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An Overview of Second Peter

2peter-overviewIn his second epistle Peter identifies himself as Simeon Peter,[1] using the Hebrew pronunciation of his name. He must have written this epistle before the Nero persecution of 64 AD, when tradition claims both he and Paul were executed as martyrs for Christ. In such a case, the timeline for Peter’s second epistle would be during Paul’s imprisonment or from cir. 56 AD to 64 AD. Most likely, however, Peter wrote it sometime after James’ death, which occurred cir. 62 AD. All things considered, it probably dates between 62 and 64 AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Epistles of Peter, Gospel of Luke

 

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The Believer’s Warfare

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Although we are not to resist evil by returning blow for blow (Matthew 5:39), we are told to resist the evil committed against us by taking to us the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13) which is our protection in the day of evil (persecution). The armor consists of having our loins (procreative power – i.e. evangelism) girded with the truth, and the breastplate (which guards the heart) with righteousness or good deeds (Ephesians 6:14). The armor also includes protecting the feet (our walk or behavior) with the Gospel of peace (Ephesians 5:15)—not returning evil with evil, but enduring affliction (2Timothy 4:5) and insults (Matthew 5:39); and, finally, having the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16), trusting in God will shield us from the fiery darts of those who slander or falsely accuse us. In this manner, Peter tells us in 1Peter 5:9 to resist our adversary, the slanderer, who walks about seeking whom he might trip up in order to compel him to abandon Christ and return to our previous lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Our Adversary

devilContrary to what is normally assumed about the content of 1Peter 5:8, there is nothing in the context of this verse that would point to a spirit being, to whom we often refer as the Devil or Satan. To believe that Peter suddenly and without warning points to such an enemy as this, seems counterproductive and simply doesn’t fit in with how he presents the context of the persecution at hand. Rather the word Peter uses simply means enemy and the same Greek word is used by Jesus in Matthew 5:24 where he says to “agree with your adversary” in hope to settle a matter before it got worse. Peter is speaking of the believers’ human adversaries who are looking for opportunities to cause them trouble. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Awakening Jairus’ Only Daughter

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A messenger, someone from Jairus’ house, came to tell him his daughter had died (Luke 8:49), and he mentioned to Jairus that Jesus shouldn’t be troubled (G4660) further (Luke 8:49; Mark 5:35). This same Greek word is used by the Roman centurion (Luke 7:6), when he told Jesus it wasn’t necessary for him to enter the centurion’s house. If a Jew entered the home of a gentile it would bring trouble on him from those strictly observant Jews who jealously guarded their separate status, concerning the gentile community (cf. Acts 11:2-3).[1] So, the messenger from Jairus’ home implied, if Jesus continued to the house, Jesus would be troubled or harassed by some of the folks who were already there (cf. Luke 8:53). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Mutual Submission of the Believers

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At first, Peter seems to refer to the rest of the flock of God as the ‘younger’ who need to submit to the ‘elder’ (1Peter 5:5a). While 1Peter 5:1 does seem to refer specifically to the pastors and officers of the local bodies of believers throughout Asia Minor, I have to wonder if the use of the word ‘younger’ in verse-5 doesn’t modify verse-1 to include the elder and more mature believers of the community. Their lives are meant to be examples to the whole body of believers. They may not be the ‘official’ elders, but their lives do influence what is done by their respective local church groups to a great degree. So, Peter calls upon the younger to have a submissive attitude toward their elder brethren in Christ and consider them as examples to follow. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Crown of the Faithful

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Peter tells us that the faithful elder could expect the crown of glory that fades not away, and this he will receive at the appearing of the Chief Shepherd (1Peter 5:4). The time of Jesus’ appearing has been discussed before, and it concerns when it will become clear to all that Jesus is really the Christ (Messiah), whom the Jews so long expected. This would be made clear when the Jews were judged for rejecting their Messiah and his Gospel, which occurred in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Therefore, whatever crown Peter referred to would have been given the elders at that time. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Peter’s Three Contrasts

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In a previous blogpost I showed how Peter exhorted the elders or leaders of the local church bodies meeting throughout Asia Minor to feed the flock of God. However, this command, which actually comes from Christ, has more to it than simply teaching God’s word. In the latter part of 1Peter 5:2 Peter uses three pairs of contrasts—negatives and their corresponding positive compliments—to show how an elder needs to express his responsibility of feeding or tending the flock of God. First it should not be done through constraint, but willingly; secondly, it should not be done for the sake of filthy lucre but of a ready mind; finally, it should not be done as lords over God’s heritage, but through one’s own example. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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