Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A good example of Audience Relevance by Tuese Ahkiong

A good example of Audience Relevance
by Tuese Ahkiong

Just studied through 2Pete2:1-10 and want to share my notes that stick the events in the 1st century.
2 Peter 2:1-10
2 But false prophets also arose among the people, JUST AS there will be false teachers AMONG YOU, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, BRINGING UPON THEMSELVES SWIFT DESTRUCTION. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit YOU with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and THEIR DESTRUCTION IS NOT ASLEEP.
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, MAKING THEM AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE UNGODLY; 7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); 9 THEN THE LORD KNOWS HOW TO RESCUE THE GODLY FROM TRIALS, and TO KEEP THE UNRIGHTEOUS UNDER PUNISHMENT UNTIL THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, 10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority…
The “you” in this passage is NOT you in 2014 but the “you” to whom the letter was written.
Peter wrote 2 letters to:
1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 Peter 3:1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
**These epistles were written around 65-68AD.
Peter speaks of how there were false prophets in the OT and how there were false prophets present in the 1st century at the time of his writing of his epistles.
V1 Peter speaks of the imminent destruction of these false prophets (Judaizers).
V3 The Christians were being exploited by the Judaizers.
V4-6 Peter gives 3 examples of God’s swift destruction of judgment upon the wicked.
V7-8 Lot is an example of the righteous rescued.
V9 Peter encourages the saints of The LORD's ability to rescue the godly and the promise of judgment for the unrighteous.
The saints were rescued from imminent swift judgment that fell upon Jerusalem in 70AD. at Christ's return. The apostate jews were judged and the Christians rescued.

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