Analysis Of The Book ' The Heil '

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Nicholas Wentworth Introduction to New Testament Fr. Heil Final exam First Peter was written to exhort Christians experiencing various forms of persecution to steadfast endurance and exemplary behavior. Peter begins by telling his hearers that they have been chosen by God as “divine sojourners” in his plan. This emphasizes two aspects of their relationship to God: They have been chosen by God and so can hope for salvation in Christ and because they have been chosen they ought to live holy (set apart) lives from the pagan world they are in. Thus, Peter prays that grace be multiplied in them. He then tells them that their trials are a kind of purification for their faith, so their worship may be more perfect. Peter says that it is…show more content…
This shows the relationship between liturgical and ethical worship. So, Peter says, doing good, is one way we can entrust our souls to God. Peter exhorts us in this ethical worship so that we may share in the glory God is crowned with. Finally Peter offers a prayer for peace. Second Peter is likely an epistle written to a subset of the audience that heard First Peter. The author is identified as a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ and the audience as those who have obtained a faith that is precious to us in the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ. He blesses them asking that grace and peace be upon them. He notes that it is these graces of God that grant the virtues, excellences, knowledge, and self control they use to glorify Jesus Christ, and secures their salvation. He says he and the other apostles are witnesses to the divinity of Jesus Christ, reminding his readers that he did not try to persuade his audience with “cleverly devised tales.” Because they were witnesses, they have the “prophetic word,” and so are moved by the Holy Spirit, not their own interpretation. In contrast to himself and the apostles, he warns about false prophets encouraging the faithful in sensuality and greed leading the flock to its own destruction. He warns about the terrors to come to those false prophets and those who follow them by a comparison with angels and noting that for
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