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The Importance of Being Different

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In the second chapter of Peter’s first epistle, he continues to emphasize the believer’s holiness. That is, believers need to be different from the society in which they dwell. Long-story-short, Peter tells his readers, the Jews of the Diaspora in Asia Minor (1Peter 1:1), since they had been saved through a second birth to become the children of God (1Peter 1:23), and since they refer to God as Father (1Peter 1:17), they need to be different from the world around them. This would be especially so concerning those who intend to do evil against them (1Peter 2:1). God is different, incomparable (Isaiah 46:5), which is the essence of his attribute of holiness. So, when he calls his children to be holy, because he is holy (Leviticus 14:44-45; cf. 1Peter 1:16), he means he expects them to be different or separate from the world around them. His children must not allow themselves to be conformed to the mold (i.e. behavior philosophies, goals, knowledge etc.) of the world. Rather, be separate to serve their holy Father. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Revelation of the Mystery

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As I have said in a previous blogpost, Peter knew Jesus and witnessed what he said and did during his three and a half years of public ministry. Such knowledge, when believed, imparts joy, because the believer is shown how he is able to share in the inheritance of Christ—eternal or unending life. A special blessing is given to those of us who have not seen yet believe and love Jesus (1Peter 1:8; John 20:29) who is preached in the Gospel narratives, the record of the Apostles of Jesus. Our faith in and love for Jesus (1Peter 1:8) is expressed in our willingness to spread the Gospel (1Peter 1:9) to the end that others would be saved (cf. Matthew 28:18-20; Titus 2:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Our Reward at the Appearing of Jesus

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James tells us that the trial of our faith brings patience or endurance (James 1:3-4). Our reward for enduring the fiery trials of our faith is praise, honor and glory (1Peter 1:7). That is, if we endure until the end of the trial, even our enemies will have to reassess their opinion of us, even if they cannot or will not embrace what we believe. Often an enemy will commend the inner strength of his foe, even if such commendation is expressed in a negative manner. He may even express his respect for the believer’s apparent integrity. Nevertheless, whether or not accolades come from our enemies, Jesus highly esteems the believer (cf. Matthew 10:32). Such is the reward of enduring the troubles of life or the deliberate attacks of those who oppose us. Although our salvation cannot be lost, marred or destroyed (1Peter 1:4), we can lose our reward (cf. 1Corinthians 3:11-15 and Matthew 10:33)—the praise of Jesus for the display of the believer’s inner strength (built up and exemplified in the fiery trial) that demonstrates his or her trust in God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Believers Are Kept by the Power of God!

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If, as Peter claims in 1Peter 1:4, our inheritance is kept safe by God in heaven, what can be said of the lives we live in the present? Our future is secure, but what practical good does that have for us in the present? Peter clams that we, who will inherit immortality, are also presently protected by the power of God (1Peter 1:5). In other words, we are not left alone to face the world by ourselves. Our protection is made effectual through faith. Our faith in God—trusting him—permits him to act on our behalf. Our free will is important to God, so he will not act for us, unless we put our trust in the fact that he cares and will use his almighty power to help us. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Three Great Things

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It is interesting to watch Peter’s behavior in the Gospel records. He is so impetuous, seemingly so ready to stand with Christ and declare his loyalty to him. Of all the Apostles, he is the most endearing, perhaps because, more than any of the others, he is willing to go on record, to act at once, rather than wait to see which way popular opinion was trending. No doubt, because of this characteristic, the Gospels record Peter doing three great things: making a great claim, making a great boast, and making a great error. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Persecution in Asia Minor

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In my two previous blogposts regarding First and Second Peter, I have argued that Peter, the apostle of Jesus, was the author of both epistles. Moreover, the epistles had to have been written sometime before the persecution that developed surrounding the fire that burnt much of Rome in 64 AD. Therefore, the persecution that Peter mentions, occurring in the five Roman provinces of Asia Minor, must be a different persecution than that begun by Nero at Rome. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Baptism of Fire

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In a previous blog post (HERE), I described the baptism of the Holy Spirit or the Messiah’s baptism as referred to by John (Luke 3:16-17). Nevertheless, John describes the Messiah’s baptism as one “with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16; cf. Matthew 3:11). That is, it seems John referred to a single baptism or an immersion in both the Holy Spirit and fire. Some have understood John to mean Jesus would baptize his disciples with the Holy Spirit and the world (or those who reject him) with fire, but I don’t think John meant that at all. In Matthew’s account (Matthew 3:11) the single preposition en (G1722)[1] is used for both the Holy Spirit and fire, indicating a single baptism. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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