This week we took a few minutes to finish up our rabbit trail from last week. We looked at five ways to understand Jesus’ descent into hades. After that, we continued our verse-by-verse study of Peter’s first sermon in Acts 2. We looked at how he built his argument from beginning to end PROVING through the Pesher method (a.k.a. “this is that”) that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, and that He was/is Lord. We also looked at a few “geeky” insights including the different ways in which Peter and Paul referred to Jesus, and the difference between “the gift of the Spirit” and “spiritual gifts.”
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Peter’s Conclusion, Part One ~ Acts 2:29-40
Peter concludes his sermon proving by Scripture that Jesus was the Messiah for whom they had been waiting. Bonus: 5 ways to understand Jesus’ descent into hades.
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This is one of the more thorough resources I used for the “bonus” section of this lesson where we surveyed five ways to view Jesus’ descent into hades. It is a systematic “Christology” (theology of Jesus Christ). 608 pages.
About the Author: Thomas C. Oden (Ph.D., Yale University) recently retired as Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is general editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and author of numerous theological works, including a three-volume systematic theology.