The overwhelming message of 2 Peter and Jude is “hold fast.” Hold fast to godliness, hold fast to holiness, hold fast to faith. This is a message that would have spoken to the original reader when these books were written, and it is a message that speaks to us today. We don’t face a great deal of persecution as believers in North America, but we are surrounded by false teachers and the temptation to follow after that which is not of God. How is God calling you to “hold fast” in your life today? How is He calling you to “keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life” (Jude v. 21)?
You may recall that the last time I posted about my studies, I suggested that those who are reading the Bible along with me should read the Peters, Jude and 1 John. In the interest of keeping all the “Johns” together, my next post will be on John’s epistles and gospel. After that, I’ll do a post on Revelation, which will close out my coverage of the New Testament (we study Matthew at the end of the year). If you’re reading along with me, read the epistles of John (1, 2 & 3 John) and the Gospel of John. It should take you about two hours and forty five minutes to read all four books.
Main Idea: Peter urges the readers to not be led astray by false teachers, but practice holiness and godliness as they wait for the Day of the Lord.
Reason Written: Believers were dealing with false teaching and an immoral culture, tempting them to return to the lives they led before they came to Christ.
TT: Believers are to live lives of holiness and godliness while waiting for the coming of the Lord (2 Peter 3:11).
Main Idea: Jude urges the readers to contend for the faith and to have mercy on those who doubt.
Reason Written: False teachers and ungodly people who blaspheme and lead others astray plague the church.
TT: Those who follow false teachers are setting themselves up for destruction (Jude 1:11-13).