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G. iQS viii. 6; xi. 16; iQpHab. x. 13). Actually, however, we have good reasons for believing (see Introduction, pp. ) that the addressees, or the majority of them, are Gentile Christians. Thus in transferring to them the hallowed language appropriate to God's own people the writer is tacitly implying that the Christian Church has succeeded to that privileged role. g. Gal. vi. 16; Phil. iii. 3; Jas. i. i) which goes back to our Lord's interpretation of His person and mission in the light of key-ideas of the OT.
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The same threatening talk about those 'who disobey the gospel'. Whatever material the writer may have taken over, he has evidently moulded it so as to conform to his overriding purpose of comforting and encouraging his correspondents in their painful testing. 6. STRUCTURE AND AIMS If we are persuaded of the inadequacy of any theory that i Peter is simply a sermon or liturgy dressed up as a letter, we may now make a fresh attempt to sort out its component ele20 INTRODUCTION TO 1 PETER ments and expose to view the plan which seems to underlie them.