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God's Provision for Practical Christian Growth - Part 1 (1 of 8)
Series: Shoe Leather Christianity
2 Peter 1:1-4
INTRODUCTION: 1 Peter was written to help suffering Christians. 2 Peter was written to expose false teachers. 1 Peter, ministering especially to suffering Christians, focuses on the intimacy of Christ as a means of encouraging the Christians.
2 Peter, dealing with scoffers, emphasizes the reasons why that imminent return of Christ has not yet occurred. 1 Peter deals with the resurrection of Christ, while 2 Peter deals with the transfiguration of Christ.
2 Peter is an almost last will and testament (1:13-15), written to warn the beloved believers in Christ about the doctrinal dangers they were facing. This letter was probably written from a Roman jail in about 67-68 A.D., just before the death of Nero, remembering that Peter probably died in Nero's persecution. (Nero died A.D. 68). Therefore,
2 Peter was written for the purpose of exposing, thwarting, and defeating the invasion of false teachers into the church. It has been said that
2 Peter stands second only to Jude in being so graphic in exposing false teachers. Warren Wiersbe said, ''the best way to detect falsehood is to understand the characteristics of the truth.''
In a general characterization of false teachers, Peter informs that they:
Teach destructive heresies
They deny Christ and twist the Scriptures
They bring true faith into disrepute
They mock the Second Coming of Christ
They display immoral character
As a result, Peter describes them in more detail, then he describes their doctrines. Wickedness is not the product of sound doctrine, but of destructive heresies. (2:1) Peter moves in his message to motivate his readers to continue to develop their Christian character. (1:5-11) He explains wonderfully how a believer can have assurance of his salvation, as well as what has robbed believers of their certainty. One of the major recurring themes is the import ...
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