Outline Of 2 Peter
A brief introduction and overview of the book of 2 Peter
The Bible Brief’s 2 Peter Summary:
Written about A.D. 66.
The Apostle Peter.
People & Places:
Christ; Peter; Paul
For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. (Ch.1:16)
Promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. (Ch.2:19)
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (Ch.3:9)
The Messianic Link:
He is the Beloved Son (Ch.1:17)
2 Peter Summary:
Peter begins his letter by reminding the believers of his earlier ministrations concerning Christian behaviour, and the person of Christ. False prophets and teachers were posing a problem at this time, so Peter warns them throughout the second chapter to be aware of such people; advising amongst other things that these people are ‘slaves of corruption’ (2:19) and to be avoided at all costs.
In the last chapter he counters the false teachers who say that the Lord is not coming back at all, and reminds them that God’s timing is not the same as ours, and indeed 1000 of our years is only a day to Him.
He ends the book by again exhorting them to be alert to false teachings, especially those who would attempt to distort the teachings of the Apostle Paul, whose writings are sometimes difficult to grasp (Ch.3:15-16).
Notes & Quotes:
False teachers and disinformation campaigns have always been one of the enemy’s biggest ploys, in his battle to undermine the work of Christ and discredit his people. Interestingly it is a ploy that has been used by various governments and peoples since time began, to confuse and defeat their enemies. Disinformation is a very powerful weapon in times of war, and helps keep the opposition ‘on the back foot’, so to speak.
As Paul tells us in the book of Ephesians (6:12), we are in a time of spiritual warfare so we should not be surprised that the devil uses disinformation and false teaching to try to undermine the true Faith, thereby weakening our resolve to be effective witnesses for The Lord.