Lectionary Year A
April 18, 1999
1 Peter 1:17-23
Step II: Disposition
(JFC) A. GENRE
This text negates many misunderstandings or presumptions on the parts of
heresies or erroneous misconceptions relative to the nature and/or source
of salvation. It contrasts the effectiveness of perishable things, like
silver and gold, with that of Christ's blood to ransom sinners/children of
God. It further declares that the living and enduring Word of God brings
new life, through, as it were, new birth rather than via mortal parentage.
It might be differentiating time and eternity, God and human agents, here
and now as opposed to there and then = heaven?
(JFC) B. PERSONAL INTERACTION
Is this "the time of exile" for the readers of this epistle and/or ours?
Does "genuine mutual love" actually and undeniably emerge from obeying the
in turn, emerges from purifying ones soul?
(JFC) C. ORGANIZATION
"The time of exile" ends verse 1. It refers to a season of living without
proper reverence for
God and without proper realization of Christ's redeeming sinners more
effectively than any previously supposed traditions or customs or people
might suppose. Christ, the blemish free lamb without defect, paid the
price for that ransom. His mission is further described as is His glory
given by obedient servants with faith and hope. Are they those whose souls
are purified to obey the truth to show "genuine brotherly love"?
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