Exegetical Studies in 1 Peter Part 8 -- By: John H. Bennetch

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 099:394 (Apr 1942)
Article: Exegetical Studies in 1 Peter Part 8
Author: John H. Bennetch

Exegetical Studies in 1 Peter
Part 8

John Henry Bennetch

(Continued from the October-December Number, 1941)

[Editor’s Note: The contributions of Everett Falconer Harrison to Bibliotheca Sacra with his Exegetical Studies in 1 Peter have been prized by staff and readers alike. So it is with disappointment that Bibliotheca Sacra must announce this gifted scholar and writer requests that he be relieved of the task of completing the projected series. This permission has been granted by the Editor. The exposition of this book, however, will not be allowed to go unfinished. Dr. John H. Bennetch, co-laborer with Dr. Harrison in the Dallas Seminary, will complete the series without further interruption, D.V.]


“By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand” (1 Pet 5:12). By his own admission Peter had a twofold purpose in writing the Epistle which bears the name of 1 Peter. On the one hand, his aim was to exhort “the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,” and on the other hand, his desire was to give personal testimony to the true grace of God, he being an authoritative witness thereto because “an apostle of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet 1:1). The exhortation as well as the testimony was to be focused on the grace of God which saves (1 Pet 1:10; 3:7), keeps and enables (1:2; 4:10; 5:5, 10), then finally glorifies (1:13). What distinguishes Petrine witness to grace from that of other apostles is the application being made. The Galilean had in mind to bring comfort and encouragement to his readers, as to those suffering for their faith (2:19ff, 3:14ff, 4:1ff, 5:9ff). In consequence he has had to emphasize hope about as much as faith and love (1:3, 13, 21; 3:5, 15). Peter is the apostle of inspiring hope. Accordingly, the first

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