It is common agreement among scholars that Peter died during the reign of Nero who committed suicide in 68 A.D..
Thus 1st Peter would be dated prior to 68 A.D.
Many have narrowed 1st Peter down to 63 or 64 A.D..
With this in mind… for Peter to have openly written in his day to the persecuted Christians of his day that “The end of all things is near” this obviously was in reference to the future coming of General Titus and the armies of Rome surrounding Jerusalem, demolishing the temple and killing millions of people, many of whom ran to the temple for safety but were inhumanely incinerated within the temple walls as Roman soldiers set it on fire.
So many were killed in this almost unbelievable 11 month siege, millions were slaughtered, including the whole Mosaic Priesthood.
Peter’s imploring to the early Christian Church who were about to take flight to the mountains and be saved from those soon to be horrific events was for them to be alert, to be sober, to be ready and above all to love each other deeply and to use their individual gifting’s to serve one another without grumbling or complaining.
Although the historical context of what the early Christians were about to see take place on the Heads of Israel at the hands of Rome no longer applies to any of us today, I believe much of Peter’s imploring to Christians then and now remains very alive and applicable.
“Above all, love each other deeply.”
“The end of all things is near (70 A.D.). Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. ”
~ 1st Peter 4:8-11
In His Love, Pastor Scott Boggs
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