The Last Day For Our Read Along (Day 24)


1 Peter 5:12-14 (NKJV)
12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand. 13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

We are on day 24, our last 
day reading through
Putting On A Quiet & Gentle Spirit
by Elizabeth George.

Peter is signing off.
He is wrapping up his letter.
And in so doing he names names.

Who helped Peter write this epistle
(verse 12)?

And how does Peter refer to him
(verse 12)?

Just a word of information here.
Silvanus, or Silas, was a proven and
faithful servant of the church and apostles.
His track record was long and flawless. 
Silvanus was chose to deliver the letter from 
the Jerusalem council to the church in Antioch
(Acts 15:11)
He had accompanied Paul on 
his second missionary journey
(Acts 15:40-18:11)
He helped Paul write his letters
to the Thessalonians, and had 
ministered with Timothy in Corinth
(2 Corinthians 1:19)
He is definitely someone 
we can emulate.

What phrase describes the second
"person"  (verse 13)?

And how does Peter refer to this one
(verse 13)?

(John MacArthur says Babylon is a 
euphemism for Rome because
 Rome is so much like Babylon was. 
"She" is most likely refers to another local
 church, probably the Christian church in Rome)

What dual role did Peter have in mind 
for his letter (verse 12)?

What is Peter's final word of advice
to his friends-and us
(verse 12)?

What is the tone of Peter's closing
(verse 14)?

What do these verses teach 
us about God?

Peter's letter leaves us with 
hope that we too can cope with
life a little better, even under suffering.

We have learned to stand firm.

Peter's final word to us
is about peace.

There are two kinds of peace.

Personal peace and interpersonal peace.

We can all relate to the need 
for interpersonal peace.

We have all been in situations where
there is strife and malice.

And many times our suffering
comes from the hands of others
which calls for interpersonal peace.

These difficulties can cause
us to succumb ourselves to the level
of strife and fighting.

Thank God for His peace
which is available at all times
from His Holy Spirit.

This peace is available 
to His children.

So Peter ends,
"Peace to you all who
are in Christ Jesus."

And then there is the arena 
of personal peace, which is greatly 
needed when facing fear, panic, dread,
doubt and restlessness of spirit.

In the midst of all Peter calmly ends,
"Peace to you all who 
are in Christ Jesus."

How can you and I seek and secure
God's peace in our daily lives?

Take the tendency to panic-
and instead rest in God's presence

Take the tendency to terror-
and instead trust in God's wisdom and ways.

Take the tendency to dread-
and instead accept God's dealings.

Take the tendency to nervousness-
and instead know that God is in control.

Peter had been present with the Savior
when He said. "Peace I leave with you, My
peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid."
(John 14:27)

And now Peter passes on to us
the very essence of the personal 
and final words Jesus had spoken to
Peter and the other disciples as they went
on to face their suffering,
"Peace I leave to you all
who are in Christ Jesus. Amen."

Thank you for joining me
in this study. And thank you for
your sweet uplifting comments.

I leave you with a worship 
song to brighten your day...

 And I leave you with the hymn
we are memorizing during this study...