The much-neglected 2nd letter of Peter was written to Christians living in the latter half of the 1st Century. He doesn’t specify who they are or where they are which makes the application of what he says appropriate for a wide audience, which includes 21st Century Christians.
His original hearers were Christians, but it seems from what he writes, they were experiencing considerable difficulties. Many of the issues they faced arose from false teachers with new ideas that undermined the truths of God and the gospel. This was having the effect of shaking their faith, leading to doubts and a rejection of Christ.
As we study this letter, we will hear the echoes of history that resonate with our age and culture and challenge us to be strong in the strength God provides for life and godliness.