McKnight is a popular author and speaker on issues related to the ; his blog was named the most popular blog online related to the movement. Furthermore, it is fundamental for New Testament teaching to see this work of creation as a work of the Holy Spirit John 16:7 — 11 , though that dimension is not mentioned here by Peter but cf. That identity and those purposes have been spelled out in the pages of the Bible, and modern cultures or subcultures in which local or national churches abide can only be dialectically related to that Bible. While it is possible that evidence like quotations from the Old Testament e. ³ Just how should Christians interact with society? Education becomes indoctrination into the ideas of recent special interest groups. While it is possible that evidence like quotations from the Old Testament e. What Peter says here of Jesus Christ is fundamental to his understanding not only of Jesus himself, but also of the Christian life.
Yet the church is the place where salvation is proclaimed. As important as these perspectives are to Christians today, however, it is instructive to note that Peter does not approach these questions from the point of view of human rights and legality. Nor does this letter encourage the Christians of Asia Minor to go out and bring in social dropouts. This activism has led many to a more Reformed orientation. What this means is that other tasks are to be seen either as subordinate to these goals or a means of accomplishing them. Once again, I wish to express my thanks to Terry Muck, our general editor, but especially to Jack Kuhatschek, not only for envisioning this remarkable series of books, but also for his painstaking scrutiny of my manuscript.
Just how that might be done differs from culture to culture. While biblical Christianity affirms the first, it does not necessarily affirm the second. Another difficulty I had was that my outline of 1 Peter didn't match McKnight's, so often I was jumping around or poking into half a chapter. Ethics, then, is a part of theology, not something added to theology in a moment of practical urgency. Luke 12:35 and 1 Peter 1:13; Luke 11:2 and 1 Peter 1:17; Matt. Accordingly, one of the reasons it is hard to apply this feature of 1 Peter to our world is our own problem.
Yet I do not want to argue, as a presupposition, that pseudonymity is not found in the Bible, for there can be differing motivations for writing something pseudonymously. Should we escape into a more sheltered world? Yet it is likely that the road to Christianity for these Gentile pagans included a stop at the local synagogue, where they were instructed in the Torah and the ways of the Jewish people. Once again, I wish to express my thanks to Terry Muck, our general editor, but especially to Jack Kuhatschek, not only for envisioning this remarkable series of books, but also for his painstaking scrutiny of my manuscript. A second observation, however, is that it is rare for Christians to live obediently even in the Western world without experiencing some kind of social exclusion at some point in their lives or at some level of existence — even if it does not go as far as outright persecution. Besides the name at the outset of the book, there are elements that confirm Peter as the author of the book.
Just how Christians are doing this varies considerably. Unfortunately, he does not give Elliott a careful reading. This preparation leads Peter to digress in 2:6 — 8 for a more complete discussion of what is meant by this rejection-acceptance theme. That is, the living Stone laid in Zion is interpreted messianically in light of these two texts. Should we pursue this situation so that 1 Peter can meet our needs? Acts 5:30, 10:39 and 1 Peter 2:24; Acts 2:23 and 1 Peter 1:20.
It is perhaps easiest to see the grammar and logic of these verses if we diagram the verses graphically the translation is mine to facilitate this diagram. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. Even if believers have begun to share in the salvation of God 1:9 , that salvation is presented as only complete in the future 1:5. Without engaging in a lengthy discussion, it seems best to say that there is no evidence from 1 Peter that becoming a Christian in Asia Minor involved a drop in social class though I am certain such a thing happened frequently ; nor is there a shred of evidence from 1 Peter that these believers had at one time been people of power or status. Reification also takes place in theology and interpretation, not to mention application. With this salvation in mind, Peter now sets their social condition i. By looking at more than one term at a time, we will have a wider grasp of what Peter is saying and will avoid the hazard of being concerned with only one term apart from its larger contexts.
But the work of J. To the shame of many modern Christians, this kind of question is simply not being asked, even while passionate activity assumes some theoretical basis—and passionate activity has not been lacking. While we admit to differences between our world and theirs, the first-century church comprises our ancestors in the faith. The watchword for American universities is no longer simply truth; rather, the watchword today seems to be pluralism or toleration. Those who fail to recognize that Scripture is both timely and timeless run into a host of problems. These are not worthy motives for those of us who claim to follow Jesus Christ and the pattern of the apostles. Each passage is treated in three sections: Original Meaning, Bridging Contexts, and Contemporary Significance.
Grammatically, our passage is one massive run-on sentence. As a result, Christians are to live in light of that day of manifested grace. Peter exhorts his readers in four areas, each of which is grounded in a reflection about salvation. Paul warned the Galatians about the consequences of circumcision and the dangers of trying to be justified by law Gal. Fear of death is not a Christian emotion; joy at the prospects of fellowship with God is. Purging Leads to Life 4:1 — 6 D.
But ultimately what we are talking about is spiritual discernment — discernment of what a particular person needs to hear as we preach the gospel to him or her. He tells us that Christians survive in a hostile environment not by legal proceedings against persecutors but by endurance; not by imposing a lifestyle on others through law but by living holy lives that compel others to watch us; not by destroying unbelievers with sound bites and innuendo but by respecting them even as we witness to the eternal truths of the gospel. We will delight in the knowledge of God and will want to learn what is true about ourselves in light of that knowledge. Whereas some salutations orient themselves around Christology Rom. You will look at personal applications, but you will also be encouraged to think beyond private concerns to the society and culture at large. That, in itself, ought to make us pause before we speak and to transform how we talk.