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The Apostle Peter

1 Peter

Peter had been traveling at the time of his writing with Jesus for over 30 years. Peter is one of God’s elect, sanctified and at the same time working out his sanctification. While Peter’s election “is anchored in eternity it is also functional in history.”[1] It has come full circle and it is time for Peter to lay down his life and this time we see a grown-up Peter, growing in Christ likeness that will finish well. As Jesus emptied Himself, we see Peter walking “in his footsteps,” caring and speaking into the life of fellow believers as his cross is near. Peter had become that under-shepherd of Christ, assuring his fellow believers that all that has come their way is part of the refining work of God, and as God’s power had raised Jesus from the dead so shall His power shield and raise them (1 Peter 1:4, 5). Peter’s life as an apostle is the final pouring of the foundation on which the Church will advance until Christ returns (Ephesians 2:20). Peter’s recording of the breath of God is also the recording of the gospel applied in his life and a visible display of the victory of Jesus (2 Peter 1:21).  Peter’s witness and final journey of faithfulness to his cross, which Jesus prophesied, is evidence that Christ is living, ruling and victorious (John 21:18, 19). The call to the Christian was to be aliens and strangers in the world that used to be their home by putting off that old way of life and to live such good lives as to make Christ known (1 Peter 2:11, 12). For the Christian, all of life is now missional for the name of Christ to be glorified. “The end was near” and the victory certain, suffering only lasts for a little while and as Jesus was raised from the dead so shall you be to inherit your eternal crown forever and forever. The call on your life is to walk “in His footsteps” (1 Peter 2:21; 1 Peter 4:7).

[1] Kittel Gerhard and Friedrich Gerhard, eds. Theological Dictionary of The New Testament (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1971), Vol IV:192.