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1 Peter

Christian Obligation (1:13-16)

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In the beginning of his first letter, Peter has encouraged his readers by telling them of the many blessings they have because of their faith in Christ Jesus. He has also reminded them of the great value of salvation. But God’s wonderful blessings also place some obligations on those who receive them.

The Value of God’s Gifts (1:10-12)

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When things are going well for us and there are no great difficulties in our lives, we human beings tend to take our blessings for granted. But when we are suffering, especially when the suffering has come upon us as a result of our faith, then we sometimes ask ourselves whether it is worth the cost. When this happens we need to be reminded how valuable our faith is.

Revelation of God’s Plan (1:10-12)

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In the first nine verses of his first letter, the Apostle Peter encourages his readers by reminding them of the many blessings that they have because of their faith in Jesus Christ.

Reward and the Basis of Faith (1:6-9)

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In chapter one, verses 6-9 of his first letter, the Apostle Peter writes:

“Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been put to grief in various trials, that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ—whom not having known [NIV, “though you have not seen him”] you love; in whom, though now you don’t see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory—receiving the result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Rejoicing in Suffering (1:3-9)

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Is it possible to rejoice while going through grief and suffering? For those who follow Jesus Christ it is not only possible, but something they should do!

Reasons to Praise (1:3-5)

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Peter addresses his first letter “...to the chosen ones... that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with his blood...” What does Peter mean when he tells his readers that they are chosen for sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ? The answer lies in understanding the purpose for Jesus’ death.

God’s Elect (1:1-2)

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The Apostle Peter addresses his first letter: “to the chosen ones [NIV, “elect”] who are living as foreigners in the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with his blood...”

Though this greeting is very short, it contains some profound truths.

Introduction (1:1)

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“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ...” With these words Peter begins his first letter to the followers of Jesus. In these few words, the author identifies who he is and his authority to write what he is going to say.

Who was Peter? Peter’s birth name was Simon. He was one of the very first disciples of Jesus and it was Jesus who changed his name.