Category Archives: 1 Peter

Humble Yourselves in the Sight of the Lord

1 Peter 5. 1 Peter reminds us that we are temporary residents here with duties to perform in the name of Jesus Christ and to the glory of God – and that we must do so in the face of resistance and persecution. Peter was preparing 1st century saints, as us, for suffering by holding out the promises of God to those who endure by faith.

I. DUTIES FOR OVERSEERS (1 Pet 5:1–5a)

A. Sharing of oversight (1 Pet 5:1)
B. Attitudes of oversight (1 Pet 5:2-3)
C. Reward of oversight (1 Pet 5:4)
D. Advantage of humility (1 Pet 5:5)

[All Christians should face their suffering with humility.]

II. REWARDS FOR HUMILITY (1 Pet 5:6–7)

A. Our eventual exaltation (1 Pet 5:6)
B. God’s immediate care (1 Pet 5:7)

[Humility is not passive, nor is it indifferent to suffering.]

III. ORDERS FOR SERVICE (1 Pet 5:8–11)

A. Keep a clear head (1 Pet 5:8)
B. Keep a ready shield (1 Pet 5:9)
C. Keep a true view (1 Pet 5:10-11)

“I know at first hand that the grace of God is more than enough for every demand of the Christian life: that grace is true, ‘the genuine article.’”
So, stand fast in it! (cf. 1 Pet 5:12-14)

Christians are exiles in this world (5:13; 1:1; 2:11); their true home is in heaven.
Greet each other as members of the family of God (5:14)
God’s peace is for all who are in Christ (5:14)

Armed with Purpose

1 Peter 4. Peter begins to show us what it looks like – to triumph over sin, to overcome sin, as Jesus did. But to do so, we must be armed with the same purpose He had.

I. LIVING WHOLLY FOR GOD (1 Pet 4:1-6)

A. Wholly in purpose (1 Pet 4:1-2; cf. 2:18, 24; Rom 6:11-13)

B. Wholly in time (1 Pet 4:3)

C. Wholly in commitment (1 Pet 4:4-6; cf. 2:12)

II. LIVING HEARTLY FOR GOD (1 Pet 4:7–11)

A. Throw yourself into prayer (1 Pet 4:7)

B. Throw yourself into love (1 Pet 4:8; cf. Prov 10:12)

C. Throw yourself into service (1 Pet 4:9-11)

III. SUFFERING CHEERFULLY FOR GOD (1 Pet 4:12–19)

A. In the Name of Christ (1 Pet 4:12-14; cf. Rev 3:10; 1 Pet 3:14-15; Luke 4:18)

B. To the Glory of God (1 Pet 4:15-16)

C. To a Faithful Creator (1 Pet 4:17-19; cf. 1:7; 2 Thess 1:7-9)

Jesus entrusted His life to the Father with confidence in the outcome (Luke 23:46). We can have that same confidence in God if we will “put our lives on deposit” with Him.

He is the faithful Creator: we can depend on Him to care and provide for us

Living the Good Life

1 Peter 3:8-22. Peter explained that “living the good life” is about “living the right life.”

I.  LIVING THE GOOD LIFE

A. The right attitudes (1 Pet 3:8-9; 1:35; Matt 6:14-15)
B. The right hope (1 Pet 3:10-12; Psa 34:1-22; 2 Tim 4:6-8)
C. The right perspective (1 Pet 3:13-14)
D. The right response (1 Pet 3:15-16)
E. The right purpose (1 Pet 3:17-18)

II.  (1 Peter 3:19)

A. Christ’s victory over death (1 Pet 3:18; Col 2:9-15; Eph 1:21-22)
B. “Spirits now in prison” (Who? (?) All have bowed or will bow to Jesus; Phil 2:9-11)

III.  (1 Peter 3:20-22)

A. Immutable God:
1. Waiting for our repentance (2 Pet 3:9)
2. Condemning the disobedient (2 Pet 3:3-7; Matt 24:37-39)
3. Sparing the obedient (1 Pet 3:21-22)

B. Flood and baptism:
1. Washes away evil (Acts 22:16; Rom 6:3-4)
2. Saves the obedient (1 Pet 3:21)
3. Marks a new beginning (2 Cor 5:17)

To live the good life,we must have a proper attitude, and we must sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts, and we must accept the salvation that God is offering to all.

Living as Sojourners

1 Peter 2:1-25. Sojourners or aliens (exiles) in a foreign country need to know how to conduct themselves in their surroundings. For the Christian, it’s not the customs of the world that are important, but rather how we should relate to them as the people of God. That’s the issue Peter addresses in this letter.

I.   LIVING as NEWBORN BABES

A. Growing or Dying (1 Pet 1:22 – 1 Pet 2:1-3)
1. Different longings (Matt 4:4)
2. Different tastes (Heb 6:4-6)

II.   LIVING as LIVING STONES

A. Coming to Christ (1 Pet 2:4-6)
1. Precious One (1 Pet 1:7, 18-19; 2:4; 3:4, 7)
2. Eternal One (Matt 16:16)
3. House of God (Acts 15:14-18)

B. Precious Christ (1 Pet 2:7-8)
1. Value to believers (new birth, living hope, eternal inheritance, salvation, redemption)
2. Doom to disbelievers (Psa 118:22; Isa 8:15-22)

III.   LIVING as THE PEOPLE OF GOD

A. Proclaim His Excellencies (1 Pet 2:9-10)
1. Preaching, teaching, singing, praying
2. Excellent behavior (1 Pet 2:11-12)
3. Submitting to authorities (1 Pet 2:13-17)
4. Submitting to superiors (1 Pet 2:18-20)
5. Submitting in marriage (1 Pet 3:1-7)
6. Submitting to the Pattern (1 Pet 2:21-25)

When you obey the gospel of Christ, you begin proclaiming the excellencies of God.
Jesus was a pattern for us. He was willing to die to keep that pattern intact.

Minds Prepared for Action

1 Peter 1:1-25. The apostle Peter was writing to a people that could understand the cost of standing for truth much better we can (1 Peter 1:6; 3:14; 4:12; 5:9). 1 Peter is very relevant to us.

I.   ADDRESSEES

A. Chosen Sojourners (1 Pet 1:12)
B. Dispersed Sojourners (1 Pet 1:2)

1. All Christians (1 Pet 2:9-10)
2. Watchful Christians (Rev 22:20; Matt 24:42; Phil 3:20)

II.   CHOSEN SOJOURNERS: How? Why?

A. God and The Spirit (1 Pet 1:2)
B. Born again to a Living Hope (1 Pet 1:2)
C. Obedience, Sprinkling, Grace (1 Pet 1:2, 18-19; cf. Exo 24:7-8)

1. For hope, inheritance, heaven (1 Pet 1:3-4)
2. For protection by faith (1 Pet 1:5)
3. For rejoicing in trials (1 Pet 1:6-9)
4. For understanding and salvation (1 Pet 1:10-12; cf. Dan 8:27)

III.   OBJECTIVE

A. Minds prepared to act (1 Pet 1:13)

1. Sober in spirit (1 Pet 1:13)
2. Fixed in hope (1 Pet 1:13; cf. Heb 12:2)
3. Obedient like children (1 Pet 1:14; cf. 1:2, 22)
4. Holy like God (1 Pet 1:15-16; cf. Heb 12:14)
5. Reverent to God (1 Pet 1:17)
6. Futile earthly inheritances (1 Pet 1:18-19)
7. Knowing eternal redemption (1 Pet 1:19-21)
8. Purify your soul (1 Pet 1:22)
9. Sincerity of love (1 Pet 1:22)

– Proof of new birth (1 Pet 1:23)
– Futility of no love (1 Cor 13:1-3)
– Example of Jesus (John 13:34-35)
– Time is short (1 Pet 1:24-25)