THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PETER
THE HOPE OF SALVATION
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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PETER
HOPE OF SALVATION
welcome back to Daily Bread as we begin a new study of The First Epistle of
Peter. Recalling the character of Peter from the
Gospels and Luke's
account of Peter in The Acts of
the Apostles, we can expect that Peter, the rock upon which Jesus said
He would build His Church, will present some very valuable teachings for us.
Let's take a look. Keep in mind that like Paul, he talks kinda deep so ya
gotta ponder on it a bit and not get discouraged and the TRUTH will come on
like a light in darkness.
WHAT IS THE
HOPE OF SALVATION AND HOW DOES
HOPE OF SALVATION AFFECT YOU?
From Peter, an
Apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus,
Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foresight
of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and
sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you, and peace be
Who is Peter
addressing this letter to? The strangers, scattered throughout five
different nations. By this, you can conclude that he is speaking of the
Jewish believers, because of the word scattered, as God's people were
exiles who were once dispersed in different places. We're used to the
Gentiles being referred to as strangers in the Bible, but in this case, the
Jewish people are in other lands, making them the strangers. Now that Peter
has made his greeting and well wishes, he continues with praise.
Blessed be the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy
has begotten us again (we have been born again) to a lively hope by the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible
(which cannot die), and undefiled, and that doesn't fade away, reserved in
Heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through Faith unto
Salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Rejoice greatly in this,
even though for a while, if necessary, you are distressed through many
different temptations. Rejoice greatly that the trial of your faith, being
much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire,
will result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of
Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you don't
see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
receiving (holding, welcoming, believing, allowing, experiencing) the
outcome of your faith, which is the salvation of your souls.
HOPE OF SALVATION TRUTH OF THE
HOPE OF SALVATION BLESSINGS WHICH BRING FORTH THE
HOPE OF SALVATION
The prophets who
prophesied of the Grace that you would
receive, have inquired and searched diligently for this salvation, wondering
what, or when, the Spirit of Christ (which was in them) meant, when it
testified beforehand about the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that
would follow. Not to those whom it was revealed to (the prophets and people
who they spoke to), but to us, they ministered (spoke of) the things that
are now reported to you (fulfilled
prophecies) by those who have preached the Gospel to you with the
sent down from Heaven; which things the Angels desire (wish) to look into.
What does all this
mean, it sounds soooooooo complicated, but it is really quite simple. Let's
check it out. Well, it means that long ago the Spirit of Christ told the
past prophets of the Bible about the sufferings of Christ and the Grace that
would follow, way before Christ's time, but the prophets and the people they
taught, couldn't understand it, because it hadn't come to pass, and they
never saw such things happen. Don't forget that Peter's audience here is
made up of Jewish people who heard scripture all their lives, and he's
telling them, Look, scripture has been fulfilled, and those prophets were
talking to US! And now, people are preaching the Gospel with the Holy Ghost
and doing things that even the very Angels long to know!
HOPE OF SALVATION WARNING OF THE
HOPE OF SALVATION CONCERNS AND THE
HOPE OF SALVATION DANGERS
so prepare your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the Grace that is to
be brought to you when Jesus Christ returns. Be as obedient children, not
following your former desires in your ignorance: but as Jesus, who has
called you, is Holy, so should you be holy in all your manner of living;
because it is written, Be holy; for I am Holy.
And if you call on
the Father, who without partiality of persons, judges according to every
man's work, pass the time of your pilgrimage in fear (respect for God),
since as you know, you weren't redeemed with material things, like silver
and gold, from your empty manner of life (received by tradition from your
fathers), but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without
blemish and without spot: who truly was predestined before the foundation of
the world, but was revealed in these last times for you, who by Him do
believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that
your Faith and hope might be in God.
Since you have
purified your souls in obeying the TRUTH through the Spirit unto genuine love
of the brethren, see that you love one another
with a pure heart fervently, being born again, not of corruptible seed, but
of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives and remains for ever.
Because all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of
grass. The grass withers, and the flower of it falls away (dies), but the
Word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the Word which by the Gospel
is preached to you.
Change your way of life! Be like an obedient child. Don't act like you did
when you were ignorant ... Before you knew TRUTH. You're
reborn to God, not to man and his traditions. You're different now, be holy.
And your hope is in God, through Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit. Love
one another, sincerely, as the new child of God that you are now. These are
the messages that Peter begins his first letter with, and as you can see,
they apply to us today, just as they did back in the very first years of the
Can't wait to see
what Peter has to say next, can you? Then come on back again soon, and we'll
share it together in our next Daily Bread.
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