Let me remind the reader, no doctrine is lost over one verse. Moreover, the policy to follow is, let the textual evidence lead where it leads, the translation go where it goes, the translator do what needs to be done, and the exegete discover what the author meant by the words that he used. God does not need our help in manipulating verses to get our desired outcome.
The First Epistle to Peter was penned about 62–64 C.E., just some 6-8-years before the destruction of Jerusalem and an all-out attack on the Jewish people by the Roman Empire, which would include Jewish Christians. Christians today face a similar difficulty because the long time that has been given to Satan’s wicked world is now entering a very dark period of time in history. (Rom. 13:12) It would be very dangerous and quite foolish for any Christian to lose sight of the prize at this late hour!
The apostle, having delivered two exhortations before he proceeds to more, intermixes here a prayer for the success of what he had said. Faithful ministers water their preaching with their prayers, because, whoever sows the seed, it is God that gives the increase. We can but speak to the ear; it is God’s prerogative to speak to the heart.
Many modern-day historians and textual scholars claim that the early Christians did not view the New Testament books as inspired. Was the canonicity, authenticity, and the integrity of the 27 New Testament Bible Books built into Christianity right from the very start? What is the truth?
Rome was a complex society. Levels of literacy were fluid because of the conditions of the day being as culturally and ethnically diverse as it was. The Roman Empire from the first century to the fourth century was as culturally and ethnically diverse as New York City and its five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
“Jesus was born in such a literate, well-documented period.” – Paul Barnett, Is the New Testament Reliable? (2003, 20).
THE two great exercises that attend our prayers, and will be helpful to us, are, 1. Hope in God’s word, which will encourage us to continue in prayer, though our answer may not come immediately. 2. Meditation in God’s word. The more intimately we converse with the word of God, and the more we dwell upon it in our thoughts, the better able we shall be to speak to God and the better we shall know what to pray for as we ought. Reading the word will not serve, but we must meditate in it.