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2 Peter: What Do You Know? (24 of 29)
Series: Through the New Testament
2 Peter 1:1-11
Introduction: What do you know today? Do you realize how often you hear that statement? It is one of those colloquial expressions that people use instead of hello. Many guys around here use it all the time. It is much the same as ''how are you?'' ''What are you up to?'' ''What's happening?'' ''What's up?''
You really don't have to answer questions like that. In fact, you are likely to irritate someone who asks you how you are doing, if you proceed to offer a long detailed explanation of your health. The correct answer for ''what do you know today'' is ''nothing much!''
That question-''what do you know?''-provides a good window into our next book in our continuing journey through the Bible. 2 Peter is book number 61. Five more to go! We began this journey four years ago. The end is in sight.
Peter the fisherman turned disciple wrote 2 Peter, as the name suggests. Our best information dates it just before his death in the mid to late sixties of the first century, a little less than forty years or so after the resurrection. Reliable traditions say Peter was crucified upside down at Rome during the persecution of Emperor Nero in about 68 AD.
2 Peter is probably a follow up to the first letter. That one addressed the issue of standing up under persecution from the outside. This second letter is more about standing up to false teachers on the inside.
Note how Peter explains his purpose. ''So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things'' (1:12-15).
One curious feature of 2 Peter h ...
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