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1 Peter Part 1 HANDOUT

8/8/21

 

Peter writes to Christians in a new world around 62-64 AD.

  • Peter wrote his letter to Christians experiencing persecution throughout the Roman Empire. 
  • Don’t be surprised by suffering and persecution
  • Opposition is opportunity to live out faith show the difference that Jesus makes

1 Peter 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:  Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Peter is using identity language.  If these people know who they are – then they will know how to live.

KEY: We constantly need to be reminded of who we are so that we will know how to live.

Peter is writing to God’s elect to give them a warning and give them encouragement: you will face opposition BUT there is an opportunity here to live out your faith and to show the world a difference in Jesus Christ.  

1 Peter 1:3-4 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you

  • We have an inheritance in Heaven with Christ.  

1 Peter 1:5 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

Even in the midst of a hostile culture, we see that how we live comes from who we are.  

1 Peter 1:6 6In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

KEY:  Suffering and joy can be experienced simultaneously.  

1 Peter 1:10-11 10Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.

  • What do we do in between this world with suffering and eternal home?  LIVE HOLY and LOVE OTHERS.

1 Peter 1:14-16 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

  • Holy = set apart.  Distinctive in how we live.  
    • Don’t live in a way that conforms to the world because God is your Father.

1 Peter 1:22 22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

  • How we live is determined by who we are.

POINT: The trials you are going through are temporary, but our Living Hope is eternal life with Christ in Heaven.