3:1,2,15,16). Teachers of heresy will come to the fore and they arealready here. (2:12-22) they are headed for destruction and they donot believe in the Lord’s return and ridicule such an idea. Thesetype of ideas are well suited to the heresy of Gnosticism that at alater date would be more fully developed the root began in the firstcentury A.D. and became fully blown in the second century A.D.Peter had a specific number of believers in mind.( 3:15),if this is the same believers to whom the apostle wrote too in hisfirst epistle.(3:1) from this I can see that it was intended for the believers somewhere in Asia Minor.
To combat any errors is to grow in the knowledge of theLord. The key to this I believe is to grow in Christian spiritualmaturity. I have to learn to trust in God obey His word the subjectthat the author begins his epistle with and ends.( 1:2-11; 3:14-18).Knowledge is more than academic brilliance that the worldrecognizes the Biblical meaning is to know God. An on goingexperience with God and Christ our risen Lord that transforms usinto moral excellence on a continuing basis (1:2,3;2:20). To knowGod enables us to overcome the heresy of Gnosticism. The meanswhereby we obtain such knowledge of God is to be found in theScriptures designated as the prophetic word( 1:19-21) and theteaching of the apostles.( 3:1,2,15,16) All of chapter 2 covers adetailed description of false teachings and those who instruct suchand warnings against them.Included a serious warning of sliding into apostasy becausethey once had knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.(2:20).The final chapter stresses the Second Coming chapter 3 andis attacked by those who scoff and ridicule such an event which isstill to come. This is an event that should motivate us all too godlyliving.