It is evident that Peter’s epistles are written mainly to fellow Jews; it is likely he is writing from Jerusalem, which his Master had said as he wept over the city, would be destroyed, including the Temple. His message is parallel with those the apostle Paul wrote to the Gentiles.
Peter writes, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling … as good stewards of God’s varied grace … whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (4:7 on). Today, as the end of Gentile times draws close, the same advice is appropriate, as are the warnings against ungodliness in Habakkuk. “Woe to him who … founds a city on iniquity! Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that … nations weary themselves for nothing?” (2:12,13).
But next come these dramatic words of prophetic vision, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea”. The chapter ends, “… the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him”. The picture of the ultimate blessings to come to those who are godly is an inspiration to us in many scriptures, such as the Psalms (see 22:27; 72:19; 86:9; 98:1-3).
Returning to Peter’s epistle, we notice how he brings his letter to a conclusion by stating, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (5:10,11).
Let us say, “Amen” to these words as we sense “the end of all things” is getting closer; but it will only be “the end of all things” for those who ignore God. We must follow Peter’s advice and be “self-controlled and sober-minded” and daily feeding our minds on God’s word is an invaluable help in making sure we are like this.
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