The Second Letter from Peter is addressed to a wide circle of early Christians. Its main concern is to combat the work of false teachers and the immorality which results from such teaching. The answer to these problems is found in holding to the true knowledge of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, knowledge which has been conveyed by persons who themselves have seen Jesus and have heard him teach. The writer is especially concerned with the teaching of those who claim that Christ will not return again. He says that the apparent delay in Christ's return is due to the fact that God “does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants all to turn away from their sins.”
Outline of Contents
The Christian calling (1.3-21)
False teachers (2.1-22)
The final coming of Christ (3.1-18)
This letter, which bears some similarities to the Letter of Jude, warns believers about false teachers who will try to lure them away from the truth. The author urges these believers to remain loyal to God and to keep themselves pure because the Lord will return one day to judge the world.