In 2 Peter, the threat to the church comes from within. False teachers were bringing false doctrine and immorality into the church. Peter wants to warn the saints away and strengthen them against such people who have risen among them.

How to do that? He starts off by saying the saints need to make extraordinary effort to grow spiritually, 2 Pet 1.5-11. Much needs to be added to faith for it to be effective and saving. Faith that just sits there doing nothing goes nowhere, certainly not to heaven. Neither will it be able to resist false teaching when it appears.

For such intense effort, how is one to keep from discouragement? By focusing on God and his power. Continue reading

Respect authority

A mark of the false teacher is the lack of respect toward authority. The rebellious person must destroy the established authority in order to impose himself upon others.

… who despise authority. Brazen and insolent, they are not afraid to insult the glorious ones, yet even angels, who are much more powerful, do not bring a slanderous judgment against them before the Lord.
2 Peter 2:10b-11 NET Continue reading

The full title, “Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” appears only in 2 Peter, once per chapter (1:11; 2:20: 3:18), each time in a theologically rich setting.

The three chapters probably have a chiastic feature, where the middle element received the emphasis:

A  Call to Christian Growth (chap. 1)
X  Warning Against False teachers (chap. 2)
A’  Call to End-time Ethics (chap. 3) Continue reading