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2016 December 6

Adoration of the Shepherds (1523-1525)
Bonifazio Veronese (1487-1553)
Italian Renaissance Style
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In 1 Peter 1, Peter addresses his epistle to the Jews of the exile, making special mention of certain regions of the Roman Empire. He notes that the Trinity knew them, sanctified them, and cleansed them with the blood of Christ for the purpose of obedience, and he wishes them grace and peace. (1-2).
     He says that God has given them mercy, hope, and an incorruptible inheritance. They are kept by the power of God. If they go through trials their faith becomes refined like gold. Their faith will be honored when Jesus appears, and their souls will be saved (3-9).
     The prophets made diligent inquiry to understand more about the salvation which Christ has now revealed. They especially wanted to know more about the sufferings of Christ and the glory which would follow. And God showed them that the message was not just for them; it was for those of Jesus' time and beyond. The angels also desired to know more about these things. (10-12).
     Peter therefore tells them to gird up the loins of their mind, be sober, and hope in the grace which is coming when Jesus comes. We should not fashion ourselves according to our former lusts. We should be holy as God is holy. We call on God because he is impartial. We were not redeemed with corruptible things, but with the precious blood of Christ. So our faith and hope should be in God (13-21).
     Obeying the truth in love purifies the soul. And truth comes to us in the form of the gospel (22-25).]
     [Sermons: William Still. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's painting illustrates the adoration of Christ. This is an appropriate attitude for all who have been redeemed by Christ, especially in light of Peter's verbal adoration of Christ which he offers in rich detail in today's chapter. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: 1 Peter 1: Leviticus 11:44; Isaiah 40:6. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Book Outline:

1 PETER (COVENANT LIVING: The Importance of Obedience)

1. Chosen for Obedience: Its Meaning (1 Peter 1:1 - 1 Peter 1:25) - 63 A.D. Israel
2. Chosen for Obedience: Its Outworking in Life (1 Peter 2:1 - 1 Peter 5:14) - 63 A.D. Israel

1 Peter 1

1. Chosen for Obedience: Its Meaning (1 Peter 1:1 - 1 Peter 1:25) - 63 A.D. Israel

     1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 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.
     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, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 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: 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: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
     10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 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 [after these things]. 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.
     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; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 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: 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; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was was manifest in these last times for you, 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.
     22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 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: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever [into the eons]. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

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