1 Peter 1:1-12 – October 1-2
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 Peter 1:1-12
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
Believing Without Seeing | Rebecca Hoyt
1 Peter 1:8
Peter wrote this book to Believers scattered throughout Asia Minor (modern Turkey). My Bible shows a time line on Peter. AD 29 -Jesus’ appointment of Peter as one of His 12 apostles, AD 33 -Peter’s denial of Jesus at his trial in the courtyard of Annas, AD 33-appearance of Jesus to Peter, following the crucifixion and resurrection; Jesus’ restoration of Peter, AD 33-Response of 3,000 people to Peter’s sermon at the Day of Pentecost, AD 37- Paul’s meeting with Peter and James on his first visit to Jerusalem following his conversion, AD 49-Jerusalem Council (Acts 15; Gal. 2.1); Paul’s confrontation of Peter for refusing to eat with Gentile believers, AD 66-martyrdom of Peter in Rome during Nero’s persecution of Christians.
In verse 8, “Though now you do not see Him, yet believing”- my youngest child has alot of fears right now: floods, fire, tornadoes, monsters. She wants to talk about it at bed time, and we pray about it each night, and I try to convince her monsters are not real. But then she says if God’s real and we can’t see Him, then why can’t monsters be real just because we can’t see them? I tell her God is bigger than anything we can think of. She says sometimes she doesn’t believe God’s there with her; I told her I will believe enough for the both of us until she does.
Dear Lord, thank You for a beautiful day with cooler temperatures. Thank You for faith and trust and knowing You are there even when we can’t see You, thank You for never leaving us. I love You.
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