November 19, 2023
2 PETER 1-3
DAY 323 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: 2 Peter 2:1-3
Today, our journey takes us through the entirety of 2 Peter. This letter from Peter is thought to be his last. It was likely written while he was in prison in Rome, where he would eventually be killed. In this letter, we can see how Peter has grown from the disciple who would speak and act before thinking, from the disciple who denied Christ as He was on trial, and into a leader of the church, secure in his faith, even when facing his death at the hands of those wish to see him suffer.
Before reading, stop and pray, asking that the Lord provide understanding of 2 Peter 1-3. Read 2 Peter 1-3. Let’s journey!
2 Peter 1-3: Peter begins his letter by establishing his credentials and calling upon the readers to maintain their faith through their actions. Peter reminds them of how scripture has been fulfilled and will continue to be fulfilled. Peters moves on to the heart of his message: false teachers. He does not try to dispute each individual false claim but highlights some of their false teachings. Peter compares the punishment for false teachers, to that of the angels who rebelled and were cast out of heaven. The day of the Lord is not far, but the Lord allows time for all to repent. We must be ready! (2 Peter 1:1-3:18)
Our focus verses for today:
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
(2 Peter 2:1-3, NIV)
Often during an argument, each and every point made by the opposing side is refuted carefully. Each side attempts to completely deconstruct the other’s argument. Peter does not do that here. Instead, Peter encourages the church to study, know God’s word so that they will be able to defend themselves against false teachers. We can go to church every Sunday, but unless we independently study God’s word, know what it says, we can easily be led astray. Are you able to defend your faith?
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