1 Peter – Intro; Ch 1

1 Peter - Intro; Ch 1

Thoughts from the intro in my study bible:

Peter is writing to encourage Christians encountering persecution from Rome. “Should they flee or resist? Should they tone down their outward signs of faith? Give up? They also wanted explanations on the meaning of suffering. Why does God allow it?”

How to Read 1 Peter: “We all experience pain of some kind. As you read, try to apply what he says to your own situation. Peter uses pithy peasant expressions and awkwardly shifts back and forth between doctrine and advice. He gives deep insight into what it meant for Christ to suffer on our behalf. He structured his book like a rambling sermon. But he was well-grounded in the teachings of Jesus and the prophets.”

Thoughts from the text that stand out to me:

Chapter 1:

  • He has given us new birth into a living hope (v3)
  • An inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade (v4)
  • Who through faith are shielded by God’s power (v5)
  • In this you greatly rejoice; Trials come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold–may be proved genuine (v6-7)
  • You don’t see him, but you love him; you believe and are filled with joy (v8)
  • You are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls (v9)
  • Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed (v13)
  • God judges each man’s work impartially [equally, fair]; and you know that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you, not with perishable things like silver and gold, but with the blood of Christ; through him you believe in God (v17-21)
  • So love one another deeply, from the heart; you have been born again through the living and enduring word of God; for all men are like grass, withers and falls; but the word of the Lord stands forever (v22-25)

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