11 When we read 1 Peter 318 22 the writer stresses the fact that Jesus came to

11 when we read 1 peter 318 22 the writer stresses

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When we read 1 Peter 3:18-22 the writer stresses the fact that Jesus came to our rescue and also speaks about the water baptism. Jesus was crucified for our sins. He was blameless and sinless and yet He chose to save us (sinners and evil people) through mercy so that we will be able to be in God’s presence. We all know the story of Noah, as we read in Gen 6:1-6, this was a time of evil, the people desired only evil. Genesis 6 is a fore shadow of 1 Peter 3, God was sorry He created the people who did as their evil hearts desired and wanted to destroy them. Also in 1 Peter, the writer stresses that God was not pleased with the humans and therefore sent Jesus as our way to draw close to Him again. God destroyed every living thing with the raging waters that covered the earth in Genesis 6, but in the same way our conscience is washed clean through Jesus Christ in water baptism, 1 Peter 3. I believe Peter might have drawn the story of Noah to assure readers that they are being taken with the current of the water but there is hope of complete peace, “ for the Lord into whose body they had been baptized is indeed the Lord of creation. He had made himself known to the spirits of disobedience” , (Commentary on 1 Peter 3:18-22, 2012). 2.2 Second Peter 2.2.1 Historical context of the book of Second Peter The second book of Peter was written to warn the People of God about false teaching. The most common reason for denying the authorship of Peter is the Hellenistic religious language and ideas. But also arises out of the structure of the letter, the matter of which Peter wrote this letter is significant, because nothing reflects the situation in which 12
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Peter is writing everything is addressed to the events after his death, Bauckham (2000:n.p.). According to Bauckham (2000:n.p.), 2 Peter was dated well into the second century even as late as 150. The most evident reason for this is the fact that an issue rises with Parousia being delayed, because “the fathers” died. The expected date is c. a.d. 80-90, just after above mentioned became true. The Canonicity of this book does not lie on the matter of whether it is pseudepigraphal, but merely on the fact of true authorship, because of the form and structure. According to Bauckham (2000:n.p.) , the Jewish literature was pseudepigraphal during this period and they attributed to OT figures who died long ago as their farewell speeches. Seeing that this letter of Peter is pseudepigraphal, the additional reason for denying Peter as the true author is the use of religious Hellenistic language. The reason for this is that this language was quite remarkable for a Palestinian Jew, since it was more common for a Christian of Diaspora Jewish or Gentile origin, Bauckham (2000:n.p.) . This letter is likely addressed to the same or some of the churches to which 1 Peter has been. Also it is clear that 2 Peter belong to the literary genre of testament, in which the figures like Moses or Ezra etc would give a final message to his people, of which include prophetic revelations and ethical exhortation, Bauckham (2000:n.p.)
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