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1 Peter Chapter 1

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 1 Peter. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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The author of this letter is Peter (also called Simon and Cephas in the Bible) who was one of the 12 disciples. Along with James and John, Peter seemed to be a part of the inner, inner circle of Jesus. Peter was the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, he also denied Jesus three times after Jesus was arrested. Restored by Jesus after the resurrection, it was Peter who stood up and preached at Pentecost where 3000 were added to the church.

1 Peter was written to the church that was being persecuted by Nero. They were being scattered to new places because of it. The letter is believed to have been written around AD 64, just before Peter was martyred by Nero.

1 Peter 1:1-25 (NIV)
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 3 Praise 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, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. 13 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. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

1 Peter 1:1-2

The letter is addressed to “God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia”. The church was being scattered by the persecution they were facing from Nero, but this didn’t stop the spread of the Gospel. In fact, as the church was scattered they preached the gospel wherever they went and it was another way that Christianity was actually introduced throughout the known world.

In verse 2, there is a reference to each member of the Trinity “who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:”

1 Peter 1:3-5

The new birth. Spiritual birth. It is the same concept that Jesus used during his interaction with Nicodemus, you must be born again. Until you come to Christ you are not truly alive.

1 Peter 1:6-12

Why were the Christians so horribly persecuted by Nero? First, they refused to worship the emperor as a god. Second, their refusal to worship at pagan temples was bad for business that was associated with pagan worship. Third, the Christian ideals of self sacrificing service that Jesus taught were completely counter culture to the Roman ideals of self, power, and conquest. Fourth, the Christians were a moral obstacle when it came to the immorality that was associated with pagan worship.

1 Peter 1:13-19

Verse 13 says, “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.”

Peter challenges us to be different. Different than we used to be in the way we lived before we new Christ. He is calling us to a way of living.

Be “HOLY” in all you do

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

Sometimes, we might get a little unsettled by the word holy or holiness. But, in reality, being holy actually means to be “set apart”. To be set apart from the ways of the culture, from the ways of the world, from the ways of selfishness. What Peter is in effect saying is, “You’ve been made new, now be holy, be set apart.”

It is about living by doing the next right thing. You have to choose to live life as the new creation you are. What is the motivation for this choice?

1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Our motive is found in what Christ did for us at the cross. Making a way for us to experience real life now and forever.

1 Peter 1:20-25

Just as Jesus demonstrated His radical love for us at the cross, we are to love people extravagantly.

1 Peter 1:22 (NIV)
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.

I believe that love is the truest display of holiness. People sometimes think that he holiest people are those who have isolated themselves from the world, etc., but I don’t. I think that people who live in the world and love like Jesus did are the truest examples of holiness.

Jesus preached this same message. One of the last times He was with His followers in John 13:34-35

John 13:34-35 (NIV)
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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