Outline of 2 Peter

I.  Greeting (1:1-2)


II.  God’s Call on the life of a Christian and the Christian’s response (1:3-11)

            1.  God’s calling His people to glory (1:3-4)

            2.  The Christian’s response to God’s call (1:5-11)

                        a.  progression of faith to love (1:5-7)

                        b.  work to grow in grace (1:8-11)


III.  Purpose (1:12-15)


IV.  Defense of Apostolic and Scriptural authority (1:16-21)

            1.  Defense of Apostolic authority (1:16-18)

            2.  Defense of Scriptural authority (1:19-21)


VI.  Warnings against false teachers (2:1-22)

            1.  Warning of their imminent arrival (2:1-3)

            2.  Warnings from history and God’s Faithfulness through history (2:4-10)

                        a.  the fall of the angels (2:4)

                        b.  the fall of the ancient world and salvation of Noah’s family (2:5)

                        c.  the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah and salvation of Lot’s family (2:6-8)

                        d.  reminder of God’s competence in saving his people from trial (2:9-10)

            3.  Description of the false teachers (2:11-17)

            4.  Warning about the road these teachers travel along (2:18-22)


V.  The second coming of Christ, the imminent judgment of ungodly, and the new

                        heavens and the new earth (3:1-13)

            1.  Have confidence in Christ’s promise to return (3:1-9)

            2.  Have confidence that Judgment is coming (3:10-12)

            3.  Have confidence in the remaking of heaven and earth (3:13)


VI.  Closing exhortation (3:14-18)

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Posted on April 19, 2008, in Expositions and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I would like to see you give another shot at an outline with the theme being the Knowledge of God (Jesus) and what happens when that knowledge is abandoned. Peter seems to write in a “sandwich” style in 1 Peter and it seems to continue in 2 Peter – please see “knowledge” in 1:2 and 3:18. In this case, it seems the sandwich is the whole epistle.

    Stott wrote, “Your Mind Matters.” This epistle seems to prove it.

    Thank you


    • Jack, that is an interesting thought and perhaps is something to explore. Peter is certainly giving these churches a final charge to defend against false teachers before his own death, and I can see how knowledge of God (Christ) plays an important role in the standards he sets out his principle. At the same time, I am somewhat reluctant to impose a linguistic theme as the structural outline for a book. Having been an English major in college, I saw that done a lot. One can make a compelling argument for a thematic outline of a text that the author never intended. So thanks for the thought, I did a quick search, and there are a dozen uses of the term ginosko or its cognates in the little book of 2 Peter, so there is no question as to the fact that Knowledge is a prominent thought. What I would like to do though, before I commit to what you are suggesting, is to compare the frequency of ginosko to the frequency of other terms and see what pops up. Thanks for the comment,



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