1 Peter, lesson 1
Heavenly Father, we pray for everyone who is following today’s Bible study and devotion. We pray that You will open our eyes, ears, hearts, minds, emotions, and concentration to listen to Your enduring Word, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Authorship, date, recipients:
1 Peter is one of the seven general epistles of the New Testament. The other general epistles are 2 Peter, James, 1, 2, 3 John, and Jude. The apostle Peter was believed to be the author of 1 Peter. He was a fisherman from Galilee, brother of Andrew, and a disciple of John the Baptist. Jesus transformed him from a fisherman into a fisher of the souls of men. Most scholars believed that Peter wrote 1 Peter from Rome between 62 to 63 AD when Nero was the Roman emperor. The recipients were diasporic Jews, Jewish Christians dispersed throughout the Roman provinces of Asia Minor (Turkey), Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.
Theme and purpose:
Peter encouraged his audience to remain faithful, endure sufferings, hardships, tribulations, afflictions, and persecutions by submitting to a Living God because they had a living hope in a Living Saviour.
1 Peter 1:1-25: salutation, living hope, the heavenly inheritance, holiness, enduring Word
1 Peter 2:1-25: pure milk, Chief Cornerstone, living stones, out of the darkness into the light
1 Peter 3: 1-22: marriage relationships, no retaliation, true beauty, apologetic, substitutionary atonement
1 Peter 4: 1-19: Christian conduct, serving, suffering, judgment
1 Peter 5:1-14, Shepherding the flock of God, Christian relationships, farewell
The book of 1 Peter is about suffering, trials, hardships, afflictions, and persecutions. Christians will face trials and persecutions in life. The current Coronavirus pandemic had already inflicted so much suffering and misery on us in the past two years. Businesses had closed, people suffered the loss of finance, security, housing, jobs, relationships, loved ones, freedom, health, etc. Churches had closed, and activities had gone virtual to avoid personal contact. Peter encouraged us to remain faithful, endure suffering, hardships, tribulations, and persecution by submitting to God. We have a living hope because our Saviour is a Living Saviour and our God is a Living God.
Heavenly Father, we pray that You will help us overcome the trials, sufferings, hardships, and afflictions of the Coronavirus pandemic. We pray for divine provisions, enablement, endurance, strength, and perseverance. We claim the promise that You are Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides, and Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals, in Jesus’ name, Amen.