You know this: what part of Scripture . . .
- was written by an apostle
- had a multiple and circular readership
- had readers in Asia
- had an opening where you can discern the Persons of the Trinity
- had the word “blessed” in the opening verses
- spoke of testing faith
- had the phrase “revelation of Jesus”
- ascribed praise and honor and glory to God
- spoke of angels
- spoke of Jesus as a Lamb
- used temple language
- spoke of an earthly ruler
- mentioned spirits in prison
- spoke of Jesus in heaven
- declared that the end was near
- mentioned “elders”
- foretold Christ’s return
- promised a crown of glory
- featured warnings about the devil
- used the word Babylon
- extolled God’s eternal kingdom
- talked about a “morning star”
- warned against false prophets
- spoke of angels committed to chains
- referred to Sodom
- promised vindication for the godly and punishment for the ungodly
- mentioned Balaam
- specified a “thousand years”
- prophesied that the heavens would pass away
- held out hope for a new heavens and a new earth
The answer? The letters of 1-2 Peter, of course. Surprised? Well, pray tell, what book were you thinking of?
We’re winding down our series through 1 Peter on Sunday mornings at Kosmosdale Baptist Church, so I thought I’d list 5 commentaries that have been particularly helpful and insightful.
(1) Tom Schreiner’s volume from the New American Commentary series. Get it here.
(2) Karen Jobes’s volume from the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series. Get it here.
(3) John Elliott’s volume from The Anchor Bible Commentary series. Get it here.
(4) Peter Davids’s volume from The New International Commentary on the New Testament series. Get it here.
(5) Wayne Grudem’s volume from the Tyndale New Testament Commentaries series. Get it here.
Here are 3 honorable mentions:
(1) Scot McKnight’s volume from the NIV Application Commentary series.
(2) J. Ramsey Michaels’s volume from the Word Biblical Commentary series.
(3) I. Howard Marshall’s volume from the IVP New Testament Commentary series.
What does 1 Peter teach about God’s judgment? On p. 804 of his Anchor Bible commentary on 1 Peter, John H. Elliott provides a helpful summary:
The judgment of God…is both inclusive (4:5-6) and impartial (1:17), involving the living and the dead, nonbelievers and believers everywhere. The honor or shame it brings will be meted out according to each one’s deeds (1:17) relative to God’s will and each one’s response to Jesus Christ (2:4-10; 3:16). All creatures (cf. 2:13) are accountable to God their Creator (4:19). This universality and impartiality of divine judgment is firmly accented in early Christian tradition and is stressed repeatedly in 1 Peter.