Today is actually my 2nd day of the study. The first lesson was on the greeting in verses 1 and 2. The letter is addressed to strangers or pilgrims in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. Another term Peter called the readers was Elect. To me, his greeting is a refreshing reminder that as God’s child, I can have peace and grace in every situation.
Peace – God gives us this at just the right time. It’s also rest.
Grace – God gives us favor, no matter what the situation or occasion is. Peter prays God’s grace would be multiplied. As a believer, I need to pray for God’s grace – the key is to pray. Be in contact with God, daily.
1 Peter 1:3-9 (King James Version)
3Blessed 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,
4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7That 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:
8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Verse 4: These strangers were promised an inheritance in heaven and here is how it’s described: 1. incorruptible 2. undefiled 3. doesn’t fade away 4. reserved for believers
Verse 5: God was keeping the believers by His power, to be revealed in the last time.
Verse 7: Peter describes the believers faith as more precious than gold.
Verse 8: This is quoted directly out of the book “I have not seen Him, yet I love Him.” “I do not see Him now, yet I believe Him.” “Therefore, I believe with joy and glory.”
What I learned about God in these verses: God knows the trials and tests we go through and He is always with us. We can go through these times with joy because He is with us.