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Pamphlet #2614
The Epistle of 1st Peter chapter 1

 “Where’s the altar call? Well, there was none when Peter was called nor for any one else who had been chosen before the foundation of the world!"

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to walk with Jesus Christ? I don’t mean to “walk daily with the Lord” in the sense that Christian’s today keep Him in their hearts, but to actually physically walk along side of the Savior, and listen to Him and touch Him and eat with Him and witness the miracles and healings He performed.

Well, just such an one wrote this Book of 1st Peter. He was a common man, a big ole lovable fisherman named Simon Bar Jona. “Bar” means “son of” and “Jona means “dove”, so he was the son of the dove, but many of us today would call him a “pussycat”. And once you get to know him you’ve got to love him.

Here’s what happened.

One day Simon, who was called Peter, was out fishing with his brother Andrew, just minding their own business, telling stories and jokes no doubt, and Jesus Christ walked up to them and said “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

Matthew 4:18-19
And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.[19] And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Did Peter turn to his brother and say, “Who’s this guy?”

No, they just knew He was the Shepherd. So without hesitation or excuse, upon hearing His voice, they followed Him.

Read John 10:4 “And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice."

Matthew 4:20
And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

Note: You may be asking yourself “Where’s the altar call?” Well, there wasn’t any for the disciples, nor was there one for the apostle Paul when he was knocked to the ground. When we get to chapter one verse two we will explain about the “elect”, who were chosen before the foundation of this world.
So Peter was a plain old fisherman with the gift and the ability to communicate with the common people.
He appears in all the Gospels and it would be this Peter to whom Christ would say, “upon this rock I will build my church.”

Matthew 16:18

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Of course Christ was the immovable Rock upon which the church would be built, but Peter’s name is Petros in Greek, which means a (piece of) rock.

Also his surname was Cephas which means stone or petros, i.e. rock.

And Jesus would make him a strong pillar in the apostolic church.

John 1:42

And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
Now, before we begin this Book of 1st Peter let’s get a glimpse of the character of the human author himself, Peter.

You will see that he had a strong, very animated personality.

Here are some examples:

We read in John 13 where Jesus came to Peter to wash his feet and Peter said “What? No way Jose!” to which Christ simply said, “If I can’t wash your feet you’re out pal!” Peter then instantly did a 180 degree turnabout and said “OK, OK, but while you’re at it how about doing my hands and head too.” He probably had a big silly fisherman’s grin on his face. What a funny guy. As I said, you’ve got to love him.

John 13:8-9
Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

[9] Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

Then we have the incident where Mr. Impulsive, this time in his role as a hothead, drew his sword in the garden, over the brook Cedron, when the lynching crew came for Jesus, and proceeded to slice off the ear of the high priest’s servant.

The reason he cut off his ear was because the servant no doubt “ducked”, otherwise Peter would have cut off his head, the object of his swoosh.

John 18:10
Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.


Note: You’d think after all the time Christ spent with His disciples before His crucifixion that He would have had ample time to tell them to lay down their arms and become pacifists. You know, “Love, Peace, Woodstock Baby!” I mean swords can kill people and not only that; criminals could use them to commit crimes. We need sword control laws!

Now we'll see that Peter not only had animated behavior, he had an animated mouth on him and always spoke up first, and rather rashly at times.

Do you remember the account in Matthew 14 where Christ had sent the multitude away and walked up the mountain to pray?

When evening came He was alone and the disciples’ ship was in the midst of the sea being tossed about.

No problem!

Christ just started walking out across the water and when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea they were startled, to say the least, and thought they were seeing a ghost!

But Christ called out to them and said “Hey fellows, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

Then Peter immediately yelled back “Oh yeh! Well if it’s really you then bid me to come to you and walk on the water too.”

Matthew 14:28-29
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.[29]And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

So Peter actually got out there and walked on the water, a gutsy move if you ask me.

And you can be sure the other disciples were watching this brave soul [nut] and Peter knew it and so he probably said, “Hey guys, look at me! I’m walking on water.”

Then reality set in and he saw the wind boisterous and he said “Uh Oh!”

Then he started to sink and his pulse went ballistic.

Matthew 14:30
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

“HELP!” cried the big man! “Lord, save me!”

Matthew 14:31
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Now it’s Jesus’ turn to have big grin on His face.

Yes, there is no doubt about it. You just know this big lovable character had a heart of gold.

And Jesus would use him to feed His flock and be a strong leader in the apostolic church.

And Peter would faithfully obey His Lord’s command.

And it would be this Peter who would stand up on Pentecost Day in Acts chapter two and quote from the Book of Joel and explain to all exactly what they were witnessing.

And yet it would be this same Peter who would deny Christ thrice during the events leading up to His crucifixion.

Here we once again see the well-intentioned Peter talking big:

John 13:37
Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

Peter just told Christ he would give his life for him [he meant as long as he didn’t have to die, of course].

Well, that’s easier said than done, Peter, you human being you.

[38]Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

And it came to pass that Peter did deny Christ three times, just as He said he would. And when Peter realized what he had done, his big heart broke, and he was devastated by his actions, and he wept bitterly.

Luke 22:61-62
And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

[62] And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

What a great character this Simon, son of Jona, called Peter was.

Some scholars would argue that he was not really the author of the books bearing his name.

Hogwash!

Their problem is they don’t know Peter, for if they did they would see that he is unquestionably the writer.

The Epistle of 1st Peter, written by Peter himself, was written from Babylon (5:13) in approximately 60 A.D. and we will begin with chapter 1, verse 1.

And just as you can’t help liking the personality of Peter, just wait until you hear what he has to say!

You’re going to love it.

Are you ready to learn some fascinating things from God's Word through old lovable Peter?

Peter knew the scriptures well and often draws from the Divine dealings recorded in the Old Testament.

Remember how he stood up on Pentecost Day and quoted the prophet Joel?

So we are going to lay some foundation in this study, going all the way back to the beginning of time, to bring us up to speed with some of the basics which Peter will talk about later on.

Let's begin.

1 Peter 1:1
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
Peter was an "apostle" which in Greek is apostolos and it means one who is "sent forth", i.e. an ambassador.

And not only was Peter sent forth to the early church, but even to this day he has been sent forth unto us to bring forth the teachings of the One with whom he walked side by side and received His personal instructions.

It is extremely important that we notice to whom this letter is written, because it is addressed to the "strangers" who are scattered or dispersed, even the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel.

James in his book would also address the "scattered" tribes: James 1:1 "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting."

Also, the word "strangers" is an interesting and appropriate word used here because if you will take the time to look it up in Strong's Concordance you will discover that it means "pilgrims" and is translated as such in the next chapter in verse 11."Pilgrims" makes one think of the sojourners to America and rightfully so, for they continued the migration to the west of the House of Israel to receive the promises made to their father Abraham to inherit the most resourceful and blessed piece of real estate on earth, which lies from sea to shining sea!

That's right, the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel are not really lost at all.

It's just that you have to be familiar with the Word of God to know who they are and where they are instead of listening to the traditions of men who would have everyone who is not called a Jew believing they are gentiles.What a bunch of malarkey.


We don't have a very clear definition of the word gentile. Are only people who are not of Israelite stock, gentiles? or After the dispersion does the word gentile also include Israelites (the house of Israel and/or the house of Judah) living in other places outside Judea?

gentile H1471 ?    ? go?y  go?y go'ee, go'-ee Apparently from the same root as H1465 (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts: - Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

gentile G1484 ??????? ethnos eth'-nos Probably from G1486; a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe; specifically a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by implication pagan): - Gentile, heathen, nation, people.


(If you are not familiar with the migrations of the tribes of Israel, or do not know where the United States and Great Britain are mentioned in the Bible Log unto Pamphlet #1064 or Pamphlet #1020 under Table of Contents on the this American Wisdom Series site; First click Special Bible Studies then click "Wisdom"  It will get you started in the right direction.)

Peter now continues to identify more specifically to whom he is writing.
[2] Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Who are these "elect" according to the foreknowledge of God the Father?

The word eklektos (elect) comes from eklegomai (chosen), and what Peter is saying is that there was a time, long ago, when our Father "chose" those who deserved to be chosen to be used by Him whenever and however He so chooses!

Now it is up to you to choose whether or not to believe and understand it.

It is unfortunate that traditional Christianity does not teach about the earth age that existed when Satan rebelled and drew a third of God's children away from our Father (Rev. 12:4).

Oh, they recognize that it happened but seem unable to connect it with the fact that there was once a cataclysmic event that destroyed every structure and every living thing on this planet and the entire global surface was covered with water.

You can read about that destruction in Jeremiah chapter 4.

This is the Lord speaking:

Jeremiah 4:22
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Look up the word "sottish". It means "stupid". It is the word our Father chose to use.
[23] I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
Yep, this is what it looked like it Genesis 1:2 when He was finished wiping everything out!

One needs to know and understand the use of the Hebrew words tohu va bohu, without form and void.

And please note the fact that there was no light, which is why He would first say in Gen. 1:3 "Let there be light".

There was light during the flood of Noah, so let's not be ignorant (or sottish) and try to say this was Noah's flood.

[24] I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
It was a shaking indeed!
[25] I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
There were men alive during Noah's flood, weren't there?

But there was NO MAN here.

No birds like a raven or dove either!

[26] I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.
Was there ever a Lost City of Atlantis?

You bet there was and the North and South Poles were plush with green vegetation, too.

All of it was destroyed, broken down, BY GOD HIMSELF!

Hello, wake up!

Again, the earth wasn't destroyed when He created it!

He created it beautiful and to be inhabited in Genesis 1:1.

God Himself even says that He didn't create it in the condition of Gen. 1:2. Isaiah records His words for us:

Isaiah 45:18
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
God didn't create the earth void and in a state of total destruction, which is what the words "without form and void", tohu va bohu in Hebrew, mean.

But it "became" (see NIV translation) that way in Genesis 1:2 when our Father knocked this planet off its true axis, which is why magnetic north and true north are 80 to 90 miles apart depending on the wobble, and slightly out of it's true 360 day orbit around the sun.

Have you ever read the Book of Job?

If so, do you remember after the 37 chapters of traditional church teaching by Job's buddies (which God said was bunk), that He gave Job a little lesson in humility and perspective? God described to Job the creation in Genesis 1:1, not Genesis 1:3, and guess what?

ALL the sons of God, that would include Job and you and me and all those who have died in the flesh and have returned back home (Eccles. 12:7), and those who haven't made the trip here yet, i.e. are waiting to be born in the flesh, SANG FOR JOY at the beautiful handiwork of God.

They/we wouldn't have sang for joy at the condition in which it is described in Genesis 1:2.

They would have said "Yecch!"

Here's the account where God is speaking to Job:

Job 38:4
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
If you have understanding then you know where Job was.

He was amongst those singing for Joy!

[5] Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

[6] Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

How does this planet hang in space anyway?

Job couldn't answer that question and neither can NASA!

[7] When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Yep, all of them sang for joy, including Satan, because this was before iniquity was found in him and he drew a third of God's sons away from Him.

Your documentation is in Ezekiel 28:15 concerning Satan: "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."

But after his rebellion, Satan was judged in that "world that then was", a phrase Peter will use in chapter 3 of his 2nd book, and sentenced to DIE!

That is why Satan is called "Death" and is referred to as the "son of perdition", the son who will perish.

Of course God wasn't too happy with the rest of His kids who sided along with Satan, but rather than judging them and perhaps sentencing them to die, He postponed their judgment until after the Millennium, after His plan to redeem them, the plan of salvation (which means to salvage), has been accomplished.

So He destroyed the earth age that was, the age to which all "Fossils" and "Remains" belong, and gave us this flesh age to be born of woman, innocent, without any prior knowledge of the "world that then was", with an opportunity to decide whether to love God or follow Satan.

Now you know what happened to the dinosaurs, don't you!

God destroyed them all following Satan's rebellion!

The apostle Paul knew all of this, just like Peter did.

They both speak of the time before the "foundation of this earth age" so matter of factly that it makes you wonder why everyone doesn't talk or teach about it.

Here's Paul talking about the same "elect" or "chosen":

Ephes. 1:4-5
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Were God's elect chosen at birth?

No!

They were chosen before the foundation of the world, a long time before they would be born in the flesh.

[5] Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
If you have a Companion Bible you should read appendix 146 concerning the "foundation of the world" and you will see documented that it really means before the casting down, or overthrow, i.e. the time of the destruction following Satan's rebellion.

So we see that God predestinated His elect to be used "according to the good pleasure of His will", i.e. however He so chooses.

Our Father knew us all, long before we were born of woman to temporarily dwell in a flesh tabernacle, which we call our body.

He knew Jeremiah before he was born:

Jeremiah 1:5
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
He knew Jacob and Esau before they were born.

That is how He could say in Romans 9:13 "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated" even before they were yet born.

Yes, He knew us all long before we were born.

But guess what?

We've left out the best part!

We know that Satan drew 1/3 of God's sons away from Him, but there were some who stood and fought against the dragon [Satan] and made our Father proud of them.

They exercised their "free will" then, (in the first earth age) and chose to love God and not Satan, and so God has chosen them and predestined them to be a part of His plan in this earth age.

He has used them all down through history until even now.

And you know what else?

He chose the last ones, the elect who would be present during the final generation, first!

Now you know the more in-depth meaning to Christ's words that the first shall be last; and the last first.

So no altar call is necessary for God's elect, His chosen, because when He's ready to use them He'll let them know.

He might knock them off their horses (Paul) or have them swallowed by a big fish (Jonah) or just call them away from fishing (Peter, Andrew, James, and John) if they are the type who haven't let their "free will" run riot, like some He has to rescue from themselves first.

If you understand any of that which we are talking about, then you can fill in your own experience.

So it is God's elect to whom Peter addressed this marvelous epistle.

Read Romans 8:29-39 and discover that they were not only chosen and predestinated, but "them He also justified".

Are you one of God's elect?

If so, this Book of Peter is addressed to you


Sometimes it gets wearisome trying to control these flesh bodies.

Whew!

We've covered a lot of ground, so far, but only two verses in 1st Peter.

So today let's get started right away.

1 Pet. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Many of us have probably read and heard this verse read before as if it were just a "matter of fact" part of Peter's salutatory.

But it is not!

If we could put ourselves in Peter's shoes and feel the gratitude and joy and love that he felt towards our Father when he wrote these words, we would never be the same again.

You see, we have a New Covenant in Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection that gives us a "living hope", even a life full of hope, for no matter what we have to endure in the flesh, we can look forward to eternal life and an inheritance beyond the wildest imaginations of mortal man.

[4] To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
For you!

Read that again!

Your inheritance is there and waiting under His protection, in the HRB (Heavenly Reserve Bank)!

The apostle Paul also had an attitude of gratitude and spoke of our inheritance of and in salvation.

Ephes. 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

Ephes. 1:11
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

And look whose guarding the vault!
1 Pet. 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Just wait until that last time, that last day, that last trump, when the gift of eternal life is granted to His saints at His coming.

What a glorious day it will be!

Also, it would seem to me that if one is under the protection of the power of God that there is nothing and no one in the world, including Satan and his cronies, that He can't handle.

Right?

Paul says it even better:

Romans 8:31
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
This is not to say that there are none who are against us, for certainly Satan and his followers are, but it means there are none who can prevail against us.

Christ even said in Luke 10:19 "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

Romans 8:33
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Should we worry about what others might think or say about us, including Satan who accuses us day and night before God (Rev. 12:10)?

Nope, God is our Judge.

Tell everyone else to take a hike, unless you can plant a seed.

1 Pet. 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
So you've got a few problems, huh?

Maybe some of the "seasons" of life in Ecclesiastes 3 have come up on the negative side and it's not a happy time.

Well, we have an expression that applies especially to God's elect: "When the going gets tough the tough get going."

Deal with the reality of whatever the situation is while at the same time keeping the vision of the last few verses in mind, i.e. salvation, your inheritance and the power of God, which is Christ Jesus.



Editors Note: Read Ecclesiastes chapter 3 to learn more about 28 seasons of life everyone experiences.

Or perhaps you have allowed your flesh to have its own way with some of those manifold [various] temptations and you're feeling like a "scum bag".

That's why we have the blessing of repentance.

Sometimes it gets wearisome trying to control these flesh bodies.

The "inner man" is often like the cowboy on the bucking bronco at the rodeo, hanging on for dear life, trying not to let the bunch of bull get away from him.

Suddenly he finds himself flat on his back on the ground with some clown looking down at him.

Yep, that old flesh is a spirited fighter!

Digression: Have you ever stopped to consider how much time out your day you have to deal with your flesh body? You have to feed it, bath it, clip its nails, comb its hair, brush its teeth, wipe its youknow, dress it, adjust the temperature for it, and then visit supply dealers like grocery stores, drug stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, etc., and then visit maintenance professionals like dentists, doctors, chiropractors, beauticians, and the list goes on and on. After all that you'd think it would be content and settle down for awhile. But no! Now the ungrateful chunk of meat has a whole bunch of demands ready to lay on you. "I'm tired, give me rest! I'm bored, take me to a movie! I'm lonely, get me someone to talk to! I'm sick and tired of the diet you have me on, take me to McDonalds, Now! I'm horny, do something for crying out loud!" And this is just the beginning because it's probably only 10 o'clock in the morning. And somewhere in there you have to go to work to support this flesh monster, not to mention you have to deal with other members of your family and circle of influence presenting their demands to you and requiring you give them attention and help them with their list.

So when someone says "I just don't have time to study the Bible", it's understandable, I suppose, not really.

Maybe we could make up bumper stickers like "Skip a shower, not a chapter" or "Just wear a hat and comb through Jeremiah".

But be prepared to have a fight on your hands cause it will be Rodeo Time again!

How good are you at riding your bull? (End digression)

Now would be a really good time to read Romans 7:15-25 which begins with Paul saying "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I."

Let's return to Peter who brought this subject of trials and temptations up in the first place.

1 Pet. 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
The way I see it, we shouldn't even count the things in our lives that are only boiling over at 212 degrees Fahrenheit [at sea level].

They are only warm-up exercises. So stop whining.

Gold doesn't melt until the temperature reaches 1947o Fahrenheit.

Check it out.

So only when things get really, really hot can we get rid of the "slag" in our lives!

Slag is what the impurities in gold are called that rise to the surface and are skimmed off when the gold is melted.

Thus is the gold made pure.

(Hey, isn't 1947 about the time of the planting of the fig tree which commences the final generation when things begin to really heat up?  Yes it is.)


"The Parable of the Fig Tree" Click this link to open Pamphlet 1031  Jesus said Learn it! Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree;...


So Peter says our trials of faith are much more precious than gold.

God just loves it when His children overcome and score an A+ on their tests.

He probably stamps "Job well done" along side the detailed account in His books.

Knowing that, what should our attitude be concerning our trials and temptations?

Well, Peter just said that they are precious and James says to count it all joy!

James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Patience?

Now there's a bucking bronco if I've ever seen one!

Peter just told us though, that Christ will reward the trial of our faith with praise and honor and glory at His coming!

1 Pet. 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
And we do love Him though we haven't seen Him with flesh eyeballs.

Even through trials and tribulations, because we believe, we have and maintain an inner peace and joy that words cannot describe.

[9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
What is the end result of faith and believing (vs. 8)?

Salvation, which means Eternal Life in a glorious spiritual body (without having to ride a bucking bronco anymore).

And along with that salvation an inheritance from the 1st Title Owner of the Universe.

[10] Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
Salvation was not available until the Lamb of God shed His blood as the sacrifice for our sins.

Then Christ was able to offer salvation to the prophets, which He did while He was yet in the tomb.

[11] Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
The words "of Christ" should come after "signify".

Nevertheless, all you have to do is read the 22nd Psalm written by the prophet David (Acts 2:29-30 declares him a prophet), and see how accurately the sufferings of Christ were testified to beforehand.

The prophet Isaiah in the 53rd chapter of his book also testifies.

In fact, the testifying goes all the way back to Moses, the prophet who wrote the words of Gen 3:15.

[12] Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
The prophets testified of Christ and His salvation, to us and for us, long before the Holy Spirit was sent in Acts chapter 2 and the apostles reported the good news that the living hope, vs. 3, has arrived.

Now if that isn't the best news that sinners like you and me have ever heard, then there is none.

No wonder Peter begins verse 3 praising our Father.

Let's end this study as we began:

1 Pet. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Amen

Do you have a "former life"?

We just learned from Peter, now a fulltime fisher of men, that while our faith will be tested our future is magnificent.

Next he will exhort us to consider soberly what God has done for us, and to conduct our lives accordingly, to match our high calling.

1 Peter 1:13
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
All right, get your act together!

Be sober!

Now if the thought that "you" should "quit drinking" so much just came to your mind, then that is exactly what it means, for the Greek word nepho, translated "sober", means to abstain from wine (including other adult beverages; so don't try that "I only drink beer" line of self denial bull).

However, Peter also means to be "sober minded" and vigilant and to place your hope on the grace that will be bestowed unto you when Jesus appears at His coming.

(The word "revelation" used here is the same word as "appearing" in verse 7.)

[14] As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
Do you have a "former life"?

No, no, I don't mean from the "world that then was" in the first earth age, just the un-Christ-like life you lived when you were ignorant and lustful, which for some could be expressed in one word, ignoramus!

Well, there better be a change in your behavior now that you know better and it starts by listening to your Father.

The apostle Paul gave the same admonitions in his letters.

It truly is remarkable how much these two thought alike.

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Act like a Christian and remember; there are no dress rehearsals, we are always on stage!
1 Pet. 1:15 But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has called you and made you part of His body, the "body of Christ".

When you engage in unholy conduct it's not just a reflection upon yourself, but you make Him look bad, don't you?

That's not good!

[16] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
This is a direct quote from the Book of Leviticus.
Leviticus 11:44
For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy...
Did Peter know the Old Testament scriptures or what?

Remember how he stood up on Pentecost Day in Acts chapter 2 and quoted from the Book of Joel?

Well, here he quotes from the Book of Leviticus.

In chapter 2 he will quote from Isaiah 53.

In chapter 3 he will quote from Psalms.

And in chapters 4 & 5 he quotes from Proverbs.

This man knew his Bible.

Do you?

And check out this move:

Acts 1:15
And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
Acts 1:16
Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Peter knew from Psalms 69 and 109 that those scriptures needed to be fulfilled and he got the job done!

Imagine that!

There are more scriptures that need to be fulfilled, you know.

For instance, there's some "sealing" that needs to be done in Rev 7, like now, and some witnessing and delivering-up soon to come, etc.

Are you or are you going to be a participant in fulfilling them?

Pretty exciting thought, isn't it?

Peter now continues to discuss our behavior.

[17] And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
And if you pray to the Father, and call yourself Christian, you better love and revere Him and be obedient and produce some fruit and good works while you're "walking under the sun".

You see, God is no respecter of persons and He judges a person's works, whether they be holy or unholy.

Rewards will be handed out accordingly.

Just read the 2nd and 3rd chapters of the Book of Revelation and notice that Jesus Christ addresses the works of all the churches, meaning the people in them.

Oh, and if you claim to be a Christian, you are in one of them.

Do you know which one?

There are only two out the seven that Christ finds acceptable.

1 Pet. 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
Hey, Christ didn't redeem you from your "former life" with money!

He paid for you with His very life!

[19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Precious blood indeed!

The innocent, holy, perfect Lamb of God gave His life, WILLINGLY.

[20] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Yes, it was God's plan from the beginning and it is even written in the stars of heaven and contained in the pure uncorrupted Zodiac.

See appendix 12, as in the 12 signs, in the back of the Companion Bible.

"These last times" means the first advent.

[21] Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
If you believe that God raised up Christ from the dead, then you have the faith and hope that He will raise us up too!

Once again Paul said the very same thing in 1 Thes. 4:13-14.

1 Thes. 4:13
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
The Sadducees were running around claiming there is no hope [life] after death.

That's Sad U See!

[14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
But we know that those who have died believing in Christ have been raised-up and are with Him, and so when Christ returns He will bring them with Him.

That's our faith and hope which we just read in 1 Pet. 1:21.

So let your life match your high calling.

Let your light so shine!

We have all the reason in the world to be kind, gentle and loving towards one another.

We have the faith and the hope, the magnificent future is ours already!

Concerning loving one another,

Here's Peter:
1 Pet. 1:22
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
Here's Paul:
Romans 12:10
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
The word "love" in both of these verses is "philadelphia".

Is that the church, the Church of Philadelphia in Rev. 3:7-13, that you are in?

 That's an excellent choice!

1 Pet. 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
You are born again by the Word of God, which is eternal.

Let's review.

How are you born again?

By the Living Word of God which is eternal.

How does that compare to your flesh?

[24] For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
Got it?

Your flesh grass is temporary!

And flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

[25] But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Peter is quoting the scriptures again and the two verses above are from Isaiah 40:6-8.
Isaiah 40:6
The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

[7] The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

[8] The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

The Word of God is eternal and shall stand forever.

If you have it, and love it, and obey it, then you have Him and abide in Him and do you know what that means?

You can stand forever, too!



To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them {the ancient Israelites} for ensamples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

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