1 Peter 1:22 Perfect Participle

From: John Barach (johnbarach@juno.com)
Date: Thu Mar 04 1999 - 14:18:06 EST


I've been working on 1 Peter 1:22-25 recently and have encountered some
different opinions on how to deal with the perfect participle hHGNIKOTES
in 1:22.

Because it is perfect, some commentators argue that it refers to an event
which took place in the past, namely, the readers' conversion (or
baptism): "Since you have purified your souls (by converting or by being
baptized), now love one another." In this view "obedience to the truth"
refers to believing the gospel.

Others, however, take the participle as expressing the necessary and
on-going prerequisite for the command to love one another, so that the
participle functions somewhat imperativally: "Love one another, and that
love is possible only if you purify your souls...." The participle thus
"denotes the duty which must ever be fulfilled (hence the perf.) if the
AGAPAN is to be realized" (Huther). In this view "obedience to the
truth" refers to keeping God's commands in daily life. Elsewhere in this
passage (1:2; 1:14) "obedience" refers to conduct, and the context is a
call to holiness (1:15).

Does the perfect participle require us to see this purification as a past
event or can it be read as the on-going prerequisite?



John Barach
Box 295, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Y7
Ministerial Candidate (URCNA)

John Barach
Box 295, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3Y7
Ministerial Candidate (URCNA)

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