In the video, we delve into 1 Peter 2:4-25 which was the first of three Bible study in a series of studies at the 2015 West Coast Chinese Christian Conference.
A few quick highlights from the video:
- One principle of Bible interpretation is to appreciate the genre (or literary context) of the text one is examining. In this case, the passage is an epistle. These are letters written by an Apostle (in this case Peter) to a church community (in this passage) or to specific individuals (e.g. Timothy, Titus, and Philemon). Thus, in epistles, we should be aware that the writer is addressing a particular concern of the readers and as such the writing will take the form of extended thoughts to form an interconnecting argument. See video at around the 3:10 to 4:05 mark. As a result, one can see how there is this “theological” discussion in 1 Peter 2:4-10 that then connects to “practical” encouragements to life in 1 Peter 2:11-25. Apparently, the readers of 1 Peter needed to have their understanding clarified about their standing before God and how that impacted how they lived.
- Another type of context the Bible student should be aware of in the attempt to interpret any portion that seems unclear is to examine the historical/cultural context. The Bible was written in the context of the ancient world. Thus, discussions about emperors and servants/slaves (as appears in this text) need to take that into account.
- One more type of context to consider is Biblical context. Though the Bible is 66 books written by numerous authors, we believe behind it all is one author, God! And as such, ideas that appear in one part of the Bible may connect to ideas in other parts. In the 1 Peter 2 passage, the concept of Temple may well be on display in which case an awareness of that idea in other parts of Scripture can be helpful.
Check out the video and see what you think.
May you be encouraged in the knowledge that through Christ, we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that we may proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light!
Because of this truth about us as a set-apart holy people, we are to live as sojourners and exiles in this world!