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Monday, April 9, 2012

New Testament overview on the epistles of Peter and 1 and 2 John

Epistles of Peter and John
After taking a few weeks off we continue our study of looking at overviews of NT books this week.

1 Peter
Author: Peter (1:1).
Audience: “pilgrims of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1:1).
Purpose of Book: Peter writes to those who had been “dispersed” because of severe persecution. He writes encouraging the Christians who had been part of the dispersion and gives them encouragement to keep following Christ.

2 Peter                                                                                                                          
Author: Peter ( 1:1).
Audience: “to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ” (1:1).
Purpose of Book: The purpose of second Peter was for Peter to strengthen his fellow Christians in their faith and to warn them and have them be on guard against false teachers and to encourage them to grow (2 Peter 3:17-18).

1 John
Author: John
Audience: Believers
Purpose of Book: John writes offering certainty for faith in Christ, and gives those who believe assurance for their salvation in a time where many false religions were prevailing.

2 John
Author: John
Audience:  Elect lady and her children (1:1).
Purpose of Book:  John writes to encourage the church to walk in truth and love, and be on guard against false teachers.

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