Showing posts with label 1 Peter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1 Peter. Show all posts

Saturday, April 19, 2014

1 Peter 5

Peter exhorts his fellow elders - he himself is a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker of the glory to be revealed. Shepherds (i.e., spiritual leaders) who serve eagerly and honestly, are examples to their flock.
1 Peter 5:2-4 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
The youngsters must submit to their elders. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Peter then warns us about the devil, who is looking for an opportunity to devour us.
1 Peter 5:8-9 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
May you be perfected, established and strengthened after having suffered for a while.

Peter signs off his first letter by greeting one another with a kiss of love and proclaiming peace to all who are in Christ. 

1 Peter 4

A Christian should no longer live the rest of his time in the flesh of evil human desires; but for the will of God.
1 Peter 4:3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do- living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
They abuse us if we do not join them in their reckless wild living. Gentiles who lead a dissolute life must give an account to God, who is ready to judge the living and the dead. That is why the gospel is preached to them too.

The end of all things is at hand - therefore we are told to stay alert. Love will cover a multitude of sins. We should use our God-given gifts to serve others as faithful stewards of God.

We are told to rejoice if we partake of Christ’s sufferings. Suffering as a Christian is different from suffering as an evildoer - it is a blessing.
1 Peter 4:14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

1 Peter 3

In contrast to Paul's rules of a Christian household, Peter focuses on a situation involving a believing wife and an unbelieving husband. With the goal to improve their marital relationship, he suggests how the wife could lead an exemplary and respectful life, wherein she can play an evangelical role within their marriage.
1 Peter 3:1-6 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
Husbands are told to honor the weaker vessel.
1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
Peter wants all of us to inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Paul uses a quote from Psalm 34:12-16 to demonstrate the blessing that comes to those who turn away from evil and do good. It is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.

After resurrection, Jesus preached to those imprisoned spirits (in hell) - those who were disobedient during the days of Noah.

1 Peter 2

We are told to lay aside malice and other sins and desire the pure milk of the word like newborn babes, so that we may grow spiritually. When we enter into a relationship with Jesus, we will become 'living stones' being built into a 'spiritual house'. God's temple is now his people - built upon Jesus, the capstone (cornerstone).

Those who disobey the gospel stumble over Jesus, while those who receive him become special - a chosen generation, a holy nation, God’s special people.

Peter urges believers not to give in to sinful desires, but to live good lives. Abstain from fleshly lusts, so even those who speak against us as evildoers can be brought to glorify God in the day of visitation.

Submit to the government, love the brotherhood. Servants must submit to their masters, regardless of whether they are being kind or harsh.
1 Peter 2:16-17 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
Enduring grief is commendable if we do good - just as the example of Christ. By his wounds, we are healed. We were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the shepherd and overseer of our souls.

1 Peter 1

Apostle Peter sends greetings to believers who are scattered throughout Asia Minor. Peter praises God for providing salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. An incorruptible inheritance is preserved in heaven for us, who through faith are shielded by God's power.

Our faith is tested by trials, but the end of faith is the joyous salvation of our souls. The revelation of Christ and his sufferings were testified beforehand by the prophets.

As He who has called us is holy, let our conduct be holy.
1 Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
We have been redeemed not with gold and silver, but with the precious blood of Christ. He was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but made manifest in these last times. Love one another with a pure heart, having been born again.
1 Peter 1:22 Now 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.