SUMMARY.--Duties of the Aged. Of the Young Men and Women. Of Servants. Christian Life. Christian Hope.
9, 10. Exhort servants. Slaves. See notes on Eph. 6:5-8. Many of the first converts were servants. 10. Not purloining. Men robbed of liberty and labor have always been under temptation to steal. Good fidelity. Faithfulness in duty which will secure the master's confidence. That they may adorn. The virtues of a Christian servant would commend Christianity to the master. As a matter of fact we know that many masters were converted by their servants.
11-15. Hath appeared to all men. The divine favor shown forth in the gospel of salvation is for all men, servants as well as masters. 12. Teaching us. We are taught in this system of grace that we must deny ourselves all sinful lusts, and live godly lives. 13. Looking for. The attitude of Christians is that of waiting in expectation of the fulfillment of a glorious hope. Compare 1 Cor. 1:7 Philippians 3:20 Philippians 3:1 1 Thess. 1:9 . 14. Who gave himself. The Lord who will appear gave the greatest of all things, himself, for us. That he might redeem us. To deliver us from sin, not only from its power, but its penalty. A peculiar people. Separate, chosen, holy in life. The Jews were, under the old covenant, a peculiar people; now, Christians, are God's Israel. 15. Let no man despise thee. Command respect.