1st Peter: An Epistle of Peter, Part 1 - Arthur Bailey Ministries

1st Peter: An Epistle of Peter, Part 1

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Shalom Saints,

Public whippings by teachers were common when I was in Elementary School. One time, I was summoned to the front of the classroom by the teacher. With a very stern look, he ordered me to “put forth your hand!” I was then hit several times with a long, thick, wooden paddle for talking and disrupting class. Even Floyd remembers having to lean over the teacher’s desk and being paddled on the backside for passing notes!

I asked Floyd, “Did you go home and tell your Mom?” He got an incredulous look on his face and said, “You tell me!” We both laughed because we knew if we had told our parents, we would have gotten a more severe whipping at home.

Teachers were revered in those days. They were ranked right under doctors in terms of respectability and awe in my child’s mind.

One weekend, on my way walking to the school playground, I saw a teacher walking in the neighborhood and SHE HAD ON PANTS!! I was bewildered! I didn’t know that a teacher lived in my neighborhood and why in the world would she be in public in pants!! My myth was busted! Teachers were regular people like the rest of us.

Arthur wants each of us to understand that “the people of the Book are no different than you and I.” Only when we realize this, can we begin to truly understand and carry out Yeshua’s plan for us.

John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Summary of the Teaching

This is the Introduction to the Epistles of Peter. Over the course of this series on 1st Peter, Arthur will cover:

  • The biographical background of Peter and the historical context of his times.
  • Peter’s audience (the “strangers” in modern day Turkey).
  • Peter’s description of who believers should be.
  • What Peter says that Yeshua did for us.

Peter’s answer to “How do we live for Yeshua in our daily lives?”

Arthur seemed particularly eager to do this series because, “Peter keeps us focused on the now, not the sweet bye-and-bye!”

This Introduction teaching covered the “6” names used in scripture to refer to Peter; his biological family and place of birth; his occupation and town of residence; Peter’s married life; and Peter’s denial of Yeshua and Peter’s restoration.

Not to be missed is Arthur explanation of the elect and Yehovah’s foreknowledge of them.

1 Peter 1:1-2 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Buzz on the Teaching

Periodically, Arthur will circle back on some basic scriptural concepts for daily living and interjects them into his teachings. Some of the ones that immediately come to mind are: our words have power; judge the fruit; don’t come under someone else’s spirit; and continually do self-assessments.

Another basic is that the tares are allowed to grow up with the wheat. As believers, we have to be discerning to know who labors amongst us. There are some people in our midst whose sole purpose is to wear us out and distract us from the work we need to do. I can recall when I became upset over a situation that I blamed on someone else. Arthur’s words to me were something like, “You know who they are. Why did you let yourself get caught up in that?” That was an eye-opener for me!

Listen as Arthur puts scriptural meat, so to speak, on Kenny Rogers’ song lyrics, “Know when to hold em, Know when to fold em, ….”

Until next time… Blessings to You and Yours,

Sharon

Public whippings by teachers were common when I was in Elementary School. One time, I was summoned to the front of the classroom by the teacher. With a very stern look, he ordered me to “put forth your hand!” I was then hit several times with a long, thick, wooden paddle for talking and disrupting class. Even Floyd remembers having to lean over the teacher’s desk and being paddled on the backside for passing notes!

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