By: Daniel Goepfrich
God’s Eternal Protection
Chapter one begins with a celebration of our salvation in Christ. Peter called it a “new birth,” a “living hope,” and “an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” that “is reserved in heaven for [us]”(1 Peter 1:3-4). Additionally, those who are believers in Christ “are protected” for a deliverance that will come in the future (1 Peter 1:5). It was important that his readers knew of God’s eternal protection because Peter reminded them that it might be necessary to suffer in this life (1 Peter 1:6-9). This suffering, however, is only temporary and accomplishes a spiritual purification leading to the final salvation of our souls.
Similar to Paul’s insistence that the Church was a “mystery that has been kept hidden from ages and generations,” Peter noted that the ancient prophets could not understand everything they spoke about, no matter how hard they tried, and that even angels “long to catch a glimpse of” this salvation that was never offered to or provided for them (1 Peter 1:10-12).
Living Holy Lives
Because of God’s current focus on the Church, Peter insisted that his readers live out God’s grace as experienced through the indwelling Holy Spirit and become what God has designed us to be – holy like himself (1 Peter 1:13-16). Our special relationship with God as Father motivates it (1 Peter 1:17). Our redemption through Jesus’ blood demands it (1 Peter 1:18-21). What does this type of lifestyle look like?First, we should treat each other with God’s own love (1 Peter 1:22). Second, we should remove what is obviously evil from our lives (1 Peter 2:1). Third, we should feast on the Scriptures, which will cause us spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2-3).
Each Thursday, DPH runs a Chapter-by-Chapter blog by Daniel Goepfrich, progressing readers chapter-by-chapter through the New Testament. This series is taken from New Testament Chapter-by-Chapter, published by Trust House Publishers, a division of DPH. Daniel serves as Pastor of Oak Tree Community Church in South Bend, Indiana, and blogs at www.TheologyIsForEveryone.com
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