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Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Peter 5:10-14.
(A) THE CLOSING BENEDICTION.
1 Peter 5:10 - This verse really sums up the message of this letter. God is a God full of Grace who has called (invited) us to inherit His glory. We can partake of this glory in part now if we suffer('pascho') for a while (a brief time). We will enter fully into that glory when Jesus returns for His Bride, the Church.
Through this suffering He will perfect (mature and restore) us , establish (set us fast in our appointed place/inheritance) us,
strengthen (literally 'to confirm us in spiritual knowledge and power') us and settle (to ground on a firm foundation) us.
1 Peter 5:11 - This verse once again reiterates the primary goal of all our suffering for Christ - glory and dominion to God forever Amen! (See Revelation 1:6).
(B) PERSONAL FOOTNOTES OF PETER
1 Peter 5:12 - This shows that Silvanus (also known as Silas) actually wrote the letter as dictated by Peter.
Peter says this letter has been exhorting (parakaleo) and testifying (epimarturio - to further witness) that in the midst of suffering we stand (abide) by God's Grace.
1 Peter 5:13-14 - Greetings are sent from the church in Babylon (probably a code name for Rome) and also from Mark (who Peter calls his 'son' - his close disciple).
The letter ends with a command to greet one another with a kiss (usual greeting in the Middle East - on the cheek) of love (agape - self sacrificial love). The fact it isa kiss of love distinguishes it from the usual insincere greetings people would give. Can you think of the cultural term of greeting for your nation that could be used ? How can it be insincere ? What would make it a greeting of love ?
Finally Peter prays for peace to all who are in Christ (only they can have true peace).
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