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First and Second Peter Online Bible Study
As we begin our study in First and Second Peter, we are reminded of the dark times in which Peter wrote his letters. Christians were a hated group of people and persecution ranged from simple mistrust to Christians being killed. Near the time of Peter writing his second letter, Christians were being dipped in tar and set on fire to light Nero’s gardens, or eaten by lions as a spectator sport. Adding to the darkness were misunderstandings of the Christian faith. Most people, whether Jew or Gentile, didn’t understand what it meant when Christians said, "Christ is the Light of world." The concept of grace was a mystery. What did it mean to "obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood" (1 Peter 1:2)? How does this bring peace? Darkness also spread in the first century as false teachers distorted the gospel of Jesus Christ and led many astray from truth. Peter, however, continued to "proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called [us] out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).
Today, living on the Western Slope of Colorado, Christians don’t worry about being dipped in tar or thrown into the arena with lions, but we still live in dark times. Christians can be very misunderstood and despised. The more we reflect the light and love of Jesus, the more unbelievers see their own dark sins as they feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit. This often causes them to squirm and pull away from us. Unbelievers not only live with distorted truth, sometimes they utterly disregard the idea of sin and mock God. Many live for their selfish lusts. The result is darkness and confusion that seeps into many areas of their lives and the lives of those around them. Many people still don’t understand what it means to be sprinkled with His blood or how God’s grace brings peace. Today, like in Peter’s day, we also have false teachers who spread Satan’s lies and darkness, keeping people bound in defeat.
The spiritually dark world in which we live affects our lives in many ways. Darkness confuses our government, our places of work, and our families. Everywhere we look, from our own homes, to TV, to movies, to politics, people idolize the "good life" but that idol only brings death. The light of Christ brings life. His light brings true life that is full of peace. My prayer for this study is that the living light of Christ shines through us so that we may learn how to be living light in darkness.
In His Grace and Peace,
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