Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 20 – Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude


None of the eight Hebrew Christian Epistles was addressed to a church.  Hebrews addresses the Priesthood of Christ, the New Covenant and the challenge to move forward responsibly.  The Hall of Faith, Hebrews 11, gives me something new to think about every time I read it.

James’ epistle to the 12 Tribes teaches that faith without works is dead.  Considering the author was one of Jesus’ half-brothers, I think that studying this epistle gives additional insight into the Lord.  I studied the book of James last year, and this was a nice refresher.

Peter’s epistles are loaded with life lessons.  From obedience to vigilance in trial to growth to heresy, Peter covers a lot of ground in these two small letters.  A study of these epistles would definitely be life-changing.  I did study first Peter a while ago.  You can find my notes on this blog.

The apostle John’s epistles are replete with symbolism and mystery.  I really enjoyed – and completely agree with – Chuck Missler’s interpretation of who “the Elect Lady” of John’s second epistle is.  This was a favorite moment from the video teaching.

The final epistle of study is a super-short letter written by another of Jesus’ half-brothers:  Jude.  There are 13 predictions from second Peter that Jude’s letter mentions as fulfilled.  Another favorite moment from the video teaching is a prophecy about the Second Coming of Christ that was uttered by Enoch before the flood of Noah!  If you remember back to the early hours of this study, it’s ironic that the man who was thought to be born on Pentecost and traditionally taken by God on his birthday should prophesy about the Messiah returning to earth with ten thousands of His saints who will be raptured, some scholars believe, on Pentecost.

I cannot wait for the lesson on eschatology next week!

Homework for next time:  1&2 Thessalonians

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