The coming of Messiah – Jesus Christ – signaled the beginning of what the prophets had foreseen as the “last days.” From the Old Testament perspective, things like judgment of sin, the coming of Messiah, and resurrection were all future expectations. But with the coming of Jesus Christ, His condemnation of sin on the cross, and His glorious resurrection, the future had seemingly invaded the present.
It is from this perspective that Peter now speaks carefully and simply to his beloved readers. If Christ could return in a moment, how should we be living? Where should we put our energies in terms of our relationships with fellow Christ-followers? Peter answers these questions directly and strategically.