1 Peter is full of insightful messages that every believer should hold dear to their heart. The book teaches us to live holy even during times of persecution and suffering, and it also instructs us to teach the hope that is within us to those who ask for our testimony. With that being said, we will go in depth on 1 Peter and explore what God wants us to learn from the book of 1 Peter!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9
When looking at verses three through nine, we should thank Jesus for giving us hope through His death and resurrection. Going further down, 1 Peter describes our inheritance as incorruptible and undefiled, which does not fade away. When we reach verse six; however, the ideas change from viewing our future into what we will encounter on earth. Though we may be grieved by various trials, we must stay joyful in the hope of our salvation.
Our faith is described as being more precious than gold. Though our faith may be tested by fire, our faith is found to praise, honor, and glorify the Lord. Even though we have not seen Christ, we love Him anyways, we rejoice in Him anyways, and we accept the salvation that Christ has given us.
The beginning of 1 Peter, shows us how we should praise God for the gift of salvation no matter what trials we may be going through. We are undeserving of His love, His mercy, and His grace, so when troubles arise, we should have his grace as our hope. We should not fear the persecution we will face on this earth, for our inheritance in heaven is much more than what this earth could possibly give us! We are protected by the power of God, so why must we worry about the sufferings of the earth?
“Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.” 1 Peter 1:1:10-12
Throughout verses ten through twelve, there are two comparisons going on. First, we have the Old Testament saints, and then we have the New Testament saints and the angels. When we look at the Old Testament saints, we realize that God spoke to them about what is to come and spoke to the prophets directly. However, with the New Testament saints, we have grace for Christ already came, and though he had many sufferings, many glories followed! Even the angels were interested in the things that have been reported.
Therefore, this section of 1 Peter shows both the Old and the New Testament. The prophets in the Old Testament were persecuted for their calling, but they still obeyed God and continued to preach the prophesies as to what was to come. Now, since we have grace and Jesus has already come, we are persecuted for believing in Him and not conforming to the world. Therefore, persecution is unavoidable, so we must stand strong in Christ and not be afraid of what others will do.
In conclusion, verses three through twelve speak on persecution. We should remain joyful in our salvation, we must keep our faith strong even though we endure the fires of trials, and we must realize that everyone who follows God has and will be persecuted in some way. When you choose to accept Christ, the world is immediately against you, for the world hates Jesus. The next time you endure suffering, remain joyous in your faith and be unafraid of the persecution that occurs, for with God nothing can stand against us.