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The Judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah

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To show the nature of God’s judgment upon the false teachers of the second chapter of his second epistle, Peter pointed to three examples of God’s judgment upon mankind. His first example of God’s judgment, which fell upon the angels or messengers (patriarchs) of God, pointed to Satan (through the leaders into whose hands he vested his authority – see Revelation 13:2). Peter’s second example of God’s judgment was the Noahic Flood, which points to the world. In his final example of God’s judgment Peter mentioned Sodom and Gomorrah which cities God destroyed because of their extreme wickedness, and this judgment corresponds to the flesh (cf. Jude 1:7). It is this third judgment that will be the subject of this blogpost. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Did Jesus Already Come in Power?

Destruction of Jerusalem

Destruction of Jerusalem

According to Acts 14:22 the Kingdom of God is entered sometime **after** one becomes a believer. In other words, the people Paul spoke with were believers, having the Holy Spirit, yet they were not, as yet, in the Kingdom of God, because it is entered only through much tribulation. Therefore, observing the rapid spread of Christianity cannot be viewed as discerning (G1492) the Kingdom of God, nor can any of the other theories (see HERE) with the exception of #4, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Working Out One’s Salvation

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In 2Peter 1:8-9 Peter points to the work of God on the one hand and the work of the believer on the other (cf. 1Peter 2:4-8). If the Gospel (the accurate knowledge, G1922 – epigenosis) of our Lord, Jesus, is believed and active in us, these things will abound and we won’t be idle in God’s hands or unfruitful in what we do for him (cf. Philippians 2:12). The word idle (G692) is used by Jesus in the Parable of the Householder (Matthew 20). In verses 3 and 6 the householder found laborers who stood idle (G692) in the marketplace, so he hired them and sent them into his vineyard. Peter’s point is that, if the believer applies himself to working out the things mentioned in 2Peter 1:5-7, he won’t be idle, because he will be laboring to produce the fruit of the Gospel, and he won’t be barren in producing fruit out of the accurate knowledge, (G1922 – epigenosis) of Christ, our Savior. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Cultivating Christ, Our Outer Life

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In my previous study I wrote of the first four characteristics of a disciple of Christ that need to be added to his walk with Christ. Those four were part of the seven Peter mentions in 2Peter 1:5-7. In this study I wish to point to the final three of that seven, or godliness, brotherly kindness and love. These arise out of the first four and manifest our outer life in Christ. That is, the final three visibly characterize the believer who supplies them to his life in Christ. It is as the world sees him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Peter’s Great Confession

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In Luke 9:20 we find that Peter claimed that Jesus was the “Christ of God!” This is the first time anyone has ever made that confession. Earlier the nameless multitudes claimed Jesus was the Prophet who should come (John 6:14), and earlier still even some of the disciples said Jesus was the Messiah (Christ). Peter’s brother, Andrew, told Peter he had found the Christ (John 1:41). About the same time Philip went to Nathanael to say he had found the one Moses said would come (John 1:45), and when Nathanael found Jesus he agreed (John 1:49). Yet, none of these were like Peter’s confession. Andrew repeated what John the Baptist had told him, and he, together with Philip and Nathanael were merely impressed with what Jesus said to them. They reacted to circumstance, but didn’t really think it all through in their hearts like Peter did. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Is it Simon or Simeon?

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Some ancient manuscripts of Peter’s second epistle have the Hebrew pronunciation, Simeon (συμεων – G4826), at 2Peter 1:1, while others have the Greek pronunciation, Simon (σιμων – G4613). Apparently, a later copyist changed Peter’s given name at 2Peter 1:1 to what he thought it should be. Throughout the Gospel narratives Peter’s given name is recorded as Simon, or the Greek pronunciation of his name. Probably, the copyist originally changed what Peter wrote at 2Peter 1:1 from συμεων (G4826) to σιμων (G4613), rather than the other way around. I can see no logical reason anyone would change how Peter’s name is written in the Gospels to agree with how his name is written at Acts 15:14, which is the only other place in the New Testament where Peter’s given name is written according to its Hebrew pronunciation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Faith of the Servant of Jesus

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Second Peter seems to mark the end of an era—the end of the Apostolic Church. Peter mentions that his death was imminent (2Peter 1:14), so his second letter takes the genre of a final testimony, telling his readers what they should keep in mind, as they face the persecution that has come upon them. For this reason 2Peter has been compared with Paul’s 2Timothy, where both warn about the apostasy that should follow their deaths, and to look for the judgment that would follow at the coming of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Epistles of Peter, Gospel of Luke

 

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