Concluding First Peter with chapters 4 and 5, we are finding that Peter believed and taught what the other New Testament writers taught. And, if anything, we seem to find Peter expressing these things even better than the others had. With chapter 4, we can see 8 of The Essential Elements that comprise The Real New Testament Message. He opens about #4, the Savior in the first verse and again in verse 13. With the Savior we find #5, the Gospel in that Peter notes how He suffered in verses 1 and 13, and its mention in verses 6 and 17. Peter continues to encourage #9, New Life living with verses 7 thru 11, and 12 thru 19. Naturally, a chief characteristic of the New Life is #1, righteousness as verses 2, 18 and 19 point out; and not in our old #2, sins as we find them in verses 1 thru 3, 8, 15, and 17 and 18. For those who remain in their sins will be #3, severely judged as verses 5 and 6, and 17 attest. We see our #8, New Birth of salvation with verse 18; and we close on a high #10, Kingdom note with verses 11 and 13.
From chapter 5, Peter opens as he did chapter 4, with #4, the Savior and His #5, Gospel sufferings for our sins. We see the same in verse 10 as well. There is mention of #2, sin one time in verse 5, but Peter’s emphasis in this last chapter falls to #9, New Life instruction practically from beginning to end, but specifically with verses 2 and 3, 5 thru 9, and verse 12. He goes much to #10 the Kingdom with verses 1, 4, 6, 10 and 11. And, I love how Peter closes on a #8, New Birth note with the two words that seem to best express what it means to be saved… those being “in Christ”! A New Testament study of that one expression alone is going to yield precious nuggets of invaluable spiritual truth!
We’re coming to the end of the test of my thesis. My thesis was that The Real Message of The New Testament is comprised of 10 distinct and related Essential Elements. These are 1. Righteousness, 2. Sin, 3. Judgment, 4. Savior, 5. Gospel, 6. Repent, 7. Believe, 8. New Birth, 9. New Life, and 10. the Kingdom. So far, it is proving to be entirely true, and becomes valuable as The New Testament Literacy Tool means of building oneself up in the faith, being equipped to evangelize the lost, and to properly evaluate the message of others. Is there anyone who would deny this? It appears to be just what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell