This is an in-depth study on 2 Peter, which was written to remind his readers of the great salvation they have in Jesus Christ so that they would not be led astray by those who come into the church trying to entice them to follow a cleverly worded and alternate gospel that bears no fruit. This study is 4.5 hours long (recorded in 2016). This is worth 1 Bible CEU along with the Jude study. Please listen to the Jude study first since this study refers to Jude so often.

 

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2 Peter 1:1-2
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33:28 min
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2 Peter 1:3-4
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21:53 min
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2 Peter 1:5-7
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25:41 min
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2 Peter 1:8-11
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2 Peter 1:12-15
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2 Peter 1:16-21
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2 Peter 2:1-10
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2 Peter 2:10-16
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2 Peter 2:17-22
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2 Peter 3:1-18
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The purpose of the letter of 2 Peter is to counter the influence of false teachers in the Church who are teaching that there is no eschatological second coming of Christ and final judgment (2 Pet. 1:16a; 2:3b). They taught this doctrine with the desire to free people from the fear of divine judgment (2 Pet. 2:19a) and thus offer moral freedom. This freedom to do what they want is called antinomianism (Rom. 3:8; 6:1, 15; Gal. 5:13). They reject all moral authority even though they claim to be followers of Christ. Because of this doctrine, they also believed that they were free to indulge in sexual immorality and drunkenness (2 Pet. 2:2, 10a, 13-14, 18). Most likely this theology was developed out of the pagan, Hellenistic thinking from which they came (2 Pet. 1:16a, 20-21a). They may have thought to free Christianity from its rigid moral ethics, which they viewed as embarrassing in their culture.

Some believe that these false teachers are Gnostics. But this is not likely since the false teachers have no sense of cosmic dualism between a good spiritual God of light and an evil god of the material realm. Even though they speak degradingly of angels who gave us the Law, there is no evidence that they see these angels as evil creators and lords of the material realm.