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Author of 1 Peter

Peter is such a prominent figure in the Bible that we feel like we already know him.  We are familiar with so many of the accounts in the gospels of Peter.  We are familiar with his preaching in Acts.  However, I think it is important to allow Peter to introduce himself to us.  So as we look through the letters of 1 and 2 Peter let’s look at how Peter describes himself.

Fellow Christian

“Obtained a faith of equal standing with ours.”-2 Peter 1:1.  Peter identifies himself as being equal with his recipients with regards to their faith.  He writes as a fellow disciple to other disciples.

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Overcoming Threats to our Faith

In an earlier post we talked about threats to our faith.  Real hazards that could keep us from reaching the land of rest that we are awaiting. (Read post here).  It is important to recognize that we have threats to our faith.   However, recognizing the threats to our faith is one thing.  It is an entirely different thing to make sure that we are overcoming the threats to our faith.  I want us to investigate the book of Hebrews now to show how we can overcome those threats.

Encourage One Another Daily

The author of Hebrews seems to have a favorite book, Psalms.  Throughout the book he builds his arguments from selections from this book.  He even interprets narrative passages through the lens of the Psalms.  One important Psalm to our author is Psalm 95.  Specifically, the writer focuses on verses 7, 8.  Where he exhorts the readers to not “hardened their hearts.”

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Threats to Our Faith

The book of Hebrews is described as a “word of exhortation” (Hebrews 13:22).  This has to do with both the form and the function of the book.  In its form it is a written sermon with an epistolary ending.  It is also an “exhortation” in function.  The correspondence is an exhortation to faithfulness and progression.  The congregation has become “dull of hearing.”  They is a legitimate possibility of “falling away.”  Our writer takes these dangers seriously and therefore wants to respond to them forcefully.

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My Jesus

Hebrews 1:1-4 is one sentence. A lot of clauses, but only one sentence.  It perhaps is one of the most well crafted sentences in the history of the world.  At least its content is packed with power.  In one sentence the author of Hebrews describes Jesus.  Let that sink in for a minute.  Books have been written to describe men like Theodore Roosevelt or George Washington, and they have not exhausted the information about these men.

Think about describing these men, in any meaningful way, in a sentence.  Could you do it?  Yet, the Hebrew write provides for us a beautiful outline of Jesus.*  So what does he say?

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Isaiah 6 and Watch The Throne

This morning I noticed an interesting phrase trending on twitter.  The phrase was Watch the Throne.  I jokingly put up on twitter that I guessed a lot of people must have been reading Hebrews this week.* The buzz, though, is about an album being released with that title.  A friend of mine responded to my joking tweet and mentioned Isaiah 6.  I love this passage, but have never written on it here.  So that is the impetus for this post.**

The Glory of God

The text begins with God sitting on the throne.  In it Isaiah is clearly “watching the throne.”  What he sees is beyond description.  Isaiah records for us, as best he can, God’s glory.  It fills the room.  It is smoke-filled. God on the throne is high and lifted up. This glory fills the whole earth.

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