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Who Were Peter’s Readers?

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Peter opened his epistle by identifying himself as one of the Apostles of Jesus (1Peter 1:1). The term apostle has to do with one being sent. He was an envoy or ambassador of someone else and was a representative of the authority sending him. In other words the authority of any apostle or envoy is derived from the authority responsible for sending him. Barnabas was an apostle of the church at Jerusalem (Acts 11:22; cf. 14:14).[1] He represented them and spoke for them. Peter was an apostle or envoy of Jesus; he represented and spoke for Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 2, 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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Authorship of the Epistles of Peter

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It almost seems like a ridiculous question to ask: who is the author of the epistles ascribed to Peter? However, modern Biblical critics have made it almost necessary to show who the author of first and second Peter actually is.[1] Nevertheless, it needs to be mentioned that, until the dawn of modern criticism, scholarly opinion of authorship had been for over a millennium that Peter wrote both epistles. First of all, the epistles, themselves, attribute authorship to Peter, an apostle of Jesus (1Peter 1:1 and 2Peter 1:1), and early attestation that Peter wrote the first epistle ascribed to him comes from second, third and fourth century church fathers such as Irenaeus: Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria and Eusebius. Moreover, the author of first Peter claims to have witnessed the suffering of Jesus (1Peter: 5:1). Therefore, either the author is Peter, the apostle, or the author lied. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2016 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Peter and the Leper

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Hollywood has produced some really weird films, especially horror flicks. I have to wonder if the idea for those walking dead films doesn’t come from the Bible. In Numbers 12:12 Aaron is speaking with Moses just after both he and their sister, Marion, had spoken out against him. She was struck leprous, and Aaron begged Moses not to let her be as one dead, whose flesh appeared to rot on one’s body during the otherwise normal course of life. One who was leprous was unclean (Leviticus 13:3). The condition spreads over one’s body (Leviticus 13:7-8), and, because contact with others is often contagious, quarantine was necessary (Leviticus 13:46). In the days of ancient Israel, it was incurable (cf. 2Kings 5:7). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Fishers of Men

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Up until Jesus entered Peter’s boat, Luke shows us how men failed Jesus. They seemed to want to control him and use him for their own ends, like one would a powerful resource. In Nazareth he was met with unbelief, and when Jesus tried to show them the consequences of their unbelief (Luke 4:23-27), they sought to kill him (Luke 4:28-29). The Lord is not a lifeless commodity or spiritless resource we need to control. Just as we enjoy our freedom, so God enjoys his. He doesn’t force us to choose his way, so we shouldn’t seek to compel God to do our will (viz. “naming it and claiming it”). Our simple trust is all he requires. God must be free to give us a negative reply, if our relationship with him is to go anywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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I Am a Sinful Man Oh Lord!

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Often those people who wish to tell us that there is more than one way to God are actually irreligious people. They neither attend any religious service regularly (Christian or otherwise) or show any concern for God and his ways, other than to parrot the claim that more than one road leads to God. It is astonishing that they are taken so seriously. In any other way of life they would be brushed off as ignorant people who have no idea about what they claim. Would a doctor take a stone mason’s remedy for cancer seriously? Would an astronomer take into consideration what a man told him about the moon, simply because the man owned a pair of field glasses? Would the star quarterback on the losing team in the Super Bowl believe what the Monday-morning-quarterbacks claimed went wrong in the game, just before they got into their vans to deliver their company’s goods to the local stores? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Calling the First Disciples

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It is actually John who shows how five men first came into contact with Jesus following his baptism. Andrew and an unnamed disciple left John the Baptist to be with Jesus on the way back to Galilee from the Jordan (John 1:37-39). When they arrived in Galilee, Andrew went to fetch his brother, Peter (John 1:40), and the following day Jesus found Philip, who then told Nathaniel who also

came to see Jesus (John 1:43, 45). These are the first five men who came to listen to what Jesus had to say, and it is implied in the Synoptics that some of Jesus’ disciples were with him in Capernaum and probably Nazareth, as well (cf. Luke 4:38 and Mark 1:13).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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