As we closed out the second letter, I was reminded of what an intentional writer Peter was. How he carried the theme of ‘doctrine with application’ throughout both letters. If you think through these eleven weeks, you’ll recall how he reminded us first of the reason for our faith; the glorious salvation found through Jesus Christ. He followed that with the first “therefore” and into what we should do to live out that salvation. Instruction that is as applicable today as it was to the scattered and persecuted believers of 1st Century Asia Minor.
The conclusion of his first letter, and the introduction to the second, continues with encouragement on growing our faith through both the relational and cognitive aspects of life in Christ. In other words, Peter thought it critical that we grow in both knowing Him AND knowing more about Him! To do this we are to use our gifts, be productive in our testimony and continue to remind one another of our purpose.
Finally, Peter concludes with doctrine regarding the return of Christ and the evil of false teachers. We are to remain alert, sober and in the Word. Again, every bit as useful today as it was then. In his final words he brings it back to the relational and the cognitive:
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
I know I will want to keep the lessons of this study close at hand, and heart. Let’s continue to consider the charge that we build one another up and create a desire to grow in our walk by way of “craving pure spiritual milk.”
See you in February as we begin a study of 1st Samuel.