1 & 2 Peter Overview
In the letters of Peter, we find no mere spiritual suggestions but divine truths, warnings, and commands meant to give hope. He writes not to a loose collection of spiritually minded individuals but to “a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9), a living temple created to beam its collective, glorious hope into darkened surroundings. Peter identifies his audience as exiles who, in their various sufferings, possess the hope of Jesus’ return, which is meant to motivate faithful living in the present.
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The Day the Lord is Coming
Second Peter 3:1-18 teaches that the return of the Lord is certain and that it should change the way we live now.
The True Word and False Teachers
In 2 Peter 1:16-2:22 Peter explains why the apostles' writing can be trusted over false teachers and also warns of the consequences of false teaching.
God’s Grace for Godliness
A few years later after penning 1 Peter, the apostle Peter writes to the same general audience and sounds many of the same themes.
In 1 Peter 5:1-14 Peter focuses on the important relationship between elders and the church and on the essential ingredient of humility in order to pursue all that he has addressed in this letter.
In 1 Peter 3:8-4:19, we discover the counterintuitive call not to seek revenge but to bless those who snub and marginalize us, just as Jesus did.