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Words Of Truth

Words Of Truth

"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).

First Peter 5:12-14
Written Exhortation And Salutations

I. Introduction:

A. This letter to the saints, strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, etc. (I Peter 1:1-2) is wrapping up.

  1. We have seen that they were suffering in the flesh and that they had more of such to come (I Peter 1:6-7, I Peter 1:20, I Peter 3:14-17, I Peter 4:1-5, I Peter 4:12-19, and I Peter 5:8-10).
  2. Through this letter, we have learned many things. Such as, when life in the flesh is miserable our true hope is very much alive (I Peter 1:3, I Peter 1:13, I Peter 1:21, and I Peter 3:15).
B. Through the lessons in this epistle we are reminded that even when suffering, God expects us to remain faithful as did our Savior (I Peter 2:21-23).

  1. We saw that to be faithful and receive the end reward (I Peter 1:9), we must abstain from fleshly lusts (I Peter 2:11).
  2. Even at the height of persecution, wherein saints must live under harsh conditions with proper submission (I Peter 2:13-19; 3:1-6) - be holy as God is holy (I Peter 1:13-19).

II. Body: I Peter 5:12-14

A. Whether in writing, delivery, or both; Silvanus is involved in this letter as he was even in letters from Paul (I Thessalonians 1:1 and II Thessalonians 1:1).

  1. We know Silvanus preached the Gospel (II Corinthians 1:19).
  2. He was a faithful brother which is language we see used for others too (Ephesians 6:21 and Colossians 4:7-9).
  3. Such was seen in his work towards those to whom this letter was written (Colossians 1:7; cf. I Timothy 4:12-16, Titus 2:7-8, and III John 1:5).
B. This was a letter of exhortation as such is a work of evangelists (Acts 2:40, Acts 11:23, Acts 14:22, and II Timothy 4:2) and and all saints (I Thessalonians 5:14).

  1. The word translated “exhorting” here [παρακαλέω] is also translated as “comforted” or “comfort” as well as other terms (Acts 16:40, II Corinthians 1:4, II Corinthians 7:6-7, I Thessalonians 5:11, etc.).
  2. The word translated “exhorting” here [παρακαλέω] is also translated as “beseech” as well as other terms (Romans 12:1, Romans 16:17, I Corinthians 1:10, I Corinthians 4:16, etc.).
C. This letter was a testimony of the true grace (Acts 14:1-3 and Acts 20:20-24).
  1. The grace wherein they [we] stand (Romans 5:1-2).
  2. Standing (I Corinthians 10:12, Galatians 5:1, Ephesians 6:10-13, Philippians 1:27, and Philippians 4:1, and II Thessalonians 2:15).
D. Greetings given from Babylon by those elect with these saints (Philippians 4:21).

  1. Elected [chosen; I Peter 2:9] together which is about the present and future (Ephesians 3:15, Hebrews 12:22-23, and II Thessalonians 2:1).
  2. As Gentiles (I Peter 2:10) who were once outsiders (Ephesians 2:11-17), it was important for them to realize they were not alone in their being elect through the Gospel (I Thessalonians 1:1-6 and II Thessalonians 2:13-15) or in what they were suffering as saints (I Peter 5:9).
  3. Marcus [aka Mark; John] (Acts 12:12, Acts 12:25, Acts 15:37-39 [cf. Acts 13:13], Colossians 4:10, II Timothy 4:11, and Philemon 1:24).
  4. Peter calling him his son was descriptive of a teacher/student relationship in the Scriptures (I Corinthians 4:14-17, Philippians 2:19-22, I Timothy 1:2, and Titus 1:4).
E. The kiss (Romans 16:16, I Corinthians 16:20, II Corinthians 13:12, and I Thessalonians 5:26).

  1. There were customs that, in regions and areas, saints abode by for the furtherance of the Gospel (I Corinthians 9:16-23).
  2. We know this instruction is not one expected to be carried out in cultures that do not practice it for we have no instructions detailing exactly what this kiss is (I Thessalonians 4:1-2).
  3. When God wants something done, as a command, He gives a pattern to follow (Exodus 25:8-9, I Chronicles 28:9-19, and Hebrews 8:5; cf. II Timothy 1:13).
  1. For example, the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:14-20, Acts 20:7, I Corinthians 10:16, and I Corinthians 11:23-33).
  2. Another example, singing (Mark 14:26, I Corinthians 14:15, Ephesians 5:19, and Colossians 3:16).

III. Conclusion: Peace (Acts 10:36) to all that are in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26-27 and Ephesians 6:23) which is not a carnal peace (John 16:33).