1 PETER- was written by Peter, on of Jesus’ twelve disciples, to the Christians who lived in the northern provinces of Asia Minor. These Christians were being persecuted for their faith, so Peter wrote to encourage them. Peter told these Christians to remember how much Jesus had suffered for them and to follow his example by being brave and trusting God. He said that because God chose them to be his people and because Jesus suffered and died for them, they should live the way God wanted them to.
2 PETER- was written to the same group of Christians as Peter’s first letter. These Christians were now in danger of being led astray by false teachers. Peter reminded them that the best way to resist false teachers was to grow in the knowledge and practice of the Christian faith. He warned them that God would destroy the false teachers. Peter also reminded these Christians to live “holy and godly lives,” because Jesus would certainly keep his promise to come again.