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1 PETER CHAPTER 1 STUDY (PART ONE – vv. 1-11)


Greeting to the Elect Pilgrims

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To the [a]pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

A Heavenly Inheritance

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance [b]incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been [c]grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not [d]seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.


Notes 1 Peter 1 Study – (vv. 1-11)


1:1: Pilgrims, or “sojourners”, are aliens, those who stay for awhile in a strange place with no intentions of permanently residing there … This is said of God’s people in this world – (see 1 Peter 2:11; Genesis 23:4; and Psalm 38 (39):13; & Hebrews 11:13), for they are citizens of the heavenly world that is to come – (Philippians 3:20) …


1:2: See here the Apostle’s clear reference to all three divine Persons of the Holy Trinity …

1: God’s FOREKNOWLEDGE does not preclude or bind human will … Rather, it has to do with His Providence, His sovereign control of history …

2: SANCTIFICATION: The sprinkling of the blood connects OT sacramental rites with Christ and the NT … Blood sprinkled on the doorposts of their homes, the people of Israel escaped the power of Satan and death in Egypt – (Exodus 12:13) …

3: When the covenant between God and the Israelites on Mt. Sinai, Moses sprinkled the blood of the covenant upon the people, that empowered them to participate in the life of God – (Exodus 24:8) …

4: On the Day of Atonement, the blood of a goat was sprinkled on the mercy seat of the tabernacle – (Leviticus 16:15) …

5: As people of the New Covenant, we enter God’s life more intimately: “Unless you … drink His blood, you have no life in you” – (John 6:53) … Through Christ’s blood communicated to us in the Holy Eucharist – (1Corinthians 11:25), we are united with Him in His incorrupt human nature …

We are to be in Obedience to Jesus Christ because of the obedience of Jesus Christ … We are to be the opposite of the obedience of the first Adam, the second Adam, Christ, fulfilled the Law completely and performed all righteousness … Through His obedience, corrupt human nature will be transformed into incorrupt human nature …

1:3: We are begotten … again to a living hope in baptism … As Jesus told Nicodemus, we enter the Kingdom of God by being “born of water and the Spirit” – (John 3:5) … This new birth in baptism unites us with Christ and His resurrection – (Romans 6:3) … The words and actions of Peter also confirm this sacramental reality – (see, also Acts 2:37, 38, & 41; and Acts 10:43, 47, and v. 48; see also the “washing of regeneration” found in Titus 3:5, where baptism and God’s mercy are coupled) … (vv. 3-6) – Here the sacrament of baptism is the power by which we suffer faithfully – (vv. 7-9) … Being regenerated, given new life in Christ, we have hope by which to live … This grace of God sustains us in the trials of life … (vv. 3-12 in the original constitute one long sentence) …


1:4: Note the home for which we yearn, our inheritance, is also described in the context of baptism – (1Peter 1:3) …


1:5: The incorruptible inheritance is reserved for those who have true faith, the faith that by God’s grace perseveres to the end …


1:6-7: To reach the joy and blessing of eternal life in Christ, we first experience the sadness of the passing world, along with the afflictions we must face here – (see also James 1:1-12) … To the watching the world, the perseverance of the faithful during affliction appears foolish and even contemptible … But Peter shows that faith under trial is precious indeed, bearing more glory and honor as it continues to stand under trial – (see – Matthew 25:31-46; and 1 Corinthians 3:10-15) …


1:8: Peter knew by experience that failure to perceive the truth until he saw it with his eyes – (see – Luke 24:8-12; Acts 10:39-43) … Here he addresses those who believe Him whom they have not seen … This is the faith of baptism and the faith of eternal life …


1:10-11: The prophets have supernatural knowledge of the events to come – even so far as the glories that would follow the sufferings of Christ, His Resurrection, Ascension, and Second Coming …


1 JOHN 4:12-16

12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.


How can we know God lives in us??? John gives us a fourfold answer: (1): IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER – (v. 12); (2): IF WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN HIS SPIRIT – (v. 13); (3)L IF WE CONFESS JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD – (v. 15); and (4): IF WE ABIDE IN THE LOVE OF GOD – (v. 16) …


ALL ROADS LEAD TO CHRIST

CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST

PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL

IN CHRIST LOVE JARED








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