1 and 2 Peter – “Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory”
Peter, the head of the early church, left two treasured epistles. His short letters are packed as he teaches baptism, inheritance, faith, love, and salvation through Christ.
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The message of 1 Peter is to warn and prepare the Saints for difficult times ahead. He reminds the Saints who they are, the value of adversity, and to love one another.
"Reading 2 Peter as a Farewell Text," John W. Welch and Brent J. Schmidt,
Second Peter follows the form of other farewell texts. It includes a summons, an invoking of his life as an example, exhortations, blessings, revelation of future events, covenant renewal, and more. Seeing the epistle as a farewell text adds depth to the message that Peter gave to his beloved flock.
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Peter teaches the Atonement, repentance and baptism, priesthood power, the threatening apostasy, and Christ’s second coming. These doctrines come from no less than the person given the keys to lead Christ’s church anciently.
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Many temple images appear in 1 and 2 Peter, for Peter’s apostolic vocation was thoroughly immersed in the temple ethos.
Charting the New Testament
A brief overview of themes in 2 Peter.
Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1992
Peter's statement "Ye are a chosen generation" (1 Peter 2:9) is applicable today. In this article, Gordon B. Hinckley teaches us what this title implies and invites us to "think for a moment upon why you are here under the divine plan of your Father in Heaven and of your tremendous potential to do good during the life that He has given you."
Sherrie Mills Johnson,
Suffering and Trial are a basic part of mortal experience. Peter pleads with the people not to turn away from the gospel and Jesus Christ as they undergo temptations, trials, and persecution. Peter urges them to pray and be sober and be willing to participate in the sufferings of Christ.
Terry B. Ball,
Peter’s first letter was written to warn, prepare, and bolster Christian converts for difficult times ahead. Peter taught that we must love and strengthen each other, remember that mortal suffering in only temporary, and follow the Savior’s example.
Andrew C. Skinner, Go Ye Into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles
Peter was the head of the church. His letters addressed Christian goals: Christians should remember that mortality is temporary, that they must endure in righteousness, and that God’s promises are real and they can make their calling and election sure through faith and effort.
Frank F. Judd Jr., “in The Ministry of Peter, the Chief Apostle
Did Peter actually write 1 Peter? This article presents the case, looks at arguments to the contrary, and discuss scribal activity.
Eric-Jon K. Marlowe, in The Ministry of Peter, the Chief Apostle
In 1 Peter 2, Peter not only affirms submissiveness to civil authority, but also offers specific rationale for it.
by Andrew C. Skinner, from 2014 Sperry Symposium, BYU, Video
When Peter teaches “exceeding great and precious promises,” he is teaching eternal truths of obedience, salvation, and divine rewards.
by Elder David A. Bednar, October 2017 general conference
Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness includes the doctrine, the ordinances, the covenants, and the exceeding great and precious promises whereby we can become partakers of the divine nature.