December 17 2 Peter 1-3
A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
It appears that Peter is alluded to as the author of this letter as early as A.D. 95,
by the early Christian writer Clement. While many scholars through the ages have questioned the authenticity of Peter’s authorship, 2 Peter uses similar language and style as 1 Peter, and it seems most reasonable to accept it as genuinely from Peter himself. While there are similarities between 2 Peter and Jude, there is no substantial reason to accept one as dependent on the other.
This letter was written near the end of Peter’s life.
One clue to this is his allusion to collections of Paul’s writings. Since Peter died about A.D. 68, during the persecution initiated by Nero in Rome, the letter should be dated just prior to this (65-68).
While the first letter deals with persecution from outside the church, this letter deals with false teaching inside the church.
In chapter 1, Peter encourages growth in the Christian life. Chapter 2 deals with false teachers: how to recognize them and why they are so dangerous to anyone wishing to relate to God. Chapter 3 speaks of return of Christ and encourages Christians to prepare for it.
As you consider your own experience, have you ever run into false teaching?
The best protection against such deception is what you are doing now: reading and meditating on God’s Word. Make a resolution to read through the Bible again this year.
As we approach the eve of the year 2000, are you ready for Christ’s return?
The date is irrelevant as far as Peter is concerned. The real issue is living each day as though it could be the last opportunity to carry out God’s will and bring honor and joy to Him. Are you doing that? What would you have to change to be ready for the return of Christ? Make a list of concerns in this regard and decide how you can move in the right direction this year.