The Gospel in 2 Peter

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Holiness and Heresy

In his first letter, the apostle Peter writes largely in regards to the relationship between holiness and hardship. On this letter, a follow-up to the earlier one (2 Pet. 3:1), he writes in regards to the relationship between holiness and heresy—a “hardship” in its personal proper within the early church in addition to within the church at present. Much like Paul in his letter to the Galatians, or Jude (who possible used 2 Peter as a reference level), Peter gives an ample and unequivocal warning to believers about those that will infiltrate the church and train seductive blasphemy. He cautions that some will even use the phrases of Scripture to help their perverted doctrines and lives (2 Pet. 3:16).

Peter urges resistance to such distortions of grace. He reminds us in regards to the significance of correct data of the reality (2 Pet. 1:2, 3, 5–6, 8, 12; 2:2, 20; 3:18). And he exhibits us as soon as extra, as all through the New Testomony, that the faithfulness wanted to fight such wickedness requires: an expertise of God’s highly effective grace within the gospel (2 Pet. 1:1–20); a diligence in repentant dwelling (2 Pet. 1:5–8; 3:14); a sober-minded consciousness of and resistance to heresy (2 Pet. 2:1–22; 3:1–4, 15–17); and a hopeful expectation of God’s persistence and faithfulness (2 Pet. 3:8–18).

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