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The Divine became Human so that humans could become divine and be partakers of the divine nature.
The writer’s primary goal is not to point out errant teachings and beliefs. Rather, the purpose of the letter is to build up the community. We should always be alert to those teachings and people that create divisions and draw us away from a life in Christ.
Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you that are in Christ.
Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly, not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock.
Therefore, let those who suffer according to God’s will do right and entrust their souls to a faithful Creator.
In these verses Peter tells us what holiness looks like: enduring love, ungrudging hospitality, and service and stewardship in words and deeds.
In this passage, Peter is writing about how Christ reverses the curse of Genesis 6 by linking Christian baptism with the story of Noah.
When we read the Scriptures we must necessarily be aware of vast cultural difference between its societal and religious paradigms, not only in the household codes but in all things of which Scripture speaks even in such central ideas such as salvation and justification.
I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. – Martin Luther King
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. God’s own people.
Peter encourages us that if we truly believe that “we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (v.1:3) then our lives and our manner of living should reflect this truth.
To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.