Exegetical Studies in 1 Peter Part 4 -- By: Everett F. Harrison

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 098:389 (Jan 1941)
Article: Exegetical Studies in 1 Peter Part 4
Author: Everett F. Harrison

Exegetical Studies in 1 Peter
Part 4

Everett F. Harrison

(Continued from the October-December Number, 1940)

Salvation as the Theme of the Old Testament Prophets (1:10-12)

Into the first nine verses of the epistle Peter has compressed all that would seem to be required, in view of the situation of his readers, to indicate the character and purpose of his letter-a word of greeting, a setting forth of salvation as an inheritance laid up in heaven, far beyond the reach of human violence or the ravages of time, and a statement of the value of the fiery ordeal to which faith is now being subjected. The wherefore of verse 13 could come at once and not be out of place. But ere he is ready for that, Peter would turn backward to relate salvation to the preparatory revelation of the Old Testament. This was his habit in preaching, as the book of Acts certifies (2:16, 25, 30; 3:18, 21, 24; 10:43). No doubt he learned it from the great Teacher, particularly in the interval between the resurrection and the ascension, when for the first time he was receptive to the truth that the Christ must suffer before entering into His glory. “This context is the locus classicus for the New Testament doctrine of Messianic Prophecy. It comes appropriately from the pen of the Apostle who on the day of Pentecost first expounded the Old Testament in the light of the Gospel of Christ.”1

The nature of revelation, especially that portion involving Messianic prophecy, receives considerable explication here. In prediction of salvation, as in the proclamation of its historic realization in Christ, both divine and human factors are at work. The Spirit who utilized the prophets in announcing the sufferings of Messiah and the glories to follow has been active since the first Advent in the preachers of the Word. The agreement in the message of the two epochs is

therefore not accidental, but is assignable to the influence of the Holy Spirit throughout. The unity and continuity of the message of redemption confessedly depend upon His superintendence.

Yet it may well be doubted that Peter’s purpose is to formulate a philosophy of revelation. The chief end in view is the consolation of his brethren who were payi...

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