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in these verses we have the most violent and colourfully expressed tirade in the New Testament.
The purpose of 2 Peter 2 is to warn against false teachers. In this chapter, the writer sets up a comparison between the present false teachers and the historical precedent of false prophets within the Hebrew Scriptures.
Peter is telling us that we will know from our own experience when Jesus returns in glory because Peter had this same experience at the Transfiguration. We must be patient in our expectations.
If 2 Peter 1:4 is the heart of the gospel message, then 2 Peter 1:5-8 is the heart of the response to that message.
The Divine became Human so that humans could become divine and be partakers of the divine nature.
The writer’s primary goal is not to point out errant teachings and beliefs. Rather, the purpose of the letter is to build up the community. We should always be alert to those teachings and people that create divisions and draw us away from a life in Christ.
Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you that are in Christ.
Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly, not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock.
Therefore, let those who suffer according to God’s will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator.
In these verses Peter tells us what holiness looks like: enduring love, ungrudging hospitality, and service and stewardship in words and deeds.
In this passage, Peter is writing about how Christ reverses the curse of Genesis 6 by linking Christian baptism with the story of Noah.
When we read the Scriptures we must necessarily be aware of vast cultural difference between its societal and religious paradigms, not only in the household codes but in all things of which Scripture speaks even in such central ideas such as salvation and justification.