June 22, 2022
Thank you! – 68
In less than a month, I have finished reading and commenting on the Letter of 1 Peter. I have now finished the New Testament four canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, plus the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul’s letters to the Romans, as well 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, and James. I have just finished the Letter of 1 Peter. Every time I finish commenting on a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog. I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books. So far, I have posted over 15,475 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first 21 books of the New Testament. It has taken me nine years to get this done, since I first began in 2013.
260 people follow this blog every day. Many people have visited this site. There have been over 83,000 hits on this blog since its inception. I just want to thank all of you. Word Press sent me a compilation that showed that about 52,200 people from 174 other countries have visited this web site since its inception.
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Peace – love – joy
This author ended his letter by sending greetings to his readers. He mentioned that Silvanus was with him. He had written this short letter to encourage them and to testify about the grace of God. He wanted them to stand firm. Mark, his son, and the other members of the Christian church sent greetings. They were to greet one another with a holy kiss. Thus, the peace of Christ would be with all of them. Is the peace of Christ with you?
This author said that the devil is like a roaring lion that prowls around looking for someone to devour. They were to resist him. Other Christians throughout the world were suffering the same way. After they had suffered a little while, God would restore them. He would support them and strengthen them. They had been called to eternal glory with Jesus Christ who has power forever. Do you resist the devil?
This author asked the younger Christians to accept the authority of the elder presbyters. They should all clothe themselves with humility. God opposed the proud but gave grace to the humble. Therefore, they should humble themselves before God, so that he would exalt them. Cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves! Keep alert! Be steadfast in your faith! Do you cast all your cares to God?
This author said as a presbyter himself, he exhorted the presbyters among them. He was a witness to the sufferings of Jesus Christ and shared in the glory to be revealed. They should tend to the flock of God, exercising oversight without compulsion. They should be eager to help, but not for sordid gain. They were not to lord it over their flock, but be examples of good faith. Thus, they will win the crown of glory that never fades. Are presbyters, priests, elders, or ministers good examples?
This author said that the time had come for the final judgment, beginning with the household of God. Imagine what it will be like for those who disobey the gospel of God, if it is hard for the righteous to be saved. What is going to happen to the sinners? Entrust yourself to the faithful creator, while continuing to do good. Are you ready for the final judgment?
This author said that they should not be surprised that they were being tested since this was not strange for Christians. They should rejoice in their shared sufferings with Jesus Christ. Then they would be glad when the glory of Christ would be revealed. They were blessed for being insulted for the name of Christ, because the spirit of God was with them. However, they should not suffer as a criminal, murderer, thief, or trouble maker. Suffering as a Christian was not a disgrace but a glorification of God. Would you suffer for being a Christian?
This author said that they will have to give an accounting for their life at the judgment day. The gospel was proclaimed even to the dead. They had a chance to live in the spirit. The end is near. Be serious and discipline yourselves. Maintain a constant love for each other. Love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable without complaining. Serve one another with whatever gift you have received. Speak the very words of God. Serve with the strength that God supplies. God will be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belongs all the glory and power forever. How are you preparing for the end times?
This author said that Jesus Christ had suffered in the flesh. You should be ready to suffer also, since suffering gets rid of sin. Do not live by human desires or by the will of God. You have already spent too much time living your life like the pagan gentiles with passionate drinking, revels, carousing, and idolatry. Now those pagans are surprised that you no longer join them in their dissipated lifestyle. What kind of lifestyle do you live?
This author said that the saving waters at the time of Noah prefigured baptism. However, now they had been saved through this baptism that was not a mere removal of dirt from the body, but an appeal to God. They had been saved through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has gone to heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father with all the heavenly spirits. Have you been saved through baptism?