In Caria was Miletus, containing doubtless a Christian Church. In our text, Peter first reminds us that we are living on the edge of eternity. They spent the summer in our home with many good times shared together, and the memories we have of this family are warm ones. If we are to be good stewards of these gifts, we must first know what God has endowed us to do—to serve others to His glory. 139 “The great characteristic of sanity is that it sees things in their proper proportions; it sees what things are important and what are not; it is not swept away by sudden and transitory enthusiasms; it is prone neither to unbalanced fanaticism nor to realizing indifference. The first is becoming aloof to the return of our Lord so that we are caught up with the world and with the things of the present and thus fail to make heavenly things our treasure and our priority (see 1 Corinthians 7:29-35 for Paul’s exhortation). Jesus told His disciples things would go from bad to worse as the end of all things approaches. That fadeth not away - This is essentially the same word, though somewhat different in form, which occurs in 1 Peter 1:4. 3 And there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ 4 “And for a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, lest by continually coming she wear me out. The early church kept traveling missionaries and apostles (see Luke 10:1-11; Acts 10:6; 21:16; 3 John 5-8). Peter, knowing how life is (even among the saints), gently admonishes us to be hospitable but to leave grumbling at the front door. 1 Let love of the brethren continue. Find a Bible. 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.] (4) Peter’s words must be understood by giving heed to the term “end” and the expression “all things.” The word “end” refers to the goal or the outcome of a sequence of events or elements. Church leaders and pastors were arrested and sometimes imprisoned. ed], 1976). Peter writes that spiritual gifts are to be employed in serving one another (verse 10). 20 Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins (James 5:20). 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. ed], 1976. 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. 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. 5:6), though it is drawing nearer all the time (Rom. Here is proof of the assertion made in 1:23. 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). IRENÆUS [Against Heresies, 4.9.2] expressly â¦ 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? Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. The meaning of this statement which Peter cites is not necessarily obvious; many even differ on what Peter meant by it. Second, Peter seems to be urging those who speak God’s Word to speak in a way that communicates God’s authority and not the authority of the speaker. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. We have burglar bars, security systems, and big ugly dogs, all sending the same clear signal—stay away! 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 Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. Home > Parallel Bible > Search Results. We also have many these days who have not known the love and devotion of a Christian home. 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. Peter therefore exhorts his readers to persevere in their love one for another: 8 “Above all140 cherish for each other a love that is constant and intense.… ”141. Thus, when imprisoned and tried before the Sanhedrim for preaching Christ, he boldly avowed his determination to continue to do so. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. But how? of . 13 Because of the proof given by this ministry they will glorify God for [your] obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, 14 while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. They refused to look upon him in his condition, even as they were covering him. Peter can instruct us to persevere in love “above all” because love is the foundational motive which underlies all our attitudes and actions as Christians (see also 1 Corinthians 13). In 1 Peter 4:17, Peter indicates 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?” Is Peter not saying our judgment begins (and ends) in time,135 while the unbeliever’s judgment may not begin until the return of our Lord and last for eternity?136 If judgment begins “now” for the believer, then the last phase of God’s program has begun. Peter obviously did not have his head in the clouds. With his father and his brother Andrew he carried on trade as a fisherman at Capernaum, his subsequent place of abode. 10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Once only he again betrayed the same spirit of vacillation through fear of man's reproach which had caused his denial of his Lord. In the days of the early church, hospitality was vitally important. And the beginning of the torments of hell or the bliss of heaven are as close as the day of our death. Indeed, in 2 Peter, he feels the necessity of explaining the apparent “delay” in the fulfillment of prophetic promises. His familiarity with Paul's Epistles shown in the language accords with what we should expect from the fact of Paul's having "communicated the Gospel which he preached among the Gentiles" (as revealed specially to him) to Peter among others "of reputation" ( Galatians 2:2 answer of a good conscience toward God" ( 1 Peter 3:21 of God" (Greek), 1 Peter 2:19 "living hope" ( 1 Peter 1:3 and that fadeth not away" ( 1 Peter 1:4 ( 1 Peter 5:14 than as at present exalted and hereafter to be manifested in all His majesty. Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. The loving church will be characterized by its pursuit of holiness. “ 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:6-8). And as the end draws near, we must be sane and sober, thinking right so that we will pray right.139 We should not be asking for escape from pain or from persecution but rather for faithfulness in trials to the advancement of the gospel and the glory of God. Therefore [it] says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE” 7 Submit therefore to God. This “outcome” is the consummation of “all things.” In other words, Peter is speaking of the consummation of all of God’s plans, purposes, and prophecies. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:7-9, 34-36). But no mention elsewhere in Scripture is made of this Egyptian Babylon, but only of the Chaldean one. (4) Spiritual gifts are given to Christians as a stewardship. And then, having done this, he outlines the way this truth should manifest itself in our day to day living. Let us happily open our homes and our lives to those whom we do not know, especially those who our brothers and sisters in Christ. No new revelation has been given during this past 2,000 years because there is nothing to add to God’s complete revelation through our Lord and His apostles. 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. Prompt in action and ready to avow his convictions boldly, he was hasty in judgment, precipitate, and too self-confident in the assertion of his own steadfastness; the result was that, though he abounded in animal courage, his moral courage was too easily overcome by fear of man's opinion. By the motive of hope to which God has regenerated us ( 1 Peter 1:3-12 faith, considering the costly price paid for our redemption from sin ( 1 Peter 1:14-21 brethren as begotten of God's eternal word, as spiritual priest-kings, to whom alone Christ is precious ( 1 Peter 1:22 ; 2:10 example in suffering, maintaining a good conversation in every relation ( 1 Peter 2:10 ; 3:14 having in view Christ's once-offered sacrifice, and His future coming to judgment ( 1 Peter 3:15 ; 4:11 adversity, as looking for future glorification with Christ, (1) in general as Christians, 1 Peter 4:12-19 1 Peter 5:1-11 second part from the first, 1 Peter 2:11 the second, 1 Peter 4:12 [BENGEL]. The word “gift” is derived from the root word for grace (charis). 141 William Barclay, The Letters of James and Peter (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, [rev. Like our Lord, Peter has much to say about things to come. I took a seminary student along with me, and because we were both wearing suits, the family greeted us eagerly. 11 Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. The author calls himself the apostle Peter, 1 Peter 1:1 and an "elder," 1 Peter 5:1 the warmth of Peter's character; and, as ERASMUS says, this Epistle is full of apostolic dignity and authority and is worthy of the leader among the apostles. The death of the apostle of the uncircumcision, and the consequent need of someone to follow up his teachings, probably gave occasion to the testimony given by Peter to the same churches, collectively addressed, in behalf of the same truth. By following clues provided by the grammar of the original text, we would classify the different gifts named in this way: In both gifts (speaking or serving), Peter’s exhortation is given in a positive way. Over the years our family has been privileged to open our home to a number of Christians. 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. Since the coming of Christ, there has been no new revelation recorded in the Bible as Scripture. But He did emphasize the importance of watchfulness and alertness, a consistent readiness for the kingdom. I set the bar stool aside and stood, proclaiming God’s Word. We now see there was a gap in time, a significant gap. They sought to keep the sin of their father as private as possible. Always there is an urgency to the gospel, for one’s response to the gospel determines one’s eternal destiny. On this he returned and joyfully went to martyrdom. 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. . This means we do not, like the false prophets, speak independently of God and even contrary to His Word (see Jeremiah 23:25-32; Ezekiel 13:1-7; Colossians 2:18). We must do everything in the strength God Himself supplies. The bad news is we may be arrested and even put to death for “harboring a criminal.”. The end is not just one event but the converging of all things to draw to a close the eternal purposes of God. 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. 17 [The righteous] cry and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. received the answer, "I go to be crucified afresh." We are given a clue to the meaning of Peter’s citation in Proverbs 17:9: 9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends (Proverbs 17:9). 10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Eventually we realized they thought we were doctors. All during our Lord’s earthly ministry, he had heard the Savior speak about the events that lay ahead. It is not unlikely that the whole tradition is built on the connection which existed between Paul and Peter. 1 Peter 2 2:1-3 Will You Grow Up?!! 17 Therefore, to one who knows [the] right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:1-17). When they realized we had come to talk about spiritual things, the atmosphere chilled. 1 Peter 1:14 ; 1 Peter 2:9 1 Peter 2:10 ; 3:6 ; 4:3 this. You are[just] a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. They reminisced about the last time they had attended church together in Romania. Our clear-headedness enables us to pray as we ought, seeking divine wisdom, guidance, and power to live faithfully in difficult times. We must be ever mindful of the times, looking, watching, and working so that when He comes He will find us faithfully carrying out our stewardship. When Jesus came to the earth the first time, He was identified more in terms that describe His second coming than those which depict the first (see Matthew 2:1-6; Luke 1:30-33, 46-55, 67-79). Christian love is the love which never fails and into which every atom of man’s strength is directed.” Barclay, p. 252. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8). This is because spiritual gifts have little value apart from love. Introduction. 1 Peter 5:5-8 New International Version (NIV). Paul gives these instructions in his epistle to the Thessalonians: 14 And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14). (6) Spiritual gifts are to be exercised in love. Peter’s words in his first epistle seem to indicate that God has already begun to bring the ages to their divinely appointed end. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. The internal evidence is equally strong. (7) Spiritual gifts should be exercised to the glory of God (verse 11). in 1971. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but [wanting] to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. We need to be careful not to admonish the fainthearted nor to help the unruly (see also 2 Thessalonians 3:10). "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]. Pontus was the country of the Christian Jew Aquila. Soberness is the opposite of drunkenness. 21 And he drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. Holiness requires that we stand apart from sin and pursue righteousness. 142 This term is found only here in 1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:8. 32 But I want you to be free from concern. 13 But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved. 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 1 Peter 4:6, Peter speaks of the saints who are “judged in the flesh as men,” but who “live in the spirit according to the will of God.” Whether this judgment is by unbelieving opponents (as Stephen was condemned to death) or whether it is the “judgment” of physical death all men suffer due to Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12-21), or both, it is judgment believers suffer in time. INTRODUCTION. PETER'S PERSONAL HISTORY.--Simon, Or Simeon, was a native of Bethsaida on the Sea of Galilee, son of Jonas or John. 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