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2 Peter 3:1 - Exposition

This Second Epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; literally, this Epistle already a second one I write unto you. The ἤδη ("already") implies that the interval between the two Epistles was not long. The expression "beloved," four times repeated in this chapter, shows the apostle's affectionate interest in his readers; and the word "second" forces us to make our choice between the Petrine authorship of the Epistle or the hypothesis of a direct forgery. In both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance; literally, in which, i.e., "Epistles;" the word "second" implied an allusion to a First Epistle. St. Peter repeats the words which he had used in 2 Peter 1:13 , "I think it meet … to stir you up by putting you in remembrance." Mind ( διάνοια ) is the reflective faculty (see 1 Peter 1:13 ); that faculty should be exercised in holy things. The thoughts that pass through the Christian's mind should be holy thoughts; his mind should be pure. The word rendered "pure" ( εἰλικρινής ) occurs in Philippians 1:10 (where see note); the corresponding substantive is found in 1 Corinthians 5:8 ; 2 Corinthians 1:12 ; 2 Corinthians 2:17 . It is said of things which can bear to be judged in the sunlight, and so means "pure, clear," or (according to another possible etymology) "unmixed," and so "genuine, sincere."

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