The letters of 2 Peter and Jude are sometimes overlooked, yet their message for today's church is timely and compelling. Today, as in the first century, Christians must guard against false guides who lead young believers astray and cause divisions within the community of faith. Responding to this ever-present danger, 2 Peter and Jude equip readers to discern truth from illusion and exhort them to loyalty, harmony and spiritual maturity.
In this volume of the Bible Speaks Today series, Dick Lucas and Christopher Green offer passage-by-passage exposition of the letters of 2 Peter and Jude. They include introductory information on authorship, original audience, major themes and recent issues of scholarship, while focusing on the relevance of these two letters to contemporary Christian experience.
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“In order to win followers and gain influence, these men have deliberately chosen to teach a wrong gospel that will make fewer demands and more promises of instant blessing.” (Page 212)
“But he refuses to bring a slanderous accusation against Moses, and instead allows God to remain the lawgiver and judge.” (Page 193)
“Is the power of Jesus Christ sufficient on its own to strengthen the resolve of anxious and tempted Christians in a tough and attractively pagan world? Peter’s answer is that Jesus’ power is more than adequate, for Jesus not only sets the highest standards for Christians to live up to, he also gives the resources to meet those standards, and in the end he will defeat the forces who oppose him.” (Page 45)
“one of the hallmarks of Christian maturity is a growing dissatisfaction with our level of godliness.” (Page 61)
“Having said that it is the faith which is God’s gift that puts us right with him, now he writes that personal and private assent to Jesus’ lordship, if it is authentic, must work itself out in public and practical ways. Faith is to be both foundational and functional.” (Page 57)
R.C. Lucas is rector of St. Helen's Church, Bishopsgate, London.
Christopher Green is vice principal at Oak Hill College, London. Previously he worked at three churches in the London area and is coauthor of The Message of 2 Peter and Jude and coedited a book on preaching entitled When God´s Voice Is Heard. He also edits the Oak Hill School of Theology volumes.