A rHB imoiTT OF TH iE pibtu. Thebb are modem writers wh describe the teaching of this Epistle as an insipid Panlinism. To the belier it is one of the most precious parts of Holy Scripture. It is characterized hs b, depth of conviction, a vivid realization of the spiritual blessings, the living hope, the abiding J07, which spring from a true faith inC hrist; by a firm grasp of the necessiiy of reality in the Christian life, of resolute self-denial and patient obedience ;by a deep and true sympathy with suffering Christians; by a steadfast faith in theL ords atonement and the power and preciousness of his example ;by an earnest presentation of the duties of humility, brotherly love, endurance, trustfulness, perseverance; by a calm and holy wisdom, worthy of the first of the apostles, worthy of him to whom theL ord had gpiven the significant name of Peter, who seemed to be a pillar (G al. ii. 9) oft 9rising Ohuroh. 1. Internal Evidence. The writer describes himself asP eter, an apostle of Jesns Christ. The Epistle itself bears witness to the truth of the superscription. He places the great word elect in the forefront of his Epistle. St. Peter had heard that word three times from theL ords lips in the solemn prophecy of coming judgment (M ark xiii. 20, 22, 27). He was present when Christ pronounced his blessing on those who had not seen, but yet had believed (J ohn xz. 29) ;he almost echoes theS aviour swords in ch. i. 8. The Lord had said, Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; St. Peter bids us gird up the loins of your mind (ch. i. 13). The Lord told his apostles that he came to give his life a ransom for many; St. Peter reminds us that we are redeemed .. .with the precious biJ9d of Christ (ch. i. 18). I. raru.
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