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THE PENITENT APOSTLE PETER- Anthony van Dyck

English:  1 Peter
Greek:  1 Πέτρος
Transliterated:  1 Petros
Other names:  The first epistle of Peter

 

whoWho

Wrote the book:  Peter
Are the key people:  Peter, Silas, Mark
Is it written to:  Messianic Jews

 

whatWhat

The blessings for G-d's people (1 Peter 1:1-2:10)
The conduct of G-d's people (1 Peter 2:11-4:19)
The shepherding of G-d's people (1 Peter 5:1-14)

 

whenWhen

Was it written:  c 62-64 CE
Did the events occur:  c 62-64 BCE
Was it canonized:  c 120-170 CE
(see the Timeline of the First Century)

 

whereWhere

Was it written:  possibly Rome
Did the events occur:  Jerusalem, Rome, Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Bithynia, and other areas of Asia Minor

 

whyWhy

1 Peter was written to inform us that: 
Salvation is a gift of G-d.
Persecution is expected but will make believers stronger.
Believers are privileged to be chosen to be G-d's family.
There is an order of authority within G-d's family.

 

whyIntroduction

Unlike Paul's letters, the name of First Peter describes the author of the epistle rather than its audience. The apostle Peter wrote to believing Jews dispersed throughout the known world who were being persecuted by their non-believing Jewish brothers. They were distressed that the kingdom of G-d had not already arrived so Peter encourages them to remain faithful "to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled" that is yet to come. Peter reminds them of their salvation in Messiah and exhorts them to "long for the pure milk of the Word" of G-d in the midst of their suffering. He extols the greatness of Yeshua and reminds them of their position as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for G-d's own possession". He encourages them to continue living lives that are holy and set apart for G-d who will "perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish" them when He returns.

 

 

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Yom Rivi'i, 4 Tevet, 5779

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