Peter closed his second letter with some helpful and straightforward instruction for believers as we seek to live for Jesus. Using the apostle’s final imperatives, Alistair Begg challenges us to exert ourselves to grow in holiness, to take seriously the responsibility to study the Bible, to be alert to the dangers that can lead us astray, and to actively grow in the grace and knowledge that leads to Christ-like character.
14Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
The Apostle Peter sent his second letter into an environment where false teaching was on the rise and moral carelessness was beginning to take root among the people of God. To oppose these challenges, he reminded his readers of the Gospel truths they already knew – truths that provide the necessary basis for growing to Christian maturity. These same truths are vitally important to 21st century Christians: we, too, must study to deepen our knowledge of God's Word, relying on its authority and sufficiency to guide our beliefs and behavior. We, too, must guard against false teaching and error, and we too must look forward to Christ's sure return.
We invite you to join Alistair Begg in remembering anew that by God’s divine power, He has given believers everything we need for the commencement, the continuance, and the completion of the Christian life. Such truth is, as Peter described it, truly a “great and precious promise.”
|Grace and Peace||2 Peter 1:1-4|
|The Great Escape||2 Peter 1:8-11|
|An Eyewitness Account||2 Peter 1:12-21|
|False Teachers Among You, Part One||2 Peter 2:1-10|
|False Teachers Among You, Part Two||2 Peter 2:10-22|
|The Day of the Lord||2 Peter 3:1-13|
|Grow In Grace||2 Peter 3:14-18|