I’m working my way to the end of reading The New Testament: As It Was Written. Here are my personal observations from II Peter:
Ch. 1 – Peter cites a progression of discipleship in verses 5-7 that begins with faith, then virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, Godliness, brotherly kindness, and finally love. While all of these are disciplines to be learned and practiced simultaneously, the believer would do well to intentionally learn each one in an orderly discipline as he grows in Christ.
Peter directly infers that these things are abundant, useful, fruitful, incorruptible, truths that pertain to life and Godliness (verses 3-13).
Ch. 2 – We have among us today false teacher (v. 1) who sinfully covet to exploit people for selfish purposes.
Angels are capable of sinning against God, which is simply disobeying Him (v. 4); and, of course, they will be punished, too, as some have been already.
In verses 10-12, these false teachers and sinful indulgers speak evil of things they do not understand and will utterly perish in their own corruption. These people are among us practicing their acts in the open (v. 13). These are the type of people they are:
– Full of adultery (v. 14)
– Talking in evil, deceitful ways but pompous and empty (verses 17-18)
– Lusting after fleshly things, as in homosexual, sexually perverted (v.18)
– Practicing lewdness, that is, in the sense of filthiness (v. 18)
– Lying about liberty while enslaving the innocent (v. 19)
Ch. 3 – Peter states that God is not willing that any (person) should perish but that all should come to repentance. (v. 9)
How long is the day of God (v. 12)? Is it the same as forever (v. 18), which is also translated in other versions as the day of eternity?