Year of the Bible – 1 Peter 1:1 – 5:14

Year of the Bible - Season of Advent - 1 Peter 1



For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. – 1 Peter 1:23

1 Peter 1:1-5:14 (1:22-25)

Peter’s letter to the church, to new Christians scattered throughout the world, addresses them as “strangers in the world.” They had been regenerated, born anew, but they had to undergo suffering along with their newfound, glorious adoption into the family of God. Peter told them that God had a purpose in suffering: These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold . . . may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus is revealed. (1:7) Peter went on to explain that the sufferings of Christ had been predicted in the Bible. God’s way of destroying sin and evil is very different from man’s way. Only the Holy Spirit could reveal to us such a mystery. For some strange reason, sufferings are an instrument of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Peter urged them—and us—don’t conform your minds to the world, to its evil desires, but look to those things that God gives to protect and preserve while living in the world—look to the blood of the Lamb. If God’s Son suffered and was glorified, so also will all those who share in Christ be glorified. To that end, we Christians must separate ourselves from deceit and hypocrisy and crave God’s Word. We are to reflect upon our royal calling (2:9) and to distance ourselves from the ways of the evil world (Men will always think that our way of doing this is wrong and sinful – 2:11-12). Christians do not, because they are children of God, reject the authority of the world (governments, households, etc.). We must not seek methods and means of reprisal against evil. Justice will be done, for God will hear the prayers of the righteous and defend them (3:12). But God’s justice is sometimes quite slow because God patiently waits for men to repent—holding back punishment because He does not want to punish. And neither should we. So Christians should not be surprised when they experience “painful trials.” Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ . . .(4:12)

Questions – 1 Peter 1:1-5:14

  1. What does it mean to be a “stranger in the world?”
  2. If being a Christian, a child of God through faith, is so great, why do Christians experience tribulations?
  3. Why is there a relationship between Christians not taking justice into their own hands and Christians being obedient to governments?
  4. If God does not want to punish evil men, why does He punish?
  5. If God does punish evil men, why does He wait so long to do it?
  6. Why are we to be joyful when we experience painful trials on account of our faith?
Year of the Bible – Advent Week Three | Saturday | 1 Peter 1:1-5:14 – © John W. Fiene