1. The apostle Peter wrote 2 of the 21 "epistles" [letters] in the New Testament. 2. In his first letter,: a. Peter wrote to Christians who were facing a fiery trial (1:6-7; 4:12) b. Peter addressed various responsibilities that God has given to His people c. Peter showed how God's people must fulfill these responsibilities, even while suffering persecution from unbelievers d. Peter emphasized the Lord's example of suffering as result of doing the Father's will. 3. This lesson is a study of the information presented in 1 Peter 5:10-14. 4. These verses include Peter's concluding remarks.
I. (vs.10-11) PETER MADE A REQUEST OF GOD
A. (vs.10) This is a very special request. 1. It was made of "the God of all grace." a. God's grace: 1) saves (Ephesians 2:8-9) 2) teaches His people how to live (Titus 2:11-12) 3) sustains His people (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). b. (2 Corinthians 9:8a) "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you." c. Additional instructions are given in 1 Peter 5:5b-7. 2. It was made on behalf of those who have been called "unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus." a. According to 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, we are called by the Gospel. b. Peter wrote about salvation earlier in 1 Peter 1:3, 22-23; 3:21. 3. It was for God to make perfect [complete], to establish, to strengthen, and to settle His people. 4. It was for a particular time -- after suffering "a while." B. (vs.11) God is to be praised (4:11). C. Additional passages: 1. Tribulation must be faced correctly because it can cause one to fall (Matthew 13:20-21). 2. God's people are not immune to suffering (Romans 8:18-23). 3. Affliction is temporary, confined to this life (2 Corinthians 4:15-18). 4. Jesus was "made perfect" through His suffering (Hebrews 5:5-10).
II. (vs.12) PETER COMMENDED SILVANUS
A. Silvanus is also known as "Silas" who was Paul's co-worker (Acts 15:40). B. Peter may have dictated his letter to Silvanus, or Silvanus may have delivered it. C. Peter referred to him as "a faithful brother."
III. (vs.13-14) PETER EXPRESSED GREETINGS
A. Peter sent greetings from: 1. the church at Babylon 2. Marcus [John Mark -- Acts 12:12; 13:5]. B. Peter instructed God's people to greet one another. C. Peter concluded with a greeting of "peace" to all that are in Christ.