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II Peter
Peter says that one day to God is how long for us? Find out by playing this quiz.

II Peter

Two or three years after he wrote his first letter, Peter had heard worrying news that false doctrine was being taught in the churches of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). These people had already caused problems, and Peter feared that their sinful ways would continue to sully the Christian churches. Therefore, he wrote this letter from his prison cell in Rome, to warn against these false teachers. Christians should know their Bible, their enemy, and what lies in store for us all in the future.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
Peter says that one day to God is how long for us?
A year
A hundred years
A thousand years
Ten thousand years
God wants everyone to go to Him, so He is patient and gives us time to change our ways.

II Peter 3:8-9
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance"
In the opening lines of the letter, Peter wishes that two things should increase for his readers. What are they?
Faith and hope
Grace and peace
Charity and wisdom
Knowledge and love
Grace and peace are given to all who know God, but the more one knows Him, the more one is given. He even shares His own glory and goodness with us.

II Peter 1:1-3
"Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue"
What is it that Peter says can be relied on, because they came from the Holy Spirit?
Old Testament prophecies
Paul's letters
The Jewish Laws
Peter's letters
The prophecies - open to many interpretations when they were made - had since come true in Jesus.

II Peter 1:20-21
"knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost"
Peter assures his readers that the stories about Jesus are true. How does he guarantee it?
He says that others who he has met knew Jesus
He says that the Gospels were written by witnesses of Jesus
He says that he saw Jesus with his own eyes
He says that the historical records of Rome prove that Jesus was real
Peter himself saw Jesus' resurrection and transfiguration.

II Peter 1:16-18
"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount"
What is mentioned for the first time by Peter as being a part of the Bible?
The letters of Paul
The Gospel of John
The Revelation
The Gospel of Matthew
The Bible, or "scripture", at the time consisted only of the Old Testament. By referring to Paul's letters as scripture, Peter was including them in the Bible.

II Peter 3:15-16
"And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction"
Talking of the last days, what does Peter say will be dissolved after being set on fire?
The earth
The heavens
The seas
The air
Christians should live in righteousness so that they are prepared for the last days.

II Peter 3:11-13
"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness"
Peter's second letter ends with a warning to Christians not to be led astray by who or what?
By the wicked
By the pleasures of the flesh
By the cunning
By the tempting of demons
Talking still about false teachers, Peter warns his fellow Christians not to make the same error as they have.

II Peter 3:17-18
"Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen"
As an example of what awaits sinners, Peter mentions the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha, the great flood, and the imprisonment of who in Hell?
Satan himself was an angel who went against God's will. Even angels are subject to God's judgement.

II Peter 2:4-6
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly"
Peter is keen to remind Christians of their faith because his time is short. Why is this?
Because soon Peter will be in Egypt
Because soon Peter will be locked away
Because soon Peter will be in Spain
Because soon Peter will die
Peter was to be executed by the Romans, according to legend, on an upside-down cross. While still with us, he was determined to spread the faith.

II Peter 1:13-14
"Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me"
Peter says that false teachers are made to be destroyed, just like what?
Empty pottery
Sand castles
Quail eggs
Wild animals
The false teachers do as they wish, only to be destroyed by their own sin.

II Peter 2:12
"But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption"


Author:  Graeme Haw

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