Insights on Today's Reading
1 Peter 1 - Peter writes about suffering and the ways a believer should understand it. He starts off in chapter one by reminding believers that we have been given a "living hope" verse 3. We have an inheritance in heaven that will not fade away, verse 4. And, we are kept by God's power now, verse 5. All this is helpful to a Christian who is facing persecution and trials because of their faith in Christ. Peter emphasizes personal holiness in us, verses 15,16 and he reminds us that we were redeemed by the "precious blood of Christ..." verse 19.
1 Peter 2 - Every believer still needs the "milk" of God's word to grow, verse 2. We are chosen by God, verse 9, and we should act as "pilgrims" in this world, verse 11. We are called to do good, verse 15, and we should not be ashamed if we suffer because of our good deeds, verse 19. Peter reminds us that Christ suffered for us and left us an example to follow, verse 21.
1 Peter 3 - Peter's comments to wives should encourage each woman who is married to an unsaved me that God can use her godly behavior, "...without a word..." spoke by her to win her husband, verses 1-2. Men should treat their wives with love and respect, verse 7. Peter calls all believers to set apart Jesus as Lord of their lives and to be ready always to give an answer to all who ask why they have hope, verse 15.
1 Peter 4 - Suffering has an effect on the purity of our lives, verse 1. Peter emphasizes that we should be praying all the more since the "end of all things is at hand" verse 7. We should also seek to use the gifts God has given us to minister to one another, verse 10. He emphasizes that we should not "think it strange concerning the fiery trials" we encounter as believers, verse 12. Suffering believers should commit their lives to God as faithful followers of Him, verse 19.
1 Peter 5 - Peter has a word to the pastors: don't act like "lords" over God's people, verses 2,3. "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble" verse 5. Peter encourages believers to cast their cares on God, verse 7, but to be aware of Satan's attacks, verse 8. God gives the believer the power to resist Satan as He has done for other believers down through the years, verse 9.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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