Peter builds upon his comments on scoffers with more information about the return of Christ. He is clear, that day will come. He points out that the delay is simply God being patient. He gives instructions for believers while waiting.
Peter writes to comfort the church while facing false teachers and accusers. The prophets told us these people would come, questioning Jesus’ promise to return and God’s judgment in the end. As the scoffer speaks, we are reassured that the prophets were true. Thus, scripture is true. Jesus is Who He claimed to be, & He is soon returning!
False teachers are pointed out in scripture, and so is their impact on others. They leave those they betray with unfulfilled promises. They offer liberty but instead lead them into legalism. They can only ever give them a religion, never true regeneration.
There are counterfeits and imitators around the church. These false teachers are bold and arrogant. They promise freedom but deliver slavery. They are immoral, they are smooth talkers, and they try to get others to fall into their own immorality. Peter is clear, they will pay the price for their evil deeds.
There are counterfeits and imitators around the church. Peter describes false teachers here, he reveals their coming destruction, but best of all…he writes to the church of their deliverance! Let’s consider False Teachers, but with a confidence that only God can give.
Remembrance was important to Peter in the lives of the church. A church full of Christians living with the authority of the Word of God as their basis is not likely to fall prey to apostasy. His purpose is to show the importance of knowing God’s Word and relying on it completely. The Christian who knows what he believes and why he believes it will rarely be seduced by the false teachers and their devious doctrines.
What does growth in the faith (Christian Maturity) look like? Grow in the faith — Don’t just remain a babe after being born again. Add these things to your faith, have them increase in your life, practice them over and over. It will provide assurance of your salvation, it will give you the confidence to perform the tasks God intends for you. You will Grow in Grace.
We consider God’s Divine Power and Promises which further develop the thought of Grace and Peace being multiplied in our lives. This is what God intends for you Christian. Not, “just enough” or a little bit. He has great and precious allotted for you, embrace it!
How can grace and peace be multiplied in life? Peter places emphasis on the knowledge of God. The word know or knowledge is used at least thirteen times in just 3 chapters. Knowledge is more than an intellectual understanding of truths.