After delivering his blockbuster vision, Peter finished his letter with words of encouragement and exhortation. Continue reading 2 Peter 3: Benediction
not that many people know the Apostle Peter also had a heavily eschatological message. Continue reading 2 Peter 3: New Heavens and a New Earth
Necessarily, thieves do not announce their expected time of arrival, as that would be counterproductive. In the same way, Jesus’s return is certain and imminent, but kept under wraps. Continue reading 2 Peter 3: Thief in the Night
In Peter’s mind, the creation of the world and the judgment of the Flood acted are proofs of God’s impending judgment by fire. Continue reading 2 Peter 2: Peter’s Oracle
It seems regeneration is a combination resulting from the organic intersection of God’s divine choice and action, and our own receptivity and reciprocal action. Continue reading 2 Peter 2: Actual Versus Potential
The whole point of Jesus’s parable about the sower and the soil was for the farmer to have a harvest. The importance of the seed taking root, growing full heads of grain, and being harvested was the key. Continue reading 2 Peter 2: Four Soils, One Harvest
Peter took it in stride that all human beings are enslaved—either to God in Christ, or to Satan and darkness. The apostles taught there was no middle ground. Our question today, however, particularly in the west, and even more particularly in such places as the United States, is, “How much free will do humans actually have?” Continue reading 2 Peter 2: Predetermined? Or Free?
This last part of chapter 2 opens up much-discussed topics: human freedom and that grey area between claims of faith and falling away from faith. Continue reading 2 Peter 2: Cain and Korah
It is an exact corollary to what Peter—and Jude—were speaking in such strong terms against. It was the Gnostic cancer, threatening to infect the entire church. Continue reading 2 Peter 2: Balaam’s Revenge
Maybe the catch word for us, as it surely was for Peter’s readers, who knew this story very well, is
Have No Fear.
Even despite mistakes, wrong choices, sin, and anything else, nothing can derail God’s plans for God’s people. Continue reading 2 Peter 2: Balaam’s Oracles