Peter was a practical, realistic man. Prior to leaving his work on the lake as a fisherman, his life consisted of real and practical things: boats, nets, fish, making a living, hard work, and other tangible realities. We should not be surprised to discover that his writing style followed suit.
Being neither scholarly nor sophisticated, Peter had little interest in theoretical discussions. Life was meant to be lived not talked about. If there was a cause worth fighting for, then fight... don't philosophize! So when Peter wrote to suffering saints, he didn't mess around; he got down to basics. And when he addressed the reality of the end times, he summed up marching orders in one-two-three-four fashion rather than discussing possible choices. In these five verses, we see “pragmatic Peter” at his best.
1 Peter 4:7-11
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