These two concise epistles confess a rich theology of the end times. They warn against libertine heretics who condone promiscuity as an acceptable expression of the Christian life, and who scoff at Christ’s second coming because of his apparent delay. These inspired books of Scripture recall Old Testament events such as the fallen angels’ rebellion, the sexual abomination and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Balaam’s seduction of Israel. God’s earlier acts of judgment and salvation guarantee that he will indeed act again. Christ will return, destroy the present corrupted world, raise all baptized believers, and bring them into the new creation characterized by righteousness. The final day is also the time of severe judgement against the false teachers. This message about the downfall of evildoers provides Gospel comfort to the church, which will be vindicated.
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Curtis P. Giese is a professor in the theology division at Concordia University Texas in Austin, where he teaches Greek and New Testament. He received his BA at Concordia University St. Paul and then went on to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri for his MDiv and STM. He then continued his studies at Lutherische Theologische Hochschule in Oberursel, Germany, and then at Hebrew Union College at the Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio where his emphasis was Judaism in the Greco-Roman period while receiving his MPhil and PhD.