2 Peter (Program #8) – The Divine Government (1)
The apostle Peter had a strong reaction to the apostasy that were spreading into the church near the end of his life. In fact he wrote his two epistles largely as an inoculation against the heretical teachings that were gradually corrupting the faith of the saints. Especially regarding the matter of the Lord’s second coming in glory.
In 2 Peter, he first gives an eye-witness account of seeing the Lord Jesus revealed in glory as a foreshadow of His promise return . Then he points the believers to the word of God, specifically the Old Testament prophecies concerning Christ, as he says in chapter 1:19 “and we have the prophetic word made more firm, to which you do well to give heed as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;” But after these two strong encouragements he goes on to speak of the coming judgment of the righteous God especially on those false teachers who were defiling the saints and leading them astray.
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