- 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.