Presenting some of the most unique problems in the New Testament, 1 Peter requires a vast knowledge of the classical world and the New Testament documents. J. Ramsey Michaels’ work on 1 Peter provides a tour through all of the relevant historical data, examining the circumstance which gave rise to Peter’s exhortations. He provides analysis of textual problems, and draws out the epistle’s implications of the epistle for contemporary life.
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“Baptism is not asking God for ‘a good conscience’; it is rather ‘out of a good conscience,’ or a pure heart, that a person submits to baptism.” (Page 216)
“The resurrection of Jesus Christ is what makes an appeal or pledge to God ‘out of a good conscience’ efficacious, and guarantees eternal life to the one baptized.” (Page 218)
“The point is simply that Christ went and announced his sovereignty to these spirits wherever they might be, in every place where they thought they were secure against their ancient divine Enemy. The location of their strongholds, and hence the geography of Christ’s mission to them, is not Peter’s main concern.” (Page 210)
“The addressees are ‘strangers’ not by race, birth, or circumstances but because divine election has ‘estranged’ them.” (Page 7)
“The theme of the first part is the identity of the people of God established on the basis of the great salvation Christ has accomplished (and is accomplishing) on their behalf.” (Page xxxiv)