This letter was also written by Simon Peter. In it he tells
of "false teachers" (2:1-3) who were threatening
to turn the ecclesias (churches) away from the true Gospel.
In the last days, some would even deny the second coming of
The apostle Peter, inspired by God's Holy Spirit (the power
of God), proclaimed true teaching, like the prophets of God
in Old Testament times (1:21). Peter reminds his readers of
the "exceeding great and precious promises" of God
(1:4) and "the words spoken before by the holy prophets"
Peter was one of three apostles who saw Jesus "transfigured"
while they were with him in a high mountain (Matthew 17:1-9).
He was an eye-witness of the event. In the vision Jesus appeared
as he will be seen in the future Kingdom on earth.
Peter gives reassurance that, though the faith was threatened
by evil influences, God will judge the wicked and preserve
the righteous - just as Noah was saved from the Flood (2:5),
and Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (2:6-8).
There were some who were starting to doubt that Christ would
return (3:4) but Peter reassures them that the Lord will keep
his promise (3:10-13). Jesus will come back to the earth.