Friday, January 29, 2010

#Grow In Your #Knowledge Of #Christ (2 Peter Introduction & Outline)

2 Peter

Background:

3:1 says this is the second letter Peter wrote.  If the first letter was 1 Peter, then he apparently also addressed this epistle to believers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia (1 Pet. 1:1).  

Contents:

3:17-18 seem to state the goal of this letter.  Believers should guard against error, and grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.  Some form of the word "knowledge" ("ginosko", or "epiginosko": to come to know precisely, or accurately)  appears at least 13 times in the letter.  Based on other references in the NT, this word seems to include the meaning of discernment, the ability to perceive (Mk. 2:8; Lk. 1:22; 5:22; Ac. 4:13) and knowing something "very well" (Ac.
25:10). 

1:1-11 says to add virtue to your faith.  1:12 - 3:2 reminds readers to pay attention to Bible prophecy (about Christ's return and judgment of evil-doers).  2:1-22 explains how to discern false teachers.  3:1-18 exhorts christians to look for the coming of the day of God.  Growing in the accurate knowledge of Christ is a major theme of the book, as is the need to guard against the doctrinal and moral error of unprincipled men.

Theme:  Grow in your knowledge of Christ

1) By increasing in virtue (1:1-11)
2) By paying attention to prophecy (1:12-21)
3) By discerning false teachers (2:1-22)
4) By looking for Christ's return (3:1-18)

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