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The Apostle Peter

  Peter's Character and Actions are found in all True Christians When Peter was first introduced to Jesus, the Lord looked into his heart and said to him, "Thou art Simon the son ofJohn: thou sha/t be ca//ed Cephas (which is by interpretation, Peter)" (John 1:42). The name "Peter" meant rock in the Greek and seems to indicate the kind of discip...
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First Peter - An Overview

The Apostle Paul had diligently established churches throughout the regions of Peter's audience (see 1 Peter 1:1). The churches; however, were not immune to temptation, false doctrines, and persecution to the point of apostasy (see Galatians 1:6; 3:1; and 5:4). Peter's epistles reveal that through time many of the saints had lost their way in righteousness. Some were clinging by a thread to their faith as they were being dispersed throughout the country because of their lifestyles and relationship with God (1 Peter 4:4, 12). Peter's admonition is that they hold on to their holiness because God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). The dispersed Christians were facing many obstacles that stood in their way of salvation. Peter tells us of their temptation to return to their old ways of living due to the sin all around them (1 Peter 1:14 and 2:11). Secondly, they were being persecuted for their faith...
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Second Peter

The Apostle Peter is the author of second Peter (see 2 Peter 1:1 and 3:1-2). It is just as difficult to place a date on 2 Peter as it is to date his first epistle. Persecution upon members of the body of Christ and the death of Peter are the only dates we have to go by in dating 1 and 2 Peter (i.e., between 33 and 68 AD). This second epistle was written sometime after the first so it has a later date (see 2 Peter 3:1). The audience is general; i.e., "them that have obtained a like precious faith" (2 Peter 1:1). Peter states the objective of this epistle at 2 Peter 3:1 saying, "1 this is now, beloved, the second epistle that I write unto you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind my putting you in remembrance." Peter's audience is admonished to...
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