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1. We must grow in holiness. 3:14

1. We must grow in holiness. 3:14

Eschatology produces ethics.
14 is connected to 13 by “we wait”
The arrival of the new heavens and new earth is the hope of believers, awaited eagerly by all who truly know God.
Then God's righteousness will be all in all
1 Corinthians 15:28 CSB
When everything is subject to Christ, then the Son himself will also be subject to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.
The exhortation in v. 14 restates in different terms the summons to a godly life in v. 11,
--make every effort (be diligent)
2 Peter 1:5 CSB
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge,
2 Peter 1:10 CSB
Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble.
Diligently pursuing godly virtues is necessary for the final reward, that is, eternal life in 1:5–11. Similarly, in 3:14 diligence in godliness is requisite for enjoying the new heavens and new earth.
Diligently pursuing godly virtues is necessary for the final reward, that is, eternal life in 1:5–11. Similarly, in 3:14 diligence in godliness is requisite for enjoying the new heavens and new earth.
without spot and blemish compared to the the false teachers in
2 Peter 2:13 CSB
They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. They consider it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight. They are spots and blemishes, delighting in their deceptions while they feast with you.
Not moral perfection—yet..
be found—in peace
Peace (eirn) designates being right with God, entering into his presence with joy rather than experiencing his wrath.99
Peace (eirn) designates being right with God, entering into his presence with joy rather than experiencing his wrath.
Schreiner, Thomas R.. The New American Commentary, Volume 37 - I and II Peter, Jude (p. 394). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Lord’s Supper is a means of grace, reminding us of our need of the gospel and the provisions made for our sins through the blood of Christ.

2. We must grow in wisdom. 3:15-16

PhD has taught me how unintelligent that I am and how much I must grow.
Refreshing to hear Peter say Paul is difficult to understand—especially after verses 10-13. Ha.
Believers cannot become lax and must pursue wisdom.
The Bible is an Unending well. I have read the famous pastors, I have read the smartest theologians. Nothing compares to reading God’s word.
It is not a manual to refer to or a wall to stare at…it is a window into the world as it really is.
PAUL
More likely the opponents latched on to Paul's statements about freedom from law to advance libertinism
Romans 2:4 CSB
Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
The “our,” then, designates Paul as fellow worker with other apostles, not as a fellow believer with all other Christians.
some of the letters of Paul had been circulated so that readers had access to some of the letters that had been preserved.
Schreiner, Thomas R.. The New American Commentary, Volume 37 - I and II Peter, Jude (p. 395). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Paul encouraged a wide reading of his letters
Schreiner, Thomas R.. The New American Commentary, Volume 37 - I and II Peter, Jude (p. 396). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Colossians 4:16 CSB
After this letter has been read at your gathering, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.
Paul acknowledged his wisdom was from the Lord and that he was sent as an apostle by Him.
Colossians 4:6 CSB
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.
Eschatology and ethics are common in Paul’s letters.
The Pauline letters arose as a subject only because they were being distorted by the false teachers, and perhaps the converts of the false teachers as well. This explains why we are told that some things are “hard to understand” in them.
Misinterpretation, however, is inexcusable. The “ignorant” and “unstable” twist the Scriptures, but it is clear that such ignorance and instability were not merely due to lack of instruction.
Earlier Peter spoke of believers as “firmly established” in the truth (1:12). Furthermore, we are informed that the teachers enticed “the unstable”. Now we are told that the “unstable” distorted the Pauline writings. Their culpability is evident, for Peter went on to say that they did so “to their own destruction.” “Destruction” is a typical term for eschatological punishment.
Those who were twisting and distorting Paul's writings lacked the humility to learn from others, but they were perverting what Paul wrote to justify their licentious lifestyles.
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This is common of many false teachers.
—> Paul’s letters are affirmed as being Scripture.
Schreiner, Thomas R.. The New American Commentary, Volume 37 - I and II Peter, Jude (pp. 396-397). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Schreiner, Thomas R.. The New American Commentary, Volume 37 - I and II Peter, Jude (p. 396). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Schreiner, Thomas R.. The New American Commentary, Volume 37 - I and II Peter, Jude (p. 396). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.

3. We must grow in grace. 3:17-18

The two imperatives in these verses summarize the entire letter well. On the one hand, the readers must be on their guard, so that they do not fall prey to the false teachers and lose their eschatological reward. On the other hand, they will only remain vigilant if they “grow” in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
They knew the danger that was at hand and continues until the return of Christ.
Schreiner, Thomas R.. The New American Commentary, Volume 37 - I and II Peter, Jude (p. 399). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Believers maintain their secure position, in other words, by heeding warnings, not by ignoring them.
We must not also just fight against about the bad guys...
We must grow in grace.
Schreiner, Thomas R.. The New American Commentary, Volume 37 - I and II Peter, Jude (p. 400). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
His grace was expressed in his saving righteousness that gave faith to believers (1:1), and Peter prayed that grace would be multiplied in the lives of believers (1:2). Furthermore, his grace has granted believers everything they need to live a godly life (1:3–4), so that they will experience in full God's saving promises. Grace is the foundation of the lives of believers and is entirely God's gift, and yet believers are exhorted to grow in it, to be nurtured in it, and to be strengthened by it. Grace is not a static reality. Believers are to grow in it until the day they die.
Schreiner, Thomas R.. The New American Commentary, Volume 37 - I and II Peter, Jude (p. 401). B&H Publishing. Kindle Edition.
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