Bible Studies

I Peter Chapter 1

1 Pet 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers (foreigners -residents in another country) scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

These are all regions of Asia and Asia minor (western shore of Asia).

1 Pet 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

God elected believers to salvation through "foreknowledge". We are elected because the Holy Spirit imparted holiness (gave us holiness) which results in obedience as the ultimate purpose or end through the sprinkling of the Blood of Christ.

The "end result" of all this is for obedience of those who sometimes were disobedient.

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

1 Pet 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

God has beget (created) us AGAIN. The "born again". The "recreated" for what? Unto (for) a lifetime-unending HOPE of what?

1 Pet 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

God recreated repentant believers for eternal salvation. It will not fade away. It is not "here today, gone tomorrow". We don't have it YET, but we have a "reservation" for it.

When we reserve a seat or a table at some place of business, we don't HAVE the seat or table until we actually GET there.

1 Pet 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Will we ever get this reserved salvation/inheritance? YES-we are kept in our saving faith through the power of God. In the last time, at the sound of the seventh trumpet in Revelation, this will be revealed to us. We will actually HAVE the salvation that was HOPED for.

1 Pet 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

Believers can rejoice even though for a while at times, if we need it, we are to suffer many temptations. The believer will go through the fire of "testing" by God. He will try our faith. He will examine and refine (purify) our faith.

1 Pet 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1 Pet 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

The believer has not seen Christ, but he loves Christ. He has not seen Him but he believes Him. Believing without seeing is called FAITH.

John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

1 Pet 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The rapture will be the END of our FAITH. Now we will SEE and HAVE the things NOT SEEN and HOPED FOR.

1 Pet 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

The Old Testament prophets did not fully understand the New Testament plan of salvation. They investigated and searched the scripture for a better understanding but it didn't come until the New Testament.

1 Pet 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

The Old Testament "indicated" the plan of salvation but it didn't clarify it and provide a timetable for it.

1 Pet 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

The Old Testament prophets ministered unto the New Testament believers the things the Gospel ministers preach today, as inspired by the Holy Spirit of God in heaven. The angels are curious about the gospel of Christ.

Why is man, who was made a little lower than the angels, getting an offer of salvation and the fallen angels are not?

Heb 2:6-7 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

Why is there no record of God being mindful of the angels? The Son of God that visited man was also made a little lower than the angels whom He created.

Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

1 Pet 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

We are to freshen the threshold, or doorway of our minds.

1 Pet 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

We are not to "fashion", that is, "conform" to our old ways. We are not to "approve of" our old lifestyle.

1 Pet 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

We are to be holy, which is "morally blameless-pure", in all manner of our "behavior".

1 Pet 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

1 Pet 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

Since God will judge each believer without respect of person, race, or color, or nationality, we are to live our sojourning (visit-believers are not of this world) here on this earth in fear because we are saved with difficulty.

1 Pet 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely (barely) be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

1 Pet 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

Corruptible things did not redeem the believer. Even gold and silver is not forever. And the foolish way of life inherited from unsaved parents is vain (profitless)

1 Pet 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Verse 19 is what has saved the believer.

1 Pet 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Christ was predetermined/planned before the world was created and was shown in these last times. God's plan of salvation was no last minute decision. He foreknew that man would sin and he foreordained a Savior.

1 Pet 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Jesus was doing God's bidding. It will eventually be that GOD gets the glory. All that Christ done was for "God's glory".

1 Cor 15:24-28 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God is doing a job "for His Father". Christ is getting the glory until the job is finished. Christ will rule until the job is finished, and then when everything is perfected Christ will subject Himself to God so God will get ALL the Glory.

1 Pet 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

The believer has cleaned his soul by obeying the Truth, God's Truth, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God toward the genuine love of other believers and he is to see to it that he continues in this love with all his might.

1 Pet 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

The believer has been made a "new man" by something everlasting. The Eternal Word of God.

1 Pet 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

The body is perishable. The body will suffer corruption, before it is changed.

1 Pet 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The Word of God that saved us is everlasting and so is the believer of the Word. The believer receives the Eternal Living Word by the gospel of Christ.