NOTE TO ALL: In 2012, BSF did this passage for Lesson 28, Day 2. Interesting that they have moved it up.
Summary 1 Peter 1:1-12:
Peter, Jesus’ disciple, writes to God’s elect, strangers in the world who are scattered throughout the known Western world. In God’s great mercy, He has given us (Christians) new birth into a living hope through Jesus’ resurrection and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade through faith. We greatly rejoice in our future resurrection even if now we are suffering trials. These trials test our faith so it may be proved genuine and will honor God. Even though we do not see God, we believe in Him and rejoice in our salvation.
The Old Testament prophets searched intently to discover when Christ would come and they knew they were speaking to the future generations to come. Even the angels were eager for God’s plan to be carried out.
BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 2: 1 Peter 1:1-12
3) New birth into a living hope and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade (eternal life in heaven). God sends us trials so that our faith may be proved genuine and bring God praise, glory, and honor. We rejoice in our salvation, which is the goal of our faith, and brings us inexpressible and glorious joy.
4) Personal Question. My answer: It’s a living hope through Christ’s resurrection that our inheritance will never perish.
5) Personal Question. My answer: Peter says suffering is for a little while, which is true. Most of our “sufferings” are only for a blip in our lives, but we make it into so much more instead of giving it to God. I love how trials proves our faith genuine that we are strong enough through God to survive and endure them.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 2: 1 Peter 1:1-12
Our faith isn’t tested because God doesn’t know the depth of it (of course He does–He knows everything). Our faith is tested because we don’t know the depth of it and God wants to show us just how much we believe in Him. For if your life is smooth, how will you know if you have faith? By mere words? God says that’s not enough. He tests us to prove our faith and to strengthen it, to purify it like gold is to fire, and to glorify Him. For as we know, it’s all about Him!
If any of you know why BSF has moved this up in the study, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!
I LOVE these videos. Check this one out if you get a chance that summarizes 1 Peter in under 8 minutes:
End Notes BSF Study Questions Acts Lesson 9, Day 2: 1 Peter 1:1-12
Peter in the Bible
Peter was an important and influential man in the early church. Considering the author, the first Christians would receive this letter with a sense of importance.
Fun Fact: Peter’s name is mentioned in the gospels more than anyone except the name of Jesus. No one speaks in the gospels as often as Peter did, and Jesus spoke more to Peter than to any other individual.
- Jesus rebuked Peter more than any other disciple.
- Peter was the only disciple who dared to rebuke Jesus.
- Peter confessed Jesus more boldly and accurately than any other disciple.
- Peter denied Jesus more forcefully and publicly than any other disciple.
- Jesus praised Peter more than any other disciple.
Peter and Jesus in the Bible
- Peter stepped out of the boat during a raging storm and walked on the water with Jesus (Matthew 14:24-33).
- Peter saw Jesus transfigured in glory, together with Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:1-9).
- Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive a brother that sins against us, quoting the high number of “seven times” (Matthew 18:21-35).
- Peter ran with John the disciple to the tomb on the morning of the resurrection, after hearing the report of the women that the body of Jesus was not in its tomb (John 20:1-10).
- Peter received a personal visit from the resurrected Jesus on the day of the resurrection (Luke 24:34).
Peter introduced himself as an apostle. “The supreme importance of the apostles is suggested by the fact that the phrase of Jesus Christ is attached to no other New Testament office: we do not read of teachers of Jesus Christ or prophets of Jesus Christ or evangelists of Jesus Christ, only of apostles of Jesus Christ.” (Grudem)
Original wording is pilgrims instead of elect. This has the connotation of a temporary resident in the land. Peter clearly wrote to Gentiles and Christians (see 1 Peter 1:18, 2:10, and 4:3). Yet he called them pilgrims of the Dispersion, or Diaspora, a name that was applied to the Jews. He called them this because he saw the Christians of his day as sprinkled throughout the world as the Jewish people were in the Diaspora after the fall of Jerusalem when the Babylonians conquered Judah.
Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia were specific places where Christianity had extended in the first several decades after the beginning of the church. It was probably the route that the original courier of Peter’s letter followed in distributing the letter. This was not written to any one congregation, but written to all Christians.
Peter first described his intended readers as elect, which means they are chosen, chosen by God in a particular and unique sense according to His foreknowledge. The chosen are sanctified and obedient and cleansed by Jesus’s blood.
There were three circumstances in the Old Testament where blood was sprinkled on people.
The sprinkling of the blood of Jesus on us accomplishes the same things. First, a covenant is formed, then we are ordained as priests to Him, and finally we are cleansed from our corruption and sin.
- Praises God for Salvation
- We are a new creation
- We have eternal life that can never fade, spoil, or perish
- We have God Himself, like the inheritance of Aaron (Numbers 18:20) and the inheritance of the Psalmist (Psalm 16:5-6)
- We are kept by God’s power through faith
A Christian’s Trials
- God has a purpose not only for the trial but also for the heavy grief we feel in the trial.
- We suffer to test our faith
- The end of our faith is when Jesus returns
Fun Fact: The word translated “joy inexpressible” “occurs only here in the New Testament, and describes a joy so profound as to be beyond the power of words to express.” (Grudem)
It was important to constantly remind people that their teaching was the same as the Old Testament’s prophets’ teachings.
Part of God’s eternal purpose is to show His wisdom to the angelic beings through His work with the church (Ephesians 3:10-11). God wants the angels to look in on what He does in the church, and the idea is that the angels are bending over with intense interest and desire to learn.