The Pulpit Commentary

1 Peter 1:25 (1 Peter 1:25)

But the Word of the Lord endureth forever . And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you. In this verse, both in the quotation and in the apostle's comment, the Greek equivalent for "word" is not λόγος , as in 1 Peter 1:23 , but ῥῆμα . ̔Ρῆμα is "an utterance, the word uttered," more concrete than λόγος ; yet in some pus-sages, as Ephesians 6:18 ; Hebrews 6:4 and Hebrews 11:3 , it seems to be used as equivalent to λόγος , and the variation here may possibly be owing to the quotation. Compare the transition from λόγος to ῥῆμα in St. Peter's speech recorded in Acts 10:36 , Acts 10:37 . The Revised Version renders the last half of the verse, And this is the Word of good tidings which was preached unto you ; literally, This is the Word which was preached as good tidings . Here St. Peter recognizes the gospel which had been preached in Asia Minor as the Word of the Lord which abideth for ever. St. Paul and his companions were the missionaries from whom those provinces had heard the Word of God. St. Peter gives his formal testimony to the teaching of St. Paul, as he had already done at Jerusalem ( Galatians 2:1-9 ).

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