Closing and Blessing
Section 7 of 1 Peter (1 Peter 5:12-14)
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!
She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark. Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace be to you all who are in Christ.
The closing paragraph of the letter can be found in the seventh section. Peter makes note that it is through Silvanus that he writes. Whether that means that Silvanus is the one writing the words of Peter or if Silvanus is the one sent to deliver the letter, it can be debated, though it is likely that Silvanus is who wrote the words of Peter. The closing here also lists “She who is in Babylon,” which is often considered to be Peter’s chosen term to identify Rome with that land within which the Jews were in exile. Peter identifies his son Mark along with her, so it would be just to accept Peter as having been married and having a son.
What is key here is that Peter says, “exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!” In this, he is referring to all that has been stated in the letter. That the true grace of God is in the promise of the inheritance that awaits those with faith in God in heaven. That we are to stand firm in it through the trials and sufferings we go through in our life. We must all know and accept in our hearts that the righteous and faithful God in whom we claim belief is just and will carry us forward to His promise. That we must love one another, standing together through the hard times. That we are to be examples among the gentiles of our time, in our citizenship, in our work, in our marriages, and in our friendships. We are to be strong leaders and strong followers, remaining humble before the Lord our God for His glory alone. That the Lord favors those who accept the suffering brought against them due to belief in Christ with rejoicing and patience.
Peter shows his strength as a shepherding leader. He provides counsel to the people of God to help them get through dark times, and sets an example for us to emulate in our ‘modern’ times. The First Letter of Peter has relevance to our own time, just as much as it had for the intended recipients of the past. The people of today are the same as the people of these times. The church is the same as it was in the past. All that we live through today is the same as what has been lived through in the past (where applicable of course). Peter’s words ring just as true to us today as they did then. Know that they are words of truth, and know that God is with you, and He has promised you something that goes beyond this world and lasts to eternity. Our suffering last but only for a short while when we come to grasp the fullness of eternity. May you always be in the Lord, and He in you.