Peter: Disciple, Confidant, and Leader
It’s interesting that we tend to equate writing prolificacy with profundity.
- As such, the numerous writings of Paul, which account for about one third of the New Testament, are highly esteemed.
- The two books of Dr. Luke (Luke and Acts) account for about 25% and are also highly valued.
- Then there is John, whose five contributions make up another 20%. His gospel is frequently praised, while his “revelation” sends our imaginations soaring.
After these three, the reminding New Testament authors, especially those of shorter letters, fade into obscurity and are barely noticed by most readers of the Bible. Such is the case of Peter, whose two short letters comprise but 2.5 percent of New Testament content.
However, consider Peter’s stellar credentials:
- One of only 12 disciples of Jesus, having spent three years with him and an eyewitness of his ministry.
- Part of Jesus’ inner circle of three (comprised of Peter, James, and John).
- The first leader of the movement after Jesus died.
As such, Peter has a special vantage from which to write.
This is not to diminish the other writers of Biblical text, but rather to elevate Peter’s writings to the place they deserve.
If you’ve never read First and Second Peter—or if it has been awhile—check them out; he has much to say that is worthy of careful consideration.
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