the wolves will not be sheep. They will only seem to be sheep, that is the fundamental underlying truth of what Jesus was saying. They will be wolves -appearing as- sheep.
What is fascinating about this particular code word is that it originally queued Satan, as depicted by the prophet Isaiah.
Prophets—and notably Peter—did not write their private opinions, they wrote what they were given by the Spirit of God.
Jesus delivered what was very likely his most offensive sermon every preached. It would cost him the majority of his disciples, and act as a turning point in his public ministry.
Though this is the shortest of Haggai’s oracles, it is surprisingly dense! In it God redeems Zerubbabel's family baggage.
As the apostles described it, Jesus is the image of the invisible God. The Lord is pleased to have all God’s fullness dwell in Jesus. Jesus is the radiance of God's glory, the exact representation of God’s being.
Jesus’ glory was not reflected light, he was radiating light from within himself. He was a man, yet from his inner being flowed the shekinah glory of Jehovah God.
Peter wrote--in a manner of speaking--that the only way to have your cake is first to eat it.
Peter teaches us to hold two truth loosely together--we have everything we need from God, it is now our responsibility to use it well.
Originally delivered on a Sunday at New Hope Chapel, Arnold MD, this talk was a team-teaching project with another of the teachers at New Hope Chapel, in a series on loneliness