Heidelcast 173: As It Was In The Days Of Noah (17): Defending And Giving Witness To The Faith

According to Peter, we are living in days like Noah, as our Lord said. People are marrying and giving in marriage, Noah was announcing the gospel of free salvation and the coming judgment, and then the flood came. So it is for us. We are waiting for a flood and the Savior and we’re announcing his death, resurrection, ascension, and return. Just as in Noah’s day, many mock saying, “Where is the promise of his coming?” (2 Pet 3:4) but the Lord uses the announcing of the gospel to bring his elect to new life and to true faith. In this episode we are considering 1 Peter 3:14–17. These verses, and particularly v. 15, are frequently invoked in discussions of apologetics or the defense of the Christian faith. In our late-modern context and perhaps especially in Reformed circles, where apologetics are highly valued, to speak of apologetics is to think first of a reasoned defense of the Christian faith. As sometimes happens, however, these verses are not always read in their original context. Peter thinks differently about defending the faith than we sometimes do. He is certainly concerned to give a reasoned account of the Christian faith but he is just as concerned about how we conduct ourselves before the watching pagan world.



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