The Apostle Peter’s second letter is a very important one for the modern believer. Peter was near the end of his life, and the new movement he had helped to pioneer was entering into its third decade. Peter’s thoughts on spiritual growth and maturity, truth and error, and the motivations of godly and ungodly men all combine to express one of the most important works on perseverance in the faith ever written.
In the second chapter, Peter focuses on false teachers. He cares about the progression of maturity and spiritual growth for his audience, and sees false teaching as perhaps the greatest threat to holy and blameless lifestyles of faith. These are sensual men, Peter warns, who offer beautifully wrapped empty promises that ultimately lead to “utter darkness”. “Sensual”, in the way Peter is writing, implies a self-centered pleasure-seeker. A “lover of pleasure”, as Paul would later describe them – one who does not have a necessary “love of righteousness” and of God to anchor their passions.