The Second Epistle General of Peter

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 159–160


What Is the Message of 2 Peter?

Knowing he would soon die (see 2 Peter 1:14), and knowing there were some people who were teaching falsehoods and contradicting the truth (see 2 Peter 3:16), Peter wrote this letter in a simple and direct manner. Peter knew the eternal significance of the gospel and wanted the Saints to endure faithfully. This letter explains very clearly how we can gain a knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote that Peter’s words in 2 Peter “rank in spiritual grandeur and insight with those in the Vision of the degrees of glory and the sermons of the Lord himself” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:325).

An Easy Outline of 2 Peter

One purpose of the gospel is to help us overcome sin so that we can partake of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. This purpose is clearly taught in 2 Peter. Chapter one teaches how we can come to a knowledge of the Lord and partake of His divine nature. Chapter two contrasts a true knowledge of Christ with the false teachings being spread by apostates. And chapter three calls attention to the hope a true knowledge of the Lord brings—the promise of His glorious return to the earth.