Peter’s two letters are vibe rich and the gist is that this is an instruction manual for the early Christians who are under threat from Rome. Tough times should be enjoyed – they give us the chance to share a little of what Jesus went through and let us put our faith in Jesus to good use. Not only that, says Peter, it’s better to suffer for doing the right thing than the wrong thing.
We are good ambassadors for God when we are nice and we should love each other. Citizens, slaves and wives should submit to governments, masters and husbands and we should always be ready to share what we know about God with other people. Church leaders should guide people enthusiastically and younger people should buy into this vibe. All troubles should be shared with Jesus and we need to be on the lookout as the Devil is always ready to jump on our backs.
The vibes we need in order to have a proper experience of Jesus are spelled out: faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Peter tells us that Jesus isn’t a fairy story – and he should know, he was there.
The vibe gets feistier in his second letter – false teachers are as worthless as wells without water and Christians who have turned their back on their faith are like dogs returning to their vomit.
Finally, we should be wary of those who tease us that Jesus hasn’t returned yet. A day to Jesus is like a thousand years says Peter, and he’ll come unannounced like a thief in the night, so it is best that he finds us on our best behaviour. We are encouraged to stay strong, not be led astray by bad people and to keep learning as much as we can about Jesus.
General vibe: Forewarned is forearmed.
Factvibe: Fifteen of the 25 verses in Jude also appear in Peter’s letters.