In 1 Peter 1:1 Peter first starts by identifying himself as the author, and also an apostle of Jesus. This public identification of an Apostle of Jesus is important because in Peter's day and age, identifying yourself with Jesus could get you killed. In Peter's case, he was crucified. Today in America that is not the case, so we as Christ-followers should be more open with our faith and identifying ourselves with Christ whether it be at school or in another setting. Picking up in verses 2-5, he continues by rejoicing and showing his gratitude for Jesus sacrificing his life. This sense of gratitude isn’t always expressed as often as it should in my opinion, and we as Christ-followers should take the study of 1 Peter 1:1-5 and treat it as a reminder make it a habit to show our gratitude towards Jesus through prayer, worship, and time in the Word more often as his sacrifice and gift of salvation is the only way to Heaven.
These few verses are such a good reminder of the importance of trials we face. Everyone will face them in their life because we have all sinned. And although we tend to look at them as hardships, there is always a blessing to come with it, even if we don’t see it. Our faith in Jesus is the most important thing that we have on earth, and trials are his way of testing it to make it stronger. Another way to look at it is that it is his way of bringing our eyes back on him. In the midst of a trial, just remember that even believing in him with hope and joy will strengthen your faith.
Have you ever wondered about the details of Jesus’ second coming? Revelation gives a lot of information about this, but we often are still confused because it doesn’t answer everything. In these verses, it talks about the prophets who prophesied about Jesus’ first coming. Except for they didn’t know when, how, or who exactly it would be. They had similar questions that now we have, but thousands of years ago. These prophets were able to predict many things of the coming Christ which helped future generations and help unify both the old and new testaments. Some of what they predicted was the sufferings and glories of Jesus which has helped spread the gospel. We are privileged to live in a time period after Jesus’ death and resurrection so that we can fully understand His power and glory, and have assurance of salvation.
God has called us to be his children and as his children we should put off everything that is evil or sinful. God loves us so much that he put a high price on our lives by having his only son sacrifice his life for us that we might live with Them forever in heaven. We have been called by God and chose to live like him and follow Him. He has filled us with his love. Having God’s love in us should motivate us to tell others about God as well so that others may have the assurances of eternal life too.
How often do we remember what God has done for us? As crazy as it can seem at times, we often forget how much God has done for us. He sent his one and only son to die for us, so we as sinners would be forgiven by the only perfect God. This devotion isn’t about Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, but rather how we can apply it. God does not call us to rest on this information, but rather to love one another as he loves us. In 1 Peter, God calls us to love one another earnestly from pure hearts. While it can be hard at times (now more than ever) we shouldn’t forget this principle, as if it weren’t for the love we were shown first, we wouldn’t be able to show it to others. As we go about our lives during these interesting times, let’s not forget the love we were originally shown first, so that we may show our faith to others through our kindness and love.
Has God given you new life? If so, CONGRATS, you are now leading a wonderful life for Jesus. Like it states in verse 1 you should rid yourself of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. You as a believer in Jesus have a new life and all of that will hold you back from growing in Jesus. All of that belongs in the past. We grow as God grows us through his word. So look forward in you faith. Like newborn babies who crave milk we as Christians should crave a spiritual appetite for the Bible. If you don’t have the spiritual craving with ask God for one or to increase it? If you do have that craving do you see a difference in your thoughts and speech since being in the word?
In this passage, there are two key things that are simple to understand, yet hard to put into practice given our human nature. First, Jesus is THE cornerstone. He is the only one who holds all things together and if we don’t have Him as the foundation of all that we do, we shouldn’t be surprised when it crumbles. Just as the whole Bible ultimately points to Christ, we should recognize Him in our lives and base all that we are and do on Him and who He is. The other thing is that we are not the cornerstone, but we are living stones involved in the building of the kingdom. We have to remember, God’s kingdom and His gospel is not about us. According to this passage, we are being built up to offer up spiritual sacrifices through our lives and obedience, like Paul talks about in Romans 12. It’s so important that we remember that we are to submit ourselves to be used to build God's kingdom, not build our own kingdoms. We have to be careful not to miss the preciousness and the value that we find in Christ Jesus, for “He who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” How could we not share that gift with others?
These verses that Peter writes are a reminder of how good God is. We are each individually chosen by him and he has a specific plan for each of us. Peter emphasizes the change that took place in us when we were saved and helps us realize how valuable it is. I think sometimes, we forget about the important job that God gives to us. We’re his possession and we should look different than the rest of the world and we should be sharing what we know! God puts us in certain situations, whether it be our school, our sports, or our families so that we can share his word. We have the privilege to be called into light, and it’s our job to share that light with others.
These verses are a pretty huge deal with the current state of the church. Many people claim to be believers while also living in the world and I think there should be a distinct difference between the way we act and nonbelievers act. The church needs to understand how to set a good example in a loving way that doesn’t come across as “better than others” because the best way to encourage someone to be saved is to love them to Christ and not force beliefs on them. For the good of the church and your internal joy, make sure to live out your faith in the world.
Submission is a hard principle to follow, especially when it is uncomfortable and maybe causes us pain. Throughout the Bible, we are commanded to submit to your husbands/wife’s, obey and honor your parents, submit to the Lord and honor Him. This passage that Peter writes to us takes another approach: “Submit to authority”. Whether it is the highest in government, to the lowest in governmental authority. Peter is not telling Christians to submit to authorities because those leaders are necessarily good, but to show that Christ is good. We may face a day where we will have to answer to evil authority’s over us about our faith. Accepting the government's punishment for obeying God is a form of appropriate submission to human authority but over all submission to God himself.
In this passage, God commands us to submit to your master not only in favorable conditions but unfavorable ones too. No one person is higher than another and we should treat everybody the same. Peter speaks suffering as a result of godliness, not sin. God laid his life down for you, suffering, and we should follow his example, meaning, when people throw insults or are some form of mean, you don’t stoop to their level and retaliate, you set an example of God just like he did on the cross for us because God's judgment is the only judgment that matters and will have an impact on the future.
Jon: Whenever I come to a passage about marriage I’m reminded of what Paul writes in Ephesians 5:25 where he commands husbands to love their wives as Christ loves us. That’s quite a challenge considering Christ always loves us with radical, unconditional love and selfless service. I love Peter's command for husbands to honor their wives and the reminder that’s wives are a true and wonderful gift. God takes so seriously how husbands treat their wives that this passage even reminds us that our prayers can be hindered if we don’t treat our wives the way we should. Sometimes passages on marriage are misunderstood and taken out of context and men try to use them as an excuse to be controlling. This is wrong, unGodly, and lazy theology. Whenever I read these passages I’m challenged, not to be controlling and domineering, but to be loving, selfless, and honoring to my beautiful wife by leading in her in the ways of Jesus.
Allisha: This passage is a great reminder for ladies that our ultimate hope is not in finding a husband or our outward appearance but, rather, is found in Christ. He is where our true worth and value are found. We are also reminded that humility, gentleness, and respect are great qualities found in a Christ-follower and ones that Peter encourages us to live out. Peter also writes that submission is not a bad or negative aspect as it reflects Christ and how Christ lived in relationship to the Father and it doesn’t negate my voice, value, gifts, and innovation, and what I bring to the table in our marriage. By living a life that reflects Christ, others could be drawn to Him.
Verses 8 & 9 are so inspiring to display God-like characteristics. By His handiwork of producing fruit in us, we are able to show HIM to others. Instead of retaliating in anger or hurt, show grace (getting what you don’t deserve), as well as mercy (not getting what you deserve) towards them so that they may see the light, which is Christ, within you. In verses 10-11 we see those who wish to have abundant life in God, a change must be evident. They must turn from the desires of the flesh and the world, and pursue something greater, a spiritually fulfilling relationship with Christ. Finally, in verse 12, although it may seem sometimes that we who are pursuing Him aren’t experiencing life as great as our disobedient, flesh pursuing peers, God knows who is righteous and his eyes and ears are focused on his followers.
In this passage, Peter commands us to do two things. First, he commands us to honor Christ the Lord as holy. We should revere God in our hearts. To revere means to set apart, so if we revere God, He becomes our #1 priority and it allows us to go all-in with our faith. The second commandment he gives us is to always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in us. If we revere God in our hearts and surrender to him, we will be filled with a hope that can only come from Jesus. When people ask about the hope within us, we should answer with gentleness and respect. We can prepare ourselves to make a defense by spending time in the Word of God and spending time in prayer and worship. We should grow in our relationship with God because He is the reason for our hope and faith.
Sometimes we need to take a step back and really look at what Jesus did for us. In 1 Peter 3:18, Peter mentions how Jesus took the punishment we deserved, even though He was sinless and we are sinners. Having this reminder makes us think, "what can I ever to re-pay Him?" We will never be able to completely re-pay Christ for His ultimate sacrifice. But the only thing He expects us to do as His disciples is to spread the gospel and honor Him through everything we do according to His word. 1 Peter 3:19-22 talks about how God loves all of His people whether they know Him or not, but our job as Christ-followers isn't to make the non-believers Christian, our job is to plant the seeds and let God grow them. In 1 Peter 3:21, Peter mentions baptism, and we are not saved by baptism, but we are commanded to do so just as Christ did. We are called to a lot of things just as Christ did, by sharing His word, loving and forgiving others, and serving Him.
I feel like this verse it trying to explain how we need to live our lives to show all the pain and suffering that God went through to free us from our sins. We should be longing after eternal things, not our current worldly desires. It also explains that no matter your past you can still show the light of God through your testimony of change. In all our ways we need to share the light of the Lord.
In a crazy time like this, we need to lean on God to be our strength because we are not strong enough to do it on our own. If this is the “end of the world”, reflect on how you have used your time on earth. Have you used it to glorify God? To make an impact on others in the name of the Lord? Have you loved others so they see the love of God through you? God’s love is far greater than we are capable of loving. The least we can do is to follow His example and attempt to love as he did. We aren’t perfect but we can try to reflect the love of God which is perfect. When we do these things it isn’t to make ourselves feel better. It doesn’t have anything to do with us, whatever we do should be done for the glory of God. Every word and every action should be done with humility, patience, joy, love, and grace. For through God’s strength we are stronger.
As Christians, we did not sign up for easy lives where God would hand us all of our desires. Instead we are called to expect our lives to be filled with trials and struggles. It is easy for people to see negative events in life as God abandoning them or leaving them forsaken. But here in the scripture we are called to rejoice in these sufferings. These trials, though they can be devastatingly challenging, are a way in which God shows us his love most profoundly. Trials and sufferings are what refine the Christian to be more like Christ which ultimately glorifies God. This act of love is one that is painful, but it’s the kind of love that transforms the Christian in a way that can show God changing and morphing the hearts of his people. When the handiwork of God is in the fire, everybody can see its glory.
These verses are really important because it talks about how to face persecution as a Christian and the reasons for it. In life everyone suffers challenges some harder than others but as a Christian we are supposed to turn to God for help. Verse 16 says "Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name." In a culture where many Christians are persecuted or judged heavily that’s when we should show our love for Christ the most and display him through our actions to make more followers. What we have to understand is that sometimes it is God's will to have us suffer. God uses our hopeless selves to find our identity in him because he knows we can’t get through these hard times alone
In verse 1 we see Peter establishing the credibility of leaders and explaining why they deserve/have been placed as leaders. Verse 2 is talking directly to the leaders, saying how they must not lead by compulsion, because compulsion doesn’t last, rather they should lead willingly, as it is a duty and as is glorifying to God. Verse 3 is very important, in that, again, speaking to the leaders, it’s not a position of dominance, nor is it a competition to see who is the strongest and loudest, rather it’s supposed to be a position of “example”, and it is meant to help develop, not boast. Verse 4 talks about the the coming of Christ as “Chief Shepherd”, and that if you lead correctly, you will receive the crown of glory, that “Neither rust nor moths destroy, and thieves cannot steal” (Matt. 6:19). Verse 5 talks directly to those who are being led. I believe this to be the most important, because it is the hardest thing to do. I know in my life, I have been put in many leadership positions, but I have also had to be a follower to those who were YOUNGER than I was, and that was very difficult. Peter is saying to have HUMILITY. Not that what I say matters or has overall authority, but just in my own experience, humility is the hardest thing to have when being taught, but being completely humble and having a “servant mindset” will bring you to be TWICE AS SMART — not only do you know what you already knew, but now you know what the person teaching you knows.
The devil is all around us right now, taking many forms of negativity. Most of us just miss being with our friends and family. Others may actually have the virus or know someone who does. Some may have even lost someone during this time. There are lots of ways that Satan is trying to separate us from God and make us give up on our faith.
1 Peter was written at a time when Christians were being tortured and killed by Emperor Nero, which made it a little hard to gather. They were isolated, similar to our current times. We are all isolated and uncertain as to when we can gather again.
Peter encourages them and us to stand firm in the faith. Do not cave in to the devil's schemes. Remember that, whether you can see it or not, we're all in this together. All of us are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
If we all keep our eyes fixed on God, He will help us come out of this just as strong as when we went in, if not stronger.
God promises to both restore our souls and make us strong and steadfast. These are powerful promises because we can’t do those things on our own. Our souls crave something deeper, something more fulfilling. This desire is only satisfied by a relationship with Christ and a lifestyle for Christ. This lifestyle is pretty difficult sometimes, but God will give us strength when we are hurting. God is powerful enough to bring fulfillment to our hearts and to give us the strength to keep running the race. Christ’s sacrifice allows us to live a life of purpose, and Christ’s love helps us endure through the difficulties.