Monday, June 30, 2008

2 Peter 1:12-21

Syntactical Display (text translated from USB4 by L. K. Springer)

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Questions and Observations from TNBS

  • Peter does a lot of reminding here.
  • 1:12-15 points back to the qualifications in 1:5-7, while 1:16-21 looks ahead to chapter 2.
  • Peter mentions his death, but does not make a big deal of it. He knows it is coming, but he is not sorry. He is putting things in order. The nearness of death adds to the urgency of the letter.
  • 1:16-21 shows that the NT, etc is not a conspiracy theory, but is based on eyewitness accounts.
  • The prophetic word is a lamp. Lamps give much light, but when the sun rises, there is no comparison. Like the lamp is to the sun, so is the written Word to the kingly return of Messiah Jesus.
  • Peter emphasizes real versus false prophets.
  • 1:19-21 compares with 2 Timothy 3:16.
  • In 1:11, we see that what God has given (1:3-4) and our participation (1:5-7) make for a rich entry into Jesus' Kingdom. It is in this light that Peter discusses the reliability of the apostolic word of the NT and the prophetic word of the OT. Further, these have been made more sure by sneak preview of the Transfiguration (1:16-18 with Matthew 17:1-8). Messiah's glorious, kingly return is certain and this returning Messiah has given us all things for life and godly behavior (1:3). In the meantime, the Word is our light in a dismal place (1:19).

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