Second Peter – Reading Plan

““… His divine power has granted us all things that pertain to life and godliness…

II Peter 1:3

Author: Peter, the Disciple. Date: between AD 67

The theme of Peter’s second letter is to pursue spiritual maturity through the Word of God.

Reading Plan

Greetings (1:1-2)

Confirm your calling and election (1:3-15)

Christ’s glory and prophetic word (1:16-21)

Beware of False Teachers/preachers (2:1-22)

The Day the lord will come (3:1-13)

final words (3:14-18)

Peter, The Disciple

Although we understand that Peter pinned this epistle, The Author is God Himself. Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding comes to us in Scripture, so we learn to fellowship with God and live the with-God life with boldness and confidence.

Author of Sacred Scripture

All Scripture is God breathed (2nd Timothy 3:16-17) and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training us in living right before God.

Some may think Scripture is only a reflection of someone’s religious experience, or maybe a record of ancient people striving to understand our God. Nope. They’re deceived.

Scripture is and always will be God’s revelation of Himself and His will.

God commissioned apostles and prophets to speak on his behalf. Their gifting from the Holy Spirit and writing styles also give His Word a richness and beauty like no other.

God’s work in bringing us His word is trustworthy. Scripture has and never will be in error, and it is the supreme authority for all believers. Why? Because it is from the Supreme Authority, and He sent for our good.

So, let’s take a few minutes to meet the man God breathed on to write 1st Peter.

Who is Peter?

Of all the Disciples, this man understood the value of grace. Christ chose this self-centered fisherman, and we see what a change Christ makes in his life. Peter becomes a fisher of men.

Peter was called Simon, Simeon, and even Cephas, but Jesus called him Peter. Before meeting Jesus, Peter had worked alongside James and John fishing on the Sea of Galilee.

Peter was a family man. We don’t hear anything about his wife, but it is obvious that she gave him her support. Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:30-31). They lived in Capernaum.

Peter walked on water (Matt 14:28-31), confessed Jesus as Messiah (Matt 16:13-20), and saw Christ transfigured (Matt 17:1-9 & II Peter 1:16-18)

Jesus knew Peter well and understood that he would not betray Him, but would deny Him not once but three times. (Mk 14:27-31, Jn 18:15-18 & 25-27). What sorrow Peter must have suffered until Christ’s resurrection. I can only imagine. Each day, as the rooster crowed, poor Peter was forced to remember his sin.

It is interesting to note God’s perfect grace toward Peter.

Peter at the Resurrection

On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead and the angel told the women that, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they put him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.” (Mark 16:6-7)

When Peter heard this news, he didn’t run away and hide. He and John ran to the tomb to see for themselves (Luke 24:12 & John 20:30-10). If Christ were really alive, Peter knew he had a chance of forgiveness.

At Pentecost, it was Peter who boldly professed Christ. The Holy Spirit was in him so powerfully as people were healed (Acts 3:1-10, 5:15, and 9:34). A girl named Tabitha was raised from the dead (9:36-43)

Peter in the Book of Acts

Because of their bold witness, Peter and John were arrested and forbidden to preach (4:1-31 & 5:17-42). Peter was given a vision and sent to Cornelius. He watched as God saved a Gentile and then filled him with the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:15).

Herod imprisoned him once, and yet he was freed by an angel (Act 12:1-19)

All said and done, Paul’s mission was to the Gentiles, but Peter’s focus was on the Jewish believers. Jesus call Peter to feed his sheep (John 21:15-19).

Peter’s death

Before his untimely death at the hand of the Roman Emperor Nero, Peter wrote two epistles. One teaches us about our conduct in the loving mercy of God, and the other reminds us that Jesus is returning soon.

At Peter’s request, he was crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus.

This epistle was Peter’s last letter to the church. Come near to listen – lean in to learn.

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