DATE: 63-64 AD
This letter, written by Peter, is addressed to “the strangers [pilgrim] scattered [dispersed] throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1:1). Their situation was one of suffering and trial (1 Pet 4:12) as they tried to live faithfully in a pagan and hostile society. Peter wrote to encourage them to rejoice and live with hope in the Lord to overcome their troubles.
Peter tells that he wrote from “Babylon” (1 Peter 5:13), a symbolic name for Rome that was often used by writers who wished to avoid trouble with the Roman authorities. Peter was in Rome during the last decade of his life and wrote this epistle prior to Nero’s persecution in 64 AD. Peter was martyred about 67 AD.
The message of Peter’s letter was revealed by him to be “the true grace of God” in the life of a believer (1 Peter 5:12).
OUTLINE OF 1 PETER
I. Salutation, 1:1-2
II. Grace Means Security, 1:3-12
A. Doxology, 1:3-9
B. The Prophets and the Gospel, 1:10-12
III. Grace Means Sobriety, 1:13-2:10
A. In Holiness, 1:13-16
B. In Fear, 1:17-21
C. In Love, 1:22-25
D. In Growth, 2:1-10
IV. Grace Means Submission, 2:11-3:12
A. To Governments, 2:11-17
B. To Masters, 2:18-25
C. To Husbands, 3:1-7
D. Recapitulation, 3:8-12
V. Grace Means Suffering, 3:13-4:19
A. Reasons for Suffering, 3:13-4:6
B. Reactions in Suffering, 4:7-19
VI. Grace Means Service, 5:1-11
VII. Concluding Remarks, 5:12-14
Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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