- Make a list of the practical conclusions that Peter draws from the certainty that the day of the Lord will come. How do these work out in the way you yourself live?
- Verses 17, 18 sum up the theme of the whole epistle.
How are we to maintain stability in the Christian life? Show that to be stable is not to be static.
Note. Verse 12. ‘Speed its coming’: the day is being hastened as by our repentance and zeal we remove the need for God’s forbearance (verses 9, 15). Cf. Rom. 2:4.
- What arguments do the scoffers of verse 3 use?
What is the best defence against them (verse 2)?
- In verses 5-7 Peter refutes the scoffers by reference to the unfailing fulfillment of God’s word.
Explain from these three verses how the words and actions of God in the past assure us that in the future he will again do what he has said.
Is there a similarity between the people of Noah’s day and our own (Cf. Matt. 24:37-39)?
- Why is ‘the day’ so slow in coming (verse 9)? Cf. Ezek. 18:23, 32.
Note. Verse 10. ‘Elements’: the material elements of the universe, but, as many think, with specific reference to the heavenly bodies.
- Although we have the ‘light’ of prophecy, it is necessary to beware of false teachers. Note from today’s passage the forms of evil in witch the false teachers indulged.
By which of these are you most liable to be snared?
How far is this kind of behavior seen in modern society?
How would you meet the claim of those who profess to be free from the restraints of convention (verse 19, cf. John 8:34-36)?
Cf. verse 20 with Matt. 12:43-45; Heb. 6:4-8.
Note. Verses 4-10 are parenthetical, interrupting the description of the false teachers, which is resumed in 10b.
- Of what does Pete take such care to remind his readers?
Does any Christian not need this kind of reminder?
Cf. 3:1, 2; Deut. 32:18; Heb. 2:1.
- How do verses 16-21 provide an answer to theologians who claim that truth does not require a basis in historic fact?
- Explain from verses 20, 21 the nature of the inspiration of Scripture.
What gives it its authority, and what should govern its interpretation.
Note. Verse 19. ‘The written word of prophecy has been confirmed by the vision of the Lord’s glory. . . on the mount of Transfiguration, and Christians may well trust themselves to its guidance in this dark world, till light has dawned, which will render the lamp of an external revelation unnecessary’ (Swete). This lamp of prophecy is referred to again in 3:2.
1. Verses 1-4. How is oversight or the shepherd-care of God’s flock to be exercised?
What Characteristics should a good pastor:
(a) avoid, and
(a) how Peter speaks of himself, and
(b) who is the chief Shepherd.
2. Verses 5-14. What according to these verses is ‘the true grace of God’, and how are we to ‘stand fast in it ‘ (Verses is 12)? In other words, what purpose is God working out for our good, and what must we do to co-operate with him, and to enjoy the full enrichment of all his grace?
1.Verses 7-11. In what practical activities ought all Christians to engage?
Make a brief list of them from this passage.
In what way do they all start?
At what end should they all aim?
What is my gift (verse 10), and am I properly exercising it in ministry?
2. Verses 12-19. What kind of suffering should the Christian:
(a) avoid, and
(b) rejoice in?
How should the latter kind of suffering be faced, and what good can be expected to come as a result of enduring it?
Note. Verse 14b: i.e., because God will specially manifest his presence to you and with you. Cf. Exod. 40:34.