Bible Reading and Commentary April 6-11, 2015

Bible Reading and Commentary
April 6-11, 2015

I & II PETER — In both epistles, Peter sets forth that Jesus is the cornerstone of our eternal salvation. He explains how Christians are to live in their station of life. He urges us to resist sin and Satan. He warns us against false teachers and reminds us that the end is near.

Monday, April 6, I Peter 1
Vv. 3-4 — Where is the greatest hope in this world found? It’s in Jesus’ perfect atonement on Calvary’s cross (vv. 18-19), made certain by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (v. 3). There we don’t have a dead end, but always a living hope. It’s a hope that takes us beyond the grave into the glories of heaven. (v. 4)
Vv. 15-16 — What God expects of us is impossible. How did God do the impossible for us? It was through Jesus. As our substitute, He lived a perfect life for us and freed us from our sins. (vv. 18-19; Heb. 4:15; Eph. 1:7)

Tuesday, April 7, I Peter 2
v. 2 — Christians are not to stay at a plateau. They are to grow up in their salvation.
v. 7 — Jesus is the capstone or cornerstone of the Holy Christian Church. Read Ephesians 2:19-20.
v. 9 — According to God’s inspired Word, all believers are priests in God’s eyes. Our responsibilities as priests are to first and foremost tell others about Jesus (v. 9). We are to live exemplary, God-fearing lives for the world’s benefit (v. 12). We are to humbly submit to government and those for whom we work (vv. 13, 14, 18).

Wednesday, April 8, I Peter 3
v. 15 — How do we tell others of the amazing hope within us? Peter reminds us to do it always with gentleness and respect. Another way for wives (v. 1) and all of us (vv. 8-9) to win souls for Christ is not by an unchristian life, but by our Christian behavior. That can and has led people to want what we have. That’s the joy of eternal life through faith in Jesus’ work of redemption.
Vv. 18-19 — These words are the basis for our confession in the Apostles’ Creed every Sunday: “He (Jesus) descended into hell.” His purpose in going there was to proclaim to the spirits (unbelievers) in prison (hell) that He was the victor over sin, death and hell. Read also I Cor. 15:55-57 and Col. 2:15.”

Thursday, April 9, I Peter 4
v. 8 — For many today, life is anger, hate and violence. For Christians, it’s the direct opposite of that. It’s love. Our love (I Cor. 13:4-7) moves us to forgive if a sin is directed against us (Eph. 4:32) and pray for our enemies (Matt. 5:44) Love covers over sins, doesn’t talk about someone’ sins with others. It goes to the unrepentant sinner with the grim warning of God’s Law and follows that with the sweet, gracious forgiveness found at the cross of Jesus Christ.

Friday, April 10, I Peter 5
Vv. 2-9 — Some excellent words of advice in chapter 5 for pastors and all of us are the following: Young people, submit to those who are older and be humble (v. 5). We all are to resist Satan’s temptations (vv. 8-9) and we need to remember that our earthly trophies and achievements are a fading glory. Only the crown of glory won for us by Jesus never fades (v. 4) It carries us into the eternal glories of heaven.

Saturday, April 11, II Peter 1, 2, 3
Chap. 1:10 — To make sure we stay God’s called and chosen ones, we need to do something. We need to become what Peter describes in vv. 5-8. Our answer to all of this is in God’s Word. God’s Word was brought to us through God, the Holy Spirit. He moved His writers so that what they wrote was His infallible word and our sure, unerring guide in life. (vv. 20-21; II Tim. 3:16-17)
Chap. 2:1 — Peter’s warning to us is that there have been men who taught lies about God’s Word and are still teaching God’s Word untruthfully. There are some doing that in Christian churches today. To follow them is to do like a dog that goes back and eats his own vomit (v. 22). We’ve been freed through Christ’s redemption from the vomit of sin. Let’s never return to it.
Chap. 3:10, 13 — In this chapter, Peter looks ahead to the end of the world. The words, “Laid bare” can mean annihilated or transformed. Either way, God will recreate from the ashes of the old heaven and earth, a perfect world or He’ll begin anew as He did at creation. In either case, the result will be a new heaven and earth (v. 13) where righteousness and perfection prevail forever. (Is. 66:22; Rev. 21:1) To be found in that new heaven and earth, heed and follow Peter’s words in vv. 17-18.

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