About Jesus Steve Sweetman
verse 12 we learn that Silas helped Peter write this letter.
Obviously Silas had good writing skills and knew Greek.
Silas was also a good friend of Paul’s and helped Paul write some
of his letters. See 1
Thessalonians 1:1 and 2 Thessalonians 1:1.
You can see Paul's influence in this letter of Peter's, and that is
due to Silas. There are some
people who believe that Peter didn't really write this letter, but it was
Paul through Silas. I don't
believe that. That would have
made Paul deceptive, and I can't see Paul being deceptive.
16:37 implies that Silas was arrested illegally.
That being the case, he would have been a Roman citizen, a
Hellenistic Jew. He would have
been born and raised somewhere in Asia Minor, modern
a side note, 1 Peter was written in a very good Greek style.
On the other hand, 2 Peter was written in a very poor Greek style.
This is most likely due to the fact the Silas penned 1 Peter for
Peter, but he did not pen second Peter. Peter
might have written his second letter by himself.
has been recently discovered that a writing style that has been called
"Asianism" was the writing style of the ordinary person of the
day in the area to which Peter wrote.
Many scholars over the years have disregarded second Peter as being
canonical because of its writing style, but now we know that the writing
style might well have been a common form of regional writing.
Many people have questioned the New Testament because of its
writing style, but we've now have learned the same thing.
The Greek writing style which most of the New Testament was written
was in ordinary street level Greek, and we just discovered this in the 20th
century. This style of Greek
has been named "Koine Greek"; "Koine" in Greek meaning
intent in writing was to show the true grace of God and to encourage his
readers to stand steadfast in His grace in the midst of suffering from an
anti-Christ culture. By using
the word "stand', Peter is saying that his readers should not fall
under the pressure of their present trials.
Standing denotes strength.
verse 13 Peter says, "she who is in
sends you greetings." This question arises.
"What does Peter mean by
odd scholar actually believes the pronoun "she" refers to
Peter's wife, but I don't see that. I
believe "she" refers to the community of believers in Rome.
2 Timothy 4:11 Paul asks Timothy to bring Mark to
scholars understand the words "my son" not to be literal.
Mark was not the biological son of Peter, but a son in the Lord.
says that Mark sends his greetings. He
does not say that Silas sends his greetings. This is most likely due to
the fact that Silas probably delivered this letter to these suffering
saints in person.
often greeted each other in those days with a kiss.
So it is not unusual for Peter to say in verse 14, "“greet one
another with a kiss of love." This
changed over the years. By the
fourth century people got carried away with kissing.
That which God meant to be good, the church messed up.
The church in the fourth century tried to fix this problem by
saying only men could kiss men and only women could kiss women.
ends his letter by saying, "peace to all of you who are in Christ."
These people were not experiencing outward peace in their lives.
Jesus never promised outward peace.
He promised inward peace. These
people surely needed that inward peace that came from Jesus.
They lived in torment. Many
died at the hands of Roman soldiers with the peace of Jesus found in their
hearts and souls. Peter
himself was one of those who were executed for his trust in Jesus by the
Romans in and around 64 to 66 A D.
Peter's first letter
is very relevant to our Christian world today.
As the world, and especially the western world, moves away from any
Christian influence it might have had, an anti-Christ mentality prevails.
This anti-Christ culture will create the same atmosphere for
Christians in our day as was seen in Peter's day.
As time goes on; as this anti-Christ culture develops and spreads
into all aspects of society, Christians can expect to be persecuted.
We need to seriously take what Peter says to heart.
Our day of trials is not far off.
Peter may have spoken to believers in what is now western