Overview of 1&2 Peter
Written by: Unknown Posted on: 05/06/2003
Category: Bible Studies
Since Peter is proclaimed as the first Pope of the Roman
Catholic Church, I thought that it would be advantageous to go
through the epistles of I and II Peter and glean out anything that
would be useful in witnessing to a Roman Catholic. I used The New
American Bible which is an easy-to-read Catholic version that is put
out by the Catholic Biblical Association of America. It is a study
Bible and has the approval of the Vatican.
The following are passages and explanations of how I see their
usefulness in witnessing to Catholics. I did not pick passages that
need a lot of explanation or need explanation from outside of I and II
PASSAGE PURPOSE OF THIS PASSAGE
1:2 I will stress "... consecrated by the Spirit
to a life of obedience to Jesus Christ and
purification with His blood." Discussing
what is meant by the purification of Christ's
blood is an important place to start.
2:4-7 This passage can be compared to Matthew 16:18
to show that Christ is the cornerstone.
2:9 This passage can used to show the priesthood
of the believer over a chosen few who are
called priests by the Catholic Church.
3:18 This passage talks about "The reason why
Christ died for sins once for all ... might
lead you to God." This passage shows why
Christ died and His victory over death.
5:1 "To the elders among you I, a fellow elder
..." shows that Peter did not see himself
above the other elders of the church, but as
PASSAGE PURPOSE OF THIS PASSAGE
1:1 "Simon Peter, servant and apostle of Jesus
Christ ..." shows that Peter is the servant
of Jesus and not of Mary.
1:17-18 This passage tells of the time that Peter and
the apostles heard God talk from heaven
saying that He was well pleased with Jesus
His Son. I have had Catholics say to me,
"How can we really be sure that there is a
God?" This would be a scriptural passage
from that of an eyewitness, Peter himself.
1:20-21 This passage can of course be used to show
Peter's claim to the inspiration of the
2:4-15 This passage shows that God did not spare the
angels that sinned, the people from Noah's
time, and the people of Sodom and Gomorrah,
but that He did spare Lot, a righteous man.
It then goes on to show that God does judge
the wicked. Purgatory, salvation through
Mary, Joseph or the saints is not mentioned
here even though a wicked life has been
3:6-13 This passage shows that Christ will come
again and that He will be as a thief in the
night. He will come for the purpose of
judgment. To sincere Roman Catholics, this
passage will make them think about their
system of salvation by works and if they are
really going to heaven. This would be a good
passage for creating doubt in their minds.
3:15-16 This is a great passage showing the fact that
Paul's writings are scripture. Tying this
back into II Peter 1:20-21, I can then take
them (with Peter's consent) into any other
part of scripture, but especially Paul's
writings to give them a clearer salvation
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