Silvanus, Paul's companion, became subsequently Peter's, and was the carrier of this Epistle. 26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:26). We must persist in prayer, but our prayers can be easily perverted. We do not risk our property or possessions; we do not put our lives at risk as some do even today because they identify themselves with those who faithfully practice and proclaim the gospel. The word “gift” is derived from the root word for grace (charis). 28 It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. So Peter is saying, ‘If a man has the duty of preaching, let him preach not as one offering his own opinions or propagating his own prejudices, but as one with a message from God.’” Barclay, p. 256. Grace is unmerited, and so we cannot boast in the gifts we have been given (1 Corinthians 4:7). One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; 33 but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, 34 and [his interests] are divided. The Daily Study Bible Series, p. 251. (5) Spiritual gifts are not given to us primarily for our own benefit and edification but as the means of edifying and blessing others. That this Epistle was written after Paul's Epistles, even those written during his imprisonment at Rome, ending in A.D. 63, appears from the acquaintance which Peter in this Epistle shows he has with them. I took a seminary student along with me, and because we were both wearing suits, the family greeted us eagerly. The one who “covers a transgression” is contrasted with one who “repeats a matter,” thus separating close friends. No believer is excluded. (III). on StudyLight.org Proconsular "Asia" included Mysia, Lydia, Caria, Phrygia, Pisidia, and Lyaconia. Excepting this, and the Paulician heretics, who rejected it, all ancient testimony is on its side. Therefore [it] says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE” 7 Submit therefore to God. We should suffer patiently, after the example of Christ, 1 Peter 4:1.And no longer live according to our former custom, but disregard the scoffs of those who are incensed against us because we have forsaken their evil ways, who are shortly to give account to God for their conduct, 1 Peter 4:2-5.How the Gospel was preached to Jews and Gentiles, 1 Peter 4:6. Indeed, it is serving the other as though they were Christ (see Matthew 25:31-40). 37 FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY. This explains in what sense Christ used as to him the words, "Upon this rock I will build my Church" ( Matthew 16:18 connection with whom only he was given the designation: a title shared in common on the same grounds by the rest of the apostles, as the first founders of the Church on Christ, "the chief corner-stone" ( Ephesians 2:20 A name is often given in Hebrew, not that the person is actually the thing itself, but has some special relation to it; as Elijah means Mighty Jehovah, so Simon is called Peter "the rock," not that he is so, save by connection with Jesus, the only true Rock ( Isaiah 28:16 1 Corinthians 3:11 therefore called so ( Matthew 16:23 confession of Christ, the Rock, he became identified with Him, and is accordingly so called ( Matthew 16:18 instance on record of Peter's having ever claimed or exercised supremacy; on the contrary, he is represented as sent by the apostles at Jerusalem to confirm the Samaritans baptized by Philip the deacon; again at the council of Jerusalem, not he, but James the president, or leading bishop in the Church of that city, pronounced the authoritative decision: Acts 15:19 doubtless (though certainly not supremacy), was given him on the ground of his age, and prominent earnestness, and boldness in taking the lead on many important occasions. It is only when we see the affairs of earth in the light of eternity that we see them in their proper proportions; it is when God is given his proper place that everything takes its proper place.” William Barclay, The Letters of James and Peter (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, [rev. 1 Peter 4:8-9. Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation. In the Old Testament, the prophets spoke of future events pertaining to the first and second coming of our Lord as though they were one event. We must not be oblivious to the times in which we live; neither should we be frightened and act in panic. Peter sums up all prophecy with these few words: The end of all things is at hand (1 Peter 4:7a). 47 Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all his possessions” (Matthew 24:43-47, emphasis mine). 1 Peter 1:13 - Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Peter contrasts the fate of the believer with that of the unbeliever. . Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! While the kingdom of God may yet be distant in the time of its establishment, it is very near in terms of the gospel we preach. 2. 144 “The word he uses for sayings is logia. Peter uses it for the outcome of our faith (1 Peter 1:9) and also for the outcome of unbelief (1 Peter 4:17). In such times of danger, love will wane and people will forsake the self-sacrifice of love for the sake of self-preservation. 1 Peter 1:14 ; 1 Peter 2:9 1 Peter 2:10 ; 3:6 ; 4:3 this. on StudyLight.org Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Peter writes that spiritual gifts are to be employed in serving one another (verse 10). Any apparent delays in prophetic events must be viewed from an eternal time frame rather than a merely temporal one (2 Peter 3:8). We find it used elsewhere in both the Old Testament and the New: 12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions (Proverbs 10:12). . It demands everything a man has of mental and spiritual energy . I prefer the view previously stated. In the days of the early church, hospitality was vitally important. There are the “judgments” of Romans 1, for example, as well as those special judgments like the flood (Genesis 6-9), Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18 and 19), and the judgments on Egypt (Exodus 1-15) which serve as types of the great judgment yet to come. 29 But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; 30 and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; 31 and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away. While suffering may not be a pleasant companion, it is one of God’s effective ways of keeping us from becoming too attached to this life and giving us a yearning for heaven. Passage Display : 1 Peter 4:8: StudyLight Bible Dictionaries; StudyLight Greek Lexicon; StudyLight Hebrew Lexicon; ... 1 Peter 1 1:1-2 Strangers in the World 1:3-6 Reasons to ... 1:18-20 Mary Had a Little Lamb 1:21-25 The Worldâs Greatest Gospel Quartet. The woman was a relative of people who attended their church, and they were not sure of her spiritual condition. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. ed], 1976. For example, Joel’s quote in Acts 2. 17 And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer. Lest we think that our Lord’s words speak only of the future, let me remind you that some of the suffering our Lord spoke of was experienced by the apostles and the early church. 9 And when you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end [does] not [follow] immediately … 34 Be on guard, that your hearts may not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. Jesus refused to focus on the date His kingdom would be established and was unwilling to reveal the specific events immediately preceding the inauguration of His kingdom. I simply could not do that. Peter’s words in his first epistle seem to indicate that God has already begun to bring the ages to their divinely appointed end. Find a Bible. Also included links to commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, encyclopedia and lexicons. Compare 1 Peter 2:13 1 Peter 1:2 elcom.net/bible?passage=Eph+1:3">Eph 1:3; 1 Peter 1:14 1 Peter 2:13 1 Peter 2:18 com.net/bible?passage=Eph+5:22">Eph 5:22; 1 Peter 3:9 com.net/bible?passage=Php+2:14,Ro+12:13">Php 2:14 Ro 12:13 Hebrews 13:2 elcom.net/bible?passage=1Pe+5:1">1Pe 5:1 with Romans 8:18 with 1 Thessalonians 5:6 1 Peter 5:13 have been after Colossians 4:10 (A.D. 61-63), when Mark was with Paul at Rome, but intending to go to Asia Minor. Our high fences isolate and protect us from our neighbors. Spiritual gifts can be neglected (1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6), and they can also be prostituted (2 Peter 2:15-16). The kingdom of heaven is at hand in a number of ways, but especially is it at hand at the time the gospel is proclaimed. . The bad news is we may be arrested and even put to death for “harboring a criminal.”. Also Caius, the presbyter of Rome, in EUSEBIUS [Ecclesiastical History, 2.25] asserts that some memorials of their martyrdom were to be seen at Rome on the road to Ostia. Holiness requires that we stand apart from sin and pursue righteousness. His zeal and ardor became sanctified, being chastened by a spirit of unaffected humility. How easy we have it here compared to saints elsewhere. Perseverance in our love for fellow believers should be a matter of the highest priority for us. Individual saints, as well as the church as a whole, are called to holiness (1 Peter 1:14-16; 2:5, 9). Choose a chapter and verse from '1 Peter' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org StudyLÄ±ght .org . 37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself [to serve,] and have them recline [at the table,] and will come up and wait on them. They were exposed to persecutions, though apparently not systematic, but rather annoyances and reproach arising from their not joining their heathen neighbors in riotous living, into which, however, some of them were in danger of falling. How can Peter say the end of all things is at hand, and yet 2,000 years later the kingdom of God still has not come to the earth? The conclusion. In Caria was Miletus, containing doubtless a Christian Church. We have burglar bars, security systems, and big ugly dogs, all sending the same clear signal—stay away! 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. A sense of the nearness of the end is not natural nor is it based primarily on what we see. On this he returned and joyfully went to martyrdom. They reminisced about the last time they had attended church together in Romania. Jesus told His disciples things would go from bad to worse as the end of all things approaches. His faithfulness led to his apprehension by Herod Agrippa, with a view to his execution, from which, however, he was delivered by the angel of the Lord. INTRODUCTION. TO WHOM HE ADDRESSES THIS EPISTLE.--The heading, 1 Peter 1:1 elect strangers (spiritually pilgrims) of the dispersion" (Greek), clearly marks the Christians of the Jewish dispersion as prominently addressed, but still including also Gentile Christians as grafted into the Christian Jewish stock by adoption and faith, and so being part of the true Israel. (NIV), If any of you is a preacher then he should preach his message as from God. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come (1 Corinthians 10:11). 17 For [it is] time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if [it begins] with us first, what [will be] the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? In our text, Peter has spoken of love first in verse 8, and now he writes about the ministry of the saints one to another through the exercise of spiritual gifts. Hospitality does not come naturally these days; it comes supernaturally. 136 The Bible does speak of judgment which comes on unbelievers in time as well as in eternity. This sets aside the tradition that Paul and Peter suffered martyrdom together at Rome. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). . 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. Indeed, COSMAS INDICOPLEUSTES, in the sixth century, understood the Babylon meant to be outside the Roman empire. We must do everything in the strength God Himself supplies. A Christian might not be welcome except in the home of another saint. 16 The face of the LORD is against evildoers, To cut off the memory of them from the earth. Search using our Online Bible by Topic, Verse Reference or Phrase. If our gift is in serving, we must serve those whom God has set before us (it may be “the least of these, my brethren”—Matthew 25:40), and we must serve in the strength which produces both spiritual and eternal fruit. “FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE UPON THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL” (1 Peter 3:12). 142 This term is found only here in 1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:8. 21 And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. 6 And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, [let each exercise them accordingly]: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness (Romans 12:6-8). The diction of this Epistle and of his speeches in Acts is very similar: an undesigned coincidence, and so a mark of genuineness (compare 1 Peter 2:7 1 Peter 2:24 1 Peter 1:10 Acts 3:15 ; 10:40 Acts 3:19 Acts 3:26, There is, too, a recurrence to the language of the Lord at the last interview after His resurrection, recorded in John 21:15-23 "the Shepherd . The second danger is unrestrained excitement of mind which leads one to faulty thinking and actions in light of the nearness of the “end of all things.” For example, some, in the excitement of the last days, will be too quick to believe the claims of false “messiah’s.”. (1) Peter’s words must be interpreted in light of the teaching of the Lord and His apostles in the rest of the New Testament. (1 Peter 4:17). "Strong susceptibility to outward impressions, liveliness of feeling, dexterity in handling subjects, dispose natures like that of Peter to repeat afresh the thoughts of others" [STEIGER]. When Paul speaks of his impending death, he speaks of eternal bliss accompanying it: 6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6). Even the Gentile Christians would naturally look to the spiritual fathers of the Church at Jerusalem, the center whence the Gospel had emanated to them, for counsel wherewith to meet the pretensions of Judaizing Christians and heretics; and Peter, always prominent among the apostles in Jerusalem, would even when elsewhere feel a deep interest in them, especially when they were by death bereft of Paul's guidance. How near Peter does not say, but he urges readiness (1:5f. In chapter 1, Peter can call for a persevering love because we are born of an eternal seed, and thus our love should likewise be long-lived and not just fair-weather sentimentality. 4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? 44 For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think [He will.] In our text, Peter first reminds us that we are living on the edge of eternity. . Many of the details are palpably false; whether the whole be so or not is dubious, considering the tendency to concentrate at Rome events of interest [ALFORD]. And then, having done this, he outlines the way this truth should manifest itself in our day to day living. Paul urged Timothy to do this: “Preach the Word … ” (2 Timothy 4:2). We are, Peter tells us, “stewards of the manifold grace of God” (verse 10). 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily. 19 Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. ITS GENUINENESS is attested by 2 Peter 3:1 Also by POLYCARP (in EUSEBIUS [Ecclesiastical History, 4.14]), who, in writing to the Philippians, quotes many passages: in the second chapter he quotes 1 Peter 1:13 1 Peter 1:21 ; 3:9 EUSEBIUS says of PAPIAS [Ecclesiastical History, 3.39] that he, too, quotes Peter's First Epistle. The Bible should not be on a bar stool. The wicked may prosper and live a life of fleshly indulgence now, but they will give account for their sins and suffer eternally for them. A few years ago, our friends from the Northwest called to ask that I visit a woman in a Dallas hospital who was dying of cancer. When Jesus sent out the disciples to preach, this is what He told them to proclaim: 7 “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Matthew 10:7). He is well called "the mouth of the apostles." 1 Peter 2 2:1-3 Will You Grow Up?!! 13 But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved. So Paul was to be a martu ( Acts 22:15). BIRKS [Horæ Evangelicæ] suggests that false teachers may have appealed from Paul's doctrine to that of James and Peter. Over the years our family has been privileged to open our home to a number of Christians. Jump to: Bible Study Tools â¢ Parallel Bible Verse â¢ Bible Contextual Overview â¢ Bible Verse Review â¢ Bible Cross-References â¢ Gill's Bible Notes â¢ Clarke's Bible Notes â¢ Barnes' Bible Notes The Peter writing these epistles is not the same Peter we know from the Gospels. The delay is gracious (2 Peter 3:9). We may divide the Epistle into: (I) The inscription ( 1 Peter 1:1 1 Peter 1:2 believers as born again of God. of . . It may not be as important for us to have the right label for our gift as to have a sense of what God has gifted us to do. Peter is a man whom we would have expected to write a book on prophecy. We may even learn one of those we have entertained was an angel! Above all things â See that you remember the distinguishing badge of your religion and have, maintain, fervent charity, love, among yourselves â One toward another: for love shall cover a multitude of sins â It will cause us to excuse them in others, and will entitle us, through divine mercy to the expectation of forgiveness for our own numberless failings. Now, Peter seeks only to remind us that the “end of all things is at hand” and that we should live accordingly. Often, this is because we have ceased to be sober and sane, especially in relationship to the end of all things: 1 What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Q. Here is a fundamental Christian truth. 34 For you showed sympathy to the prisoners, and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one. He was a realist. 3 For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). The apostles were accredited as such by signs and wonders, which proved them to be true apostles of our Lord (2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4). How easy for a woman to help a young mother care for her newborn baby. Noah’s other sons did the opposite. souls," 1 Peter 2:25 God," "the chief Shepherd," 1 Peter 5:2 1 Peter 5:4 "Feed My lambs . The “one another” characteristic of this passage makes it apparent Peter is speaking to Christians about their love for fellow-believers. 8 But since we are of [the] day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. Finally, we must in these final days make the most of the gifts of which God has made us stewards. I set the bar stool aside and stood, proclaiming God’s Word. How easy to serve another in the flesh. (3) Being hospitable to one another, without complaint (verse 9). 35 “Be dressed in readiness, and [keep] your lamps alight. His fervor shows itself in often repeating the same thought in similar words. (2) Keeping fervent in our love for one another (verse 8). His wife's mother was restored from a fever by Christ. 9 Be hospitable142 to one another without complaint. He knew from experience the truth of this old proverb: “A guest is like a fish; after three days he stinks!”. And you are envious and cannot obtain; [so] you fight and quarrel. 38 Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds [them] so, blessed are those [slaves]. It is not the messenger who is authoritative; it is the message. Peter then would naturally write to confirm the doctrines of grace and tacitly show there was no difference between his teaching and Paul's. He further told them that after He was gone, the Holy Spirit would enable them to remember the things He had said to them (John 14:26). Peter does not mention the repercussions of hospitality here nor does he call attention to the blessings we will experience from showing hospitality toward the saints. The pulpit, though merely a piece of furniture, is a symbol of the authority of God’s Word. A wonderful change was wrought in him by his restoration after his fall, through the grace of his risen Lord. (6) The “final judgment” has begun with the judgment of the saints (1 Peter 4:6, 17). Love “covers” the sins of saints. 13 Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober [in spirit,] fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13). Men of Cappadocia, as well as of "Pontus" and "Asia," were among the hearers of Peter's effective sermon on the Pentecost whereon the Spirit decended on the Church; these probably brought home to their native land the first tidings of the Gospel. Others believe our love covers the sins of others. Peter, knowing how life is (even among the saints), gently admonishes us to be hospitable but to leave grumbling at the front door. The PLACE OF WRITING was doubtless Babylon on the Euphrates ( 1 Peter 5:13 matter-of-fact communications and salutations in a remarkably plain Epistle, the symbolical language of prophecy (namely, "Babylon" for Rome) should be used. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 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