1 Peter 1


1 Peter 1:2

according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

(a) God the Father. Jesus came to reveal a God who loves us like a Father and the epistle writers echoed this theme. See entry for John 17:23.

(b) The fullest measure. Peter prayed that God’s grace would be yours to the fullest measure or in increasing abundance. Just as you can’t travel to the edge of the universe, you will never find the limit of God’s grace. But try anyway. Explore it, walk it, swim it, ride it, and grow in the grace of Jesus (2 Pet 3:18). Be generous with the manifold, or many-sided grace of God (1 Pet 4:10).

Further reading: “Who are the hypergrace preachers?”


1 Peter 1:3

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Great mercy. Just as God has great grace (see entry for Jas. 4:6), he has great mercy (Luke 1:58). God is both rich in grace (Eph. 1:7, 2:7), and mercy (Eph. 2:4). His great mercy testifies to his great love for us (Eph. 2:4). See entry for mercy.


1 Peter 1:5

who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Faith for a salvation. All of God’s blessings, including forgiveness, salvation, righteousness and sanctification, come to us freely by grace and are received by faith. Faith does not compel God to forgive us or sanctify us. But faith is the conduit through which grace flows. See entry for Eph. 2:8.


1 Peter 1:8

and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

You love Him… believe in Him. It’s the unfailing love of God that inspires us to trust him (see entry for 1 John 4:16).


1 Peter 1:9

obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

Your faith. Our faith is the result of knowing Christ’s love for us. We don’t get faith from hearing a good sermon; we get it from hearing about the good news of Jesus (Rom. 10:17).


1 Peter 1:23

for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

The word of God is the good news of Jesus. See entry for Acts 4:31.


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