Theological Themes in 2 Peter
Character and conduct
Nothing in this book is more vivid and memorable than the author’s no-holds-barred commitment to soundness of doctrine. But his insistence on the kind of behavior that is consistent with the truth is just as strong (see 3:11).
Consequences of ideas
As an insightful pastor, the writer of 2 The disciple who denied Jesus during his trial but later became a leader in proclaiming Jesus More understands the allure of setting aside the belief in Christ as the coming judge. Certainly the delay of Jesus’ coming (The parousia refers to the second coming of Christ in glory and triumph. This apocalyptic event fulfills various end-of-time prophecies such as the resurrection of the dead and the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth. More in Greek) and the force of hostile circumstances heightened the temptation to see the gospel as no more than an ethical framework for this world alone, with no eschatological dimension. But the author will have none of this; judgment is sure to come, and its effects will be all the more severe for those whose skepticism leaves them unprepared.
The witness of tradition
The author argues strenuously that the apostolic message is not only unassailable (whether by critics or by changing events and circumstances) but remains the only foundation for faithful teaching, ethics, and witness.