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CHRIST THE CENTRE OF THE BIBLE. 1 & 2 Peter.

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Marilyn C

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PETER - Christ`s Life within Endures Suffering & is our Strength.

 

Peter wrote his epistles to the believing Jews who were scattered beyond Israel. They were undergoing many persecutions and thus Peter desired to help them live a godly life among evil men.

`...though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.` (1 Peter 1: 6 & 7)

 

Peter then gives good advice on how we ought to live, even amid persecution. He then points the believers away from the trials to the future glory which awaited them, and the example of Christ and the reward which would follow.

`...but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ`s sufferings, that when his glory is revealed you may be glad with exceeding joy.` (1 Peter 4: 13)

 

In these writings, which are later in Peter`s life, we see that the Holy Spirit has worked in him, developing patience, with a restful and loving spirit.

Peter reveals how we can work with the Holy Spirit to develop this Christ-like nature.

`...giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue,..... knowledge, ....self control,....... perseverance, ......godliness,.....brotherly kindness, ....love. For if these things are yours, and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.` (2 Peter 1: 5 - 8)

 

In Peter`s second letter, he is concerned about the danger amongst the believers themselves.

`But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.` (2 Peter 2: 1)

 

Peter then warns them and encourages the believers to stand up for the truth.

`For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of His majesty.....We also   have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed ..`(2 Peter 1: 16 & 19)

 

Finally the elderly Peter points to the Lord Himself, as the believers focus.

 `..grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. ` (2 Peter 3: 18)

 

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Hi Marilyn

Aaah, Peter, Peter.  I often think how like me he was.  Intense, rough around the edges, God worked wonderful things in Peter's life to change him into the wonderful believing disciple and preacher he turned out to be.  So often, a rough diamond is tamed through the loving hand of the Master designer if we are prepared to let Him mold and shape us into His chosen vessel.

A personal prophecy to me as a very young believer...... "Thou are a strong horse, and thou must be tamed.".

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Hi Sister,

Thank you for those great thoughts. Wow, that was an upfront, in your face word to you. Obviously you didn`t take offense but ran with it and gave the reins of your heart to the Lord, and over time we here see the result, - a caring, forthright, sensitive to the Lord, sister.

Marilyn.

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Hi Marilyn

Thank you.  There is absolutely no doubt that I am not the same person I was before salvation.  I give God all the glory for changing me - line upon line, precept upon precept, from glory to glory.  My quote, the prophecy from my first pastor, who taught me so, so much, should have said "Thou art a strong horse...", not Thou are.... a typo.  I remember it as if it was yesterday.  It's ongoing, praise the Lord... we were admonished last Sunday by the Lord through that older couple we had never seen before and who did not know us.  We both repented of what they pointed out and told the Lord that we welcome His chastisement and thanked Him for His great love:)

 

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hello sis having a tough few days and i didnt really have anything to comment on as well. this is all new ground for me and it surprises me that i do have things to say lol. but many thanks sis anyway

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