Description: Peter informs his Christian readers to be on the alert for the “adversary, the roaring lion.” The roaring of the lion’s jaws is the power of suffering to destroy our faith. Therefore Peter has to remind his Christian readers, “resist him, firm in your faith.”
Description: Humility is an essential characteristic of true piety, or of the person who is right with God. God humbles men in order to bring them to Himself, and it is when men humble themselves before Him that they are accepted. To “walk humbly with your God” completes the Divine requirements.
Description: Hard-working elders may not have a showcase full of trophies and awards to show for a lifetime of toil in the vineyard of God, but one day the Chief Shepherd will return and fully reward His faithful under-shepherds.
Description: In these verses Peter gives the climax of his urgent warning and strengthening of the church against the terrible persecution, already under way, but soon to issue in the death of countless numbers of the faithful. Although Peter primarily had in mind the prophetic destruction of Jerusalem, it should never be overlooked that the event itself was a type of the ultimate judgment of the Second Coming, giving all of the apostle’s teaching here a spiritual application for all generations to come.
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