Epistles of Peter
1 Peter 1
Verse 1 – Peter was the disciple/apostle sent to the Jews to tell them that Yeshua Jesus really is their promised Messiah. He begins writing this letter to “pilgrims” (New King James version). Remember that in 70AD, Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Jews either were killed or scattered into other nations. These people to whom Peter writes, were Christians who had been Jews and now were living in a new unknown land. It made me think of Thanksgiving and the Christian pilgrims who came to America for a new life. Then, I had the thought that when we are “born again” in Jesus, we begin a new life! We may have been “religious” Christians, but when we are truly united with Yeshua Jesus in a real relationship, we become citizens of His new kingdom! In these verses, religious Jews had become followers of Jesus and citizens in a new kingdom, a new land….physically and spriitually. Now, like these Jews, we need to learn to know how we are supposed to live in this new place! And continue to give thanks for His blessings! Happy Thanksgiving!
Verse 2 – Peter, the apostle to the scattered Jews who are now Christians (believers who know Yeshua Jesus is their promised Messiah), reminds them that they are the elect according to the foreknowledge of God. Did you ever stop to realize that the omniscient Father, Son, and Holy Spirit knew what it would take in the future for them to finally end up with a family of people of their own, a family in love? Yet, they determined it would be worth it all! And beginning with Abraham, God elected the Jews to bring Yeshua Jesus into the world as Savior. And not only to be saved in Jesus, but to be sanctified (set apart to be purified and holy) by the Holy Spirit! And all by being obedient to receiving the sacrificial blood of Jesus! This was very costly for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! It is costly to us in that we must also give our lives to Him! We certainly do have grace and peace with God multiplied towards us!
Verses 1-2 In case you are wondering, this message of 1 Peter is not only for Christian Jews. Peter wrote it to Christian Jews so that gives the message a unique perspective, but it is also for all God’s people. There is now no more division between Jew and Gentile. The dividing factor is now either those in Christ or those outside of Christ. Those in Christ are now God’s elect, those He desired before the foundation of the world. If you would like cross references, read Romans and Ephesians 1. Hallelujah!
Ephesians 1: 3-5 Amplified version, “May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm! Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will (because it pleased Him and was His kind intent)”.
1 Peter 1 : 1-2 Amplified version – Reading these verses in the Amplified version gives additional revelation. Verse 1 specifies tha the Christian Jews who were scattered abroad after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD, were also sowed! They were sowed into all nations for the spreading of the gospel! Remember, at Jesus ascension, He commanded us to go into all the world and teach the gospel/good news of peace with God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. In verse 2, the Amplified version also points out that they were sanctified (set apart and made holy) by the Holy Spirit to continue to be obedient to Yeshua Jesus. We are also to continue in being sanctified, set apart to be made righteous in character, thought, and behavior). The last portion of verse 2 speaks of grace and spiritual peace to be given to us in spiritual abundance! Yes, in abundance!!! This peace is realized through Christ. It is peace that is freedom from fears, agitating passions (emotions), and moral confilcts. We are given the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). Wow! We surely need that today! We must look to Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Keep your eyes on Jesus!
1 Peter 1: 3-6 Praise/honor God and Jesus Christ, who was resurrected so that we can be “born again” in spirit to become adopted children of God! We have an ever living hope with an inheritance reserved in heaven for us that will never change, is imperishable, cannot be soiled, and will never fade. And we are now being guarded/garrisoned by God’s power through our faith until we inherit that final salvation. We are not living alone, ever again! What a joy it will be when that unimaginable heavenly inheritance is revealed to us in the last time. We have good reason to be exceedingly glad, even if now we encounter distress, troubles, trials, and temptations. This age is temporary, our inheritance in Christ is eternal!
1 Peter 1: 6-7 In Christ there is great reward, even if now in this world there exists trouble, distress, suffereing, and temptations. The genuineness of our faith is being tested, the same way precious gold is purified by fire. In exercising our faith in God, it becomes stronger and is purified. Our relationship gorws ever strong, deeper, and righteous. Our growing trust in God is much more precious than gold!!! The intent/purpose is to result in our giving of honor, praise, and glory to Jesus at His return and revelation. Because we are His, we will overcome with Him, in Him, and through Him. People will finally see that our relationship with Jesus is real and that our loyal faith is in love, in truth, is overcoming, and with great reward.
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