THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PETER, CALLED
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First Peter is a wilderness epistle, the saints are on earth, travelling to heaven, and salvation is seen at the end of the pathway (I Pet. 1:5, 2:2).
Matthew 16 and 17 form the basis for Peter’s first and second epistles, respectively. In his first epistle, Peter brings out that we are living stones built upon Christ the cornerstone into a spiritual house, as we have been “begotten again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Pet. 1:3). This directly correlates to the Lord’s words in response to Peter’s confession in Matt. 16. In his second epistle, Peter recounts the kingdom glory of Christ on the mount of transfiguration (Matt. 17) as a proof that the outcome of prophecy is sure. Peter was given the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and so he is occupied in both epistles with government. In his fist epistle he presents the government of God in the lives of believers, in his second epistle God’s government in the world.