This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
[R]egard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable
distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. [NASB]
In closing his letter, Peter gives his purpose in writing the letter. As part of this purpose, Peter reminds his readers of the teaching they have received through the prophets and apostles. The words of the prophets and the apostles should be foremost in our minds; these words should stir up faith and faithfulness to our Lord and Savior.
In verses 15b-16, Peter commends the writings of the
Apostle Paul and refers to these writings as Scripture.
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