1 Peter is a letter from Peter to the believers who had been dispersed throughout the ancient world and were under intense persecution. If anyone understood persecution, it was Peter. He was beaten, threatened, punished, and jailed for preaching the Word of God. He knew what it took to endure without bitterness, without losing hope and in great faith living an obedient, victorious life. This knowledge of living hope in Jesus was the message, and Christ’s example was the one to follow.
Though this time of persecution was desperate, Peter reveals that it was actually a time to rejoice. He says to count it a privilege to suffer for the sake of Christ, as their Savior suffered for them. This letter makes reference to Peter’s personal experiences with Jesus and his sermons from the book of Acts. Peter confirms Satan as the great enemy of every Christian but the assurance of Christ’s future return gives the incentive of hope.
The assurance of eternal life is given to all Christians. One way to identify with Christ is to share in His suffering. For now, to us that would be to endure insults and slurs This is so minor compared to what Christ suffered for us on the Cross.
Stand up for what you know and believe is right and rejoice when the world and Satan aim to hurt you
Join us Sunday nights at 6:00 pm as we study 1 Peter