2 Peter 3:14-18
What does it mean?
1. Reviewing 2 Peter 1:1-7, Peter writes that because of Gods’ promises, Christians “may become partakers of the divine nature,” and escape from “the corruption of the world.” What does he then encourage believers to do to nurture their own holy living?
2. Reviewing 2 Peter 1:16-21, what does Peter mean when he writes “we made known to you the power and coming” and did not “follow cleverly devised myths”?
3. Reviewing 2 Peter 2:1-16, how will false teachers bring in “destructive heresies”? To whom are they secretive? What do the phrases ‘hearts trained in greed’ and ‘eyes…insatiable for sin’ communicate about these false teachers?
4. Reviewing 2 Peter 3:1-7, what was the argument against the return of Christ that the scoffers/false teachers were using? What historical events did Peter use to refute the idea that all things continue as they were from the beginning?
5. Reviewing 2 Peter 3:8-13, what reasons does Peter offer for a delay in Christ's return? Why is God delaying judgment?
6. In 2 Peter 3:14, what does Peter urge his readers to make every effort to do? Explain.
7. In v. 15, what does Peter hope his readers consider regarding Jesus’ delay in returning?
8. What does Peter want his readers to understand about Paul and his letters? What does Peter mean by saying some“twist the Scriptures to their own destruction”?
9. In closing, how did Peter instruct his readers to be on guard? What were his final instructions? How did he intend his readers to grow in the “grace and knowledge of Christ?”
How does it apply?
1. Peter has emphasized a relationship between knowledge and godliness. What role does knowledge play in our ongoing spiritual transformation?
2. How has your knowledge of Jesus grown lately? What helped you grow in your knowledge of God?
3. After exploring 2 Peter and the truth of the 2nd coming of Jesus, what behaviors would be appropriate to accompany that truth? How do you live differently because Jesus is coming back? How might it change life today, tomorrow, next week…?
4. If you knew you were going to die soon, what facts would you want to relay to others? To whom? Why? What connection do those facts have to your heart? Now, take a minute to write out your own last words.