Lesson 2 of 6
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Outline of 2 Peter

Revised by Matthew L. Skinner, 04/23

1. Greeting and Address (2 Peter 1:1-2)

The author identifies himself as “Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ” and addresses his audience.

2. Thematic Overview (2 Peter 1:3-11)

Readers are reassured that Jesus Christ has provided the church with all that it needs to thrive and endure in a world that is both corrupt and corrupting. There is a continuous need for vigilance, charity, and fortitude in the approach of the kingdom of God.

3. Situation and Occasion of the Letter (2 Peter 1:12-15)

The recipients are assumed to have heard from the author on a previous occasion; this letter comes as a follow-up, a reminder intended to equip readers further for the travails and challenges of their time.

4. The Letter’s Argument (2 Peter 1:16-3:13)

As an essentially corrective correspondence, the bulk of the letter consists of a series of warnings and responses.

A. The Return of Christ (2 Peter 1:16-18)

Warnings are issued to those who deny Christ’s return.

B. The Scriptures (2 Peter 1:19-21)

Warnings are issued to those who denigrate the authority of the Scriptures.

C. False Teachers (2 Peter 2:1-10a)

Warnings are issued against teachers whose motives and teachings are false and against teachers who flout authority and responsibility.

D. Unrighteousness (2 Peter 2:10b-22)

Those who spread unrighteousness are the targets of a scathing denunciation.

E. The Lord’s Judgment (2 Peter 3:1-13)

Warnings are issued against those who deny that Christ will return as judge.

5. Concluding Exhortations (2 Peter 3:14-18)

The author concludes by exhorting readers to live wisely and purposefully in a time of spiritual peril.