There is little doubt that Peter wrote his letters at a time when believers were suffering. We do not know details of their circumstances, but Peter wanted to stabilize these saints by reminding them that God “called [them] to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises…[and] become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
It is characteristic of Peter to build on what believers are because of Jesus Christ and what they have in Him. These truths are confirmed by the Scriptures “spoken from God” (1:21). This was important since false prophets and teachers were seeking to trouble them with their teaching. Peter then goes into detail about the coming of the Lord; “the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly” (3:7). Then he asks this question:
“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God!” (2 Peter 3:11–12).
In a real sense, the day we live in is very similar to those days when Peter was writing. “What sort of people ought you to be?” I challenge you not to let the details of the current virus consume your attention, but give yourself to being a faithful disciple of Jesus and doing His work. He will take care of you as well as all the wrongs of this world and the false teachers (Hebrews 10:27).
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