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10/26/2017

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A Wonderful Farewell


"Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it! ..... Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to all of you who are in Christ" (1 Pet.5:12 & 14).

I find many of the ways that epistle writers "sign off" their letters to be fascinating. The end of 1 Peter is no exception, and Peter ends his letter in a way that was familiar with his readers. A faithful brother named Silvanus might have helped Peter to write. Perhaps he asked Silvanus to serve him as a scribe, or maybe he was the one who was to carry the letter to the churches... There are a couple of really important things that Peter wants his readers to keep in mind as he closes. We find one of the main purposes of the letter in today's verse that says; I have written to you briefly, exhorting.... This was all about strengthening the fledgling churches. Hmmmm... Would that work today? Further, it was to testify that this is the true grace of God. I believe what Peter is doing in this salutation is something that rings down through time to all of us today. God's kingdom here on earth, the church, is paramount in importance. Peter's letter has underscored the closeness and support that 1st century Christians, and Christians in 2017 are to have for one another. Peter's last two pieces of advice also ring true not only then, but today also... They were "to greet one another with a kiss of love..." (Vs.14). You might remember the apostle Paul's similar words in Rom.16:16, greet one another with a holy kiss. I think that this kiss of love or holy kiss is to remind all of us about the true affection that Christians are to have for one another. The ultimate results are found in Peters' last words of the letter... "Peace be to all of you who are in Christ" God's people are at their very best when they stand together under the banner of Christ, loving and supporting one another... How does that sound to you?

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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