Peter’s second letter was written shortly after the first one…around 66 A.D. This letter was written a little before his martyrdom…Peter could sense his end was near. Peter puts up warning signs against many of the so called Christians abandoning their faith and going to false beliefs. The storm clouds are approaching and Peter hopes to warn all Christians on how to fight the good fight. One of those weapons is knowing the Word & knowing Jesus Christ in our daily lives. The Christian life is more than “born again”…it is a continual process of maturity & growth.
Vs. 3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” The definitive word here is “knowledge”…God has given us His Word as a precious gift. We see the emphasis of growing in His knowledge from Vs. 5-11, as we possess all of these qualities we grow and are able to continue to be used powerfully by the Lord. As we look at Scripture, we see the that all of this prophecy has its roots in Jesus Christ & inspired by His Holy Spirit…there is no need to ever doubt the truth!
Regarding application…Always Remind. Vs. 12, “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.” Question: Why would Peter be stressing this so importantly? Because Peter knew his days were numbered. Perhaps if he knew he would live to a ripe old age…the urgency wouldn’t be there…but knowing his days were numbered, he was compelled to urgently remind all those who would listen how important it was to continue to grow in the Lord…even if they had it in their head knowledge, he was still going to remind them. Peter might have sounded like a broken letter, but we can never remind each other enough to love & grow in our Lord Jesus Christ. That is why we have church, that is why we turn to the Lord in our QT’s, that is why we have Christian accountability (S.A.G.)…the moment we arrogantly think we don’t need to be reminded…well…that’s a pretty powerful indicator that our heart has grown cold.