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Christ: a Solution to Suffering in First Peter

P.F. Steenberg
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 22, No 2 | a661 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v22i2.661 | © 2001 P.F. Steenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 August 2001 | Published: 11 August 2001

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Abstract

Christ is presented as a solution to suffering in first Peter. This is achieved by way of three main arguments. Firstly, a new identity is developed of which Christ forms the center. Secondly, the author provides hope, which includes eschatological hope that can be theirs only through Christ. Lastly, Christ is offered as the rational for endurance. His example is presented for the believers to follow. If the readers accepted the new identity in Christ, grasped onto the hope and followed the example of Christ, their suffering would become bearable in the present and be solved in the future.

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