Encouragement despite problems.
“All flesh is like grass,
and all of man’s glory like the flower in the grass.
The grass withers, and its flower falls;
This is the word of Good News which was preached to you.
1. What does Peter say about our hope and when will it be revealed?
v 3 to 5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
2. What does Peter say to encourage his readers in their various trials?
v 6 and 7 ... though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved in various trials, that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ -
3. What does Peter say his readers should do, because they have shown obedience to the truth?
v 22 Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently,
- v 1 and 2 The apostle Peter writes to believers scattered throughout Asia Minor (part of modern Turkey)
- v 3 to 9 We can hope for eternal life if we endure the trials which develop our faith
- v 10 to 12 Hebrew prophets foretold the salvation which would come through the saving work of Christ
- v 13 to 22 Understanding Christ’s sacrifice we should live new lives, fearing and obeying God
- v 23 to 25 We all die, but the word of God that we have heard, cannot perish and leads to salvation