- A. The Certainty of the Lord's Coming (3:1–7)
- B. The “Timing” of the Lord's Coming (3:8–10)
- C. The Responsibilities in View of the Lord's Coming (3:11–17)
Peter explains why it is necessary for Christians to continue their growth in grace. In so doing, he declares the error of the false teachers and why their teaching must be rejected.
God's triumphant work of grace awaits its climax at the second coming of Christ. While Christians have come to a saving knowledge of God through Jesus, they have yet to reach their final destiny in the eternal kingdom. As they await their destiny, they are called to live as God's holy people in the world. Such a life necessarily involves a rejection of destructive heresies and continued growth in grace.