1 Peter 5:11-14

 

1 Pet 5:11 (KJB)
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
 
Peterís salutation commends all glory and dominion to God for giving the believer a wonderful inheritance and to continually watch over them in all adversity. Peter also wants these believers to know that God has dominion forever. The word dominion carries with it the meaning of power. God has all power over Satan and nothing can happen to the believer unless God okays it and that means nothing touches us unless it touches the Father first.
 
1 Pet 5:12 (KJB)
By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
 
Ye stand - Established or stand firm
 
Silvanus was a faithful brother and since he was the only Silvanus mentioned in Scripture, we believe that he is the same one who suffered with Paul in the jail at Philippi. He is also known in Scripture as Silas. Here Silvanus was delivering this letter from Peter. Peter is stating that His letter is quite brief, I guess in comparison to some of the other books of the New Testament except the shorter epistles but Peter wanted them to know that what was contained within the letter was the true gospel which testified about the grace of God. It was the grace of God which under girded them during the time they would face persecution. We are established in the grace of God and not in commentaries or manís words. This is why Peter exhorted that if anyone speak, let him speak the words of God, for it is only them which can strengthen the Christian.
 
1 Pet 5:13 (KJB)
The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
 
Elected together - Chosen together with
Saluteth - Greets
 
It is not known whether Peter was sending this letter from Babylon, the city on the Euphrates, since there still would have been a group of Jewish converts to Christianity left over from the Babylonian Captivity 6 centuries earlier. He wanted them to know that the church at Babylon was elected together with his readership and knowing that persecution was imminent, he wanted to assure them that they too were facing persecution. Some believe that Peter was writing from Rome and used Babylon as a euphemism. However, there is no biblical evidence that Peter was in Rome because he was one of the original twelve Apostles and no doubt there would have been a major price on his head. It seems John Mark had become a helper to Peter during this time. Remember when Paul and John Mark had a great falling out? Well never give up on any Christian because God can bring any Christian around to faithful service. Sometimes we have temporary lapses in service but eventually a true Christian will revive and get on with the work.
 
1 Pet 5:14 (KJB)
Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
 
Greet - Welcome or embrace
Charity - Love
 
Peter encourages the brethren to greet each other with a kiss of love. This is done in many countries around the world even today. That kiss of love was to identify each other as true believers. Let them all who are in Christ Jesus experience the peace that passes all understanding which is the inheritance of all true believers. Amen - So let it be.
 
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