

2Pet 1:16-21

Eyewitnesses of Christ's Glory
16For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we ha ... View more

2Pet 2:1-10

False Prophets and Their Punishment
1But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in ... View more

2Pet 2:10-22

10—especially those who indulge their flesh in depraved lust, and who despise authority.
Bold and willful, they are not afraid to slander the glorious ones,11wh ... View more

2Pet 3:1-7

The Promise of the Lord's Coming
1This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding ... View more

2Pet 3:8-10

8But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.9The Lord is not slow abou ... View more

2Pet 3:11-14

11Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness,12waiting for and hast ... View more

2Pet 3:15-16

15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,16speaking of this as he doe ... View more

2Pet 3:17-18

17You therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, beware that you are not carried away with the error of the lawless and lose your own stability.18But grow in ... View more

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