It means that as Christians, we will suffer, but not for long, and afterword, not only will we be what we were, we shall be better. It is not the suffering but God that makes …us strong, firm and steadfast. (MORE)
My home library includes a wide selection of works on theology, history, archaeology and philosophy. Not only have I published substantial online articles on nearly every book in the Bible, but also on historical developments around the Old and New Testaments.
The epistles attributed to Peter were written at different times, most likely during the first half of the second century, and almost certainly by different authors. In… many theological stances, 1 Peter is close to Pauline thought, and some critics would suggest that it was written by a disciple of the Pauline school, although no name can be attributed to the author. Although probably also from the second century, the first mention of 2 Peter occurs in Origen's Commentary on John from the third century. In this epistle, the 'historical' Peter reminds his readers that they should remember the words of the apostles, who were obviously in the distant past (2 Peter 3:1-2): "This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour spoken through your apostles". Much of the content of 2 Peter consists of material copied from the second-century Epistle of Jude. There is little else to guide us as to the identity of the author of 2 Peter, except to say that it was not Peter the apostle. (MORE)
1 Peter 1:24 says: "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall..."(NIV) indicating that, at this p…oint, all humans die. God's word is eternal, and his promises are sure, but a human life, atleast at this time, is very short. (Job 14:1+2)(Psalm 37:2)(Psalm 102:11)(Psalm 103:15+16)(Isaiah 51:12) (James 1:9+10) Additional Informtion: 1:24 The transitory character of human nature is emphasized by a quotation of Isa 40:6-7. Human life is as impermanent as grass. Physical beauty is as short-lived as the flowers of the field. The grass withers, and the flowers droop and die. 1:25 In contrast, the word of the Lord endures forever (Isa 40:8). Therefore, the new life of the believer is equally incorruptible. This incorruptible word is the message of good news which was preached to Peter's readers and which caused them to be born again. It was the source of their eternal life. (MORE)
I have also built up a quite substantial home library that I use for reference. I have written and published online articles, each of around 2000 words, on nearly ever book in the New Testament, using some of the latest scholarship available but also providing my own analysis where appropriate.
The two Epistles of Peter both claim to have been written by the apostle Peter, both addressed themselves to the same church and both claim to have been sent at approximately… the same time. 1 Peter Eric Eve writes, "Despite 1 Pet 1:1, the author is unlikely to have been the apostle Peter. The cultured Greek of the epistle makes it perhaps the most literary composition in the NT. The apostle Peter probably knew some Greek, but 1 Peter does not look like the product of an unlettered (Acts 4:13) Galilean fisherman. It employs a sophisticated vocabulary and its author appears to have some command of the techniques of Hellenistic rhetoric. He is also intimately acquainted with the OT in the LXX, whereas we should have expected the Galilean Peter to have been more familiar with an Aramaic Targum or the Hebrew." I Peter contains no evidence at all of familiarity with the earthly Jesus, his life, his teaching, and his death, but makes reference only in a general way to the sufferings of Christ. It is scarcely conceivable that Peter would neither have sought to strengthen his authority by referring to his personal connections with Jesus nor have referred to the example of Jesus in some way. Based on his command of the Greek language and his familiarity with the Greek Septuagint (LXX), the author of 1 Peter may have been a Jew of the Hellenistic diaspora. On the other hand, Peter says in 5:12 "with the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly". Professional scribes such as Silas would have no trouble at all writing eloquent Greek. 2 Peter More people have challenged 2 Peter as "authentic" than any other book of the New Testament. None of the early Fathers definitely quoted 2 Peter and it was not even mentioned in the second century. 2 Peter has a different style of writing than 1 Peter, but the same literary style as Jude. Most of 2 Peter and Jude are parallel, and 15 of 25 verses in Jude actually appear in 2 Peter. So the author of 2 Peter is most probably not the same person as the author of 1 Peter, but may be the same as the author of Jude. (MORE)
Peter wrote both 1 Peter and 2 Peter The First Epistle of Peter is believed to be pseudepigraphical, written in the second century. Clearly this is too late for a disci…ple who lived in the early years of the first century. Its author was not the author of 2 Peter, but is otherwise unknown. (MORE)
Well... I will say look at it like this, the 15th verse sum up the whole thing " be holyin all manner of conversation" conversation in this verse, is not how you talk but it m…eans in the Hebrew language here: your life style. These verses is saying in simpler words, we are not going to live forever (verse 24). One day we are going to stand to be judged ( verse 17) SO.. What ever you do it must be first HOLY and then pure in heart. ( verse 22).(MORE)
That depends on who you read most Bible translators, expositors will say it was written by Peter, one of the original twelve, probably Silvanus or Silas did the actual wri…ting. There has been no serious challenge to Peter being the author of 1 Peter. The early historian Eusebius listed it among the undisputed books and early church fathers like Polycarp, Ireenaeus, Tertillian ascribed it to Peter. The author calls himself Peter and claims to be an apostle, he also states he was a witness to Christ's suffering and post resurrection glory (1Peter 5:1). Another answer: Regarding I Peter, Halley's Bible Handbook, under the heading "Occasion of Writing" says: "...The Church was undergoing a world trial (5:9). It seemed as if the end had come. It was literally a 'fiery trial' (4:12). Christians were being burned nightly in Nero's gardens. It did look as if the Devil, as a 'roaring lion' (5:8), was about to devour the Church. "It is thought, possibly, that Peter may have written this letter immediately after Paul's martyrdom, about A.D. 66, and sent it by Silas (5:12), who had been one of Peter's helpers, to these Churches which Paul had founded, to encourage them to bear up under their Suffering, Silas personally carrying the news of Paul's martyrdom to Paul's Churches. "Thus the Epistle was born in the atmosphere of Suffering, shortly before Peter's own martyrdom, exhorting Christians not to think it strange that they had to Suffer, reminding them that Christ did His work by Suffering." (Halley's Bible Handbook with the King James Version, Classic Edition; I Peter, Occasion of Writing p.663) (MORE)