Yesterday in Peter’s first letter he wrote to encourage the believers as they were persecuted for the Kingdom. Today as I turned the page to 2nd Peter I feel like his purpose was to warn the church.
First, Peter warned the to keep growing. He tells the church to grow in goodness, knowledge, self-control, godliness, brotherly affection and love for everyone. After he lists the in 2 Peter 1:5-6 he says:
“The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”
-2 Peter 1:9
Without this growth, we regress and forget the saving grace Jesus has done for us.
Secondly, Peter warns the church to be aware that false teachers will come. It’s not a maybe someday- he tells them that the false doctrines are already among them! He makes it clear that those who teach anything contrary to, of teaches something that twists the Scriptures will live in sin and draw others into it as well.
Thirdly, Peter warms the church that Jesus is coming. He tells them that Jesus isn’t being slothful or slow- he is being patient. Patient so more people can be added to the Kingdom! Because of this we need to be diligent in living holy lives- showing those around us exactly who Jesus is!
I really feel that this warning applies to every generation of the church.
Don’t stop growing in your faith.
Know your Scripture and stand firm on the truth.
Jesus is coming back- be holy so others may come to know him.
Tomorrow and Thursday I will be reading Genesis and Exodus- see you tomorrow!