1 Peter 1 is a letter to multiple churches. The early church didn’t have a bible they could reference, so instead, they listened to the people who traveled and lived with Jesus. They also had the Holy Spirit to guide them, but having spiritual leadership helps immensely in your spiritual walk and gives you a great filter for what you’re heading from God.
There are always different narratives competing inside of our heads. Sometimes it’s ourselves, other times it’s God, and Sometimes it’s the devil or his minions.
That’s why understanding the Bible and having great spiritual leaders are so important. They’re a filter we can put our thoughts through, making sure we’re following the right course.
1 Peter 1 is where we get to hear the voice of Peter. He traveled with Jesus, watch him go to trial, and then denied him 3 times. However, the story of Peter doesn’t end there. When Jesus came back he canceled out the denials (John 21), and Peter became one of the Pillars of the Church.
It’s a good story because it gives hope to us all, we can all mess up, and Jesus is still there. Waiting to accept us back.
1 Peter 1: Greetings from Peter
1 This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. 2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
May God give you more and more grace and peace.1 Peter 1:1-2
1 Peter 1: Greetings Grace & The Blood Of Jesus
I love how Peter says we are chosen. There are many times you won’t feel it but you were. Jesus chose everybody when he came to die on the cross. In fact, the cross was the only way we could be saved.
Whatever we’ve done, it doesn’t matter when it’s brought into the light it disappears. The cross of Jesus made that come about.
This is why I have a problem when people say someone is hopeless. Nobody is beyond redemption and everybody can make a change. Until the last breath, you have the option. I used to say that about people, and I wish I could take it back. It wasn’t right to say.
God will never give up on you, so you shouldn’t give up on others. You never know when you are going to be the catalyst of change. Every person you see is fighting their demons, don’t add to their burden.
Instead, our job is the help people carry or let go of their burdens.
1 Peter 1: The Hope of Eternal Life
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.1 Peter 1:3-7
1 Peter 1: Be Truly Glad That You’re Being Tested:
Growing up I always hated when I heard a Pastor tell me to be glad for the tests I was in. Really? I was knee-deep in pain and that was all they could tell me?
When you’re being tested your emotions are going to go wild, and you’ll have trouble understanding simple things. But if you remember one thing, God is in control and he loves you. You’ll be alright.
I’ve gone through tests and trials my entire life, but I would encourage you to begin training your mind. Make sure you know and understand what I wrote above, and believe that Jesus is the way.
You have to start before the trials begin, it has to be inside your heart, and you have to believe it. A simpler way to view it is with car insurance. You don’t buy it when you’re about to hit another car. Instead, you always have it.
When you are being tested it means God is refining you, he’s making you into a better person. And when you’re a better person, who follows him, he’ll bestow more blessings and responsibility on you.
1 Peter 1: What The Prophets Wanted
8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward.
12 They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.1 Peter 1:8-12
1 Peter 1: Salvation Is Here: But We Need To Accept It
When Jesus came to earth, he came with a purpose. He had to die and rise again. His death and resurrection reconnected us with God, and we could once again enter his presence.
A lot of people during that time thought he’d come to destroy Rome and Restore the Kindom of Israel. That wasn’t the case. Instead, Jesus came as a lamb to be slaughtered. You can start reading my commentary here on my post about John 1.
Most of the time we get our own thoughts and beliefs mixed into what God tells us. The same thing happened to the prophets of old. God must’ve given them a glimpse of what was to come and they got excited about it. However, the glimpse wasn’t saying they’d experience it. Instead, it was showing them what was going to happen.
I do this in my own life and if you’re honest with yourself. You’d admit that you do too.
When you’re listening to the voice of God. We need to learn how to shut out the other voices. Only when you’ve quieted yourself and you start to listen will you hear his voice.
1 Peter: A Call to Holy Living
13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.
15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value.
19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.1 Peter 1:13-19
1 Peter 1: A Call To Holy Living:
1 Peter 1 is extremely powerful and telling. How often do we slip back into sinning without a second thought? A scary sentence for me is “the heavenly father will Judge or reward you according to what you do?” This means all of our actions will be judged and this means we need to be careful about what we do.
I’d even tie that into what we think, but1 Peter 1 doesn’t mention it, however, Jesus did.
Holy living in 1 Peter 1, is living as Christ created us to live. This means a total surrender to Jesus and letting the Holy Spirit convict us of sin. Remember you were created for a purpose, and God doesn’t waste his spirit. He breathed life into you, therefore you have his breath in your lungs.
I think of the movie Twins starring Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger (1988). The movie is about an odd pair of brothers who were genetically engineered. One (Arnold) is the one they made to be the perfect superman. He had great intelligence and strength. And then there was Danny. He was the leftover, didn’t have high intelligence, and almost no strength.
Stop Selling Yourself Short.
A lot of times we think that we are the leftovers, much like Devito’s character in the movie. It usually hits us after we sin and we’re feeling awful. However, that isn’t how God sees us, and it isn’t who he created us to be.
We aren’t leftovers we are the Arnold of our lives. God created us with the skills and abilities to accomplish great things in our lives. And nobody can do that as well as us.
In fact, most of us are living below our Spiritual Birthright, and it’s time for you to fly.
1 Peter 1: Placing Your Trust, Faith, And Hope In God
21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must shGreetings Grace & The Blood Of Jesusow sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.
23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 As the Scriptures say,
“People are like grass;
their beauty is like a flower in the field.
The grass withers and the flower fades.
25 But the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.1 Peter 1: 21-25
1 Peter 1 We Should Trust And Obey God While Loving Each Other
I’ll be honest writing this chapter wasn’t my favorite thing to do. I wasn’t in the mood for it, but God told me a while back that I needed to start in 1 Peter 1 after I finished the book of John.
I’m going to be real for a few minutes, but I’ve been convicted while I’ve been reading this chapter, and I see areas of my life that I need to address. Many of them are in my thought process and how I handle situations.
You’ve been created with many skills and abilities, and it’s time you go out and use them. The presence of God will go with you and you’ll see great things happen. However, you need to remember that repentance comes first. If your heart is unrepentant, God is going to have a hard time using you.
The Spirit might flow through you like a river now, but eventually, the river gets stopped up by rocks and trees. Unrepentance is a disease that takes over your heart, and it stops you from being Holy. And that’s going to slow you down.
My advice is to stop, repent, and let the spirit flow through you again. Be holy for God is holy, and see what you and God can do to advance the kingdom of heaven.
1 Peter 1 is the start of a deep dive, and I’m excited to see where God leads us.
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