Acts + Letters Lesson 9 Day 2

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1 Peter 1:1-12

Questions

Peter greets believers and praises God.

  • Pontus — Turkish coast of the Black Sea
  • Galatia and Cappadocia — regions in central Turkey
  • Asia Minor and Bithynia — western Turkey

3. Peter’s revelation about the new birth

  • A living hope
  • An incorruptible and undefiled eternal inheritance and never decreases in value
  • Full salvation

4. Our hope in Christ

 “for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) (emphasis added)

“It is also called a ‘living hope,’ because it is imperishable. Other hopes fade like withering flowers. …the only imperishable hope is that which climbs above the stars and fixes itself upon the throne of God and the person of Jesus Christ.” (Spurgeon)

5. Suffering

Not my favorite topic, so I looked for some quotes to help me take it head on.

Verse 6

A season is just a temporary period of time. The four seasons are three months in duration. But in a spiritual sense, our entire time here on earth could be considered just a season compared to eternity. So, this could be applied to a brief period of time lasting just months, or it could be pertaining to our whole sojourn here on earth. In comparison to all the benefits that will be ours in heaven, this whole earthly existence is full of heaviness from manifold temptations. (AWMI Living Commentary)

Various trials: “Literally, it means ‘many-colored’ and was used to describe ‘the skin of a leopard, the different-colored veinings of marble, or an embroidered robe.’” (Hiebert) (Enduring Word)

Verse 7

Peter makes the comparison of the trying of our faith to the purifying process that gold goes through. This analogy has led many to make God the source of all the things that try our faith, believing they purify us as the fire removes impurities from gold. But I think Peter is saying that if gold can withstand the fire, then how much more precious is our faith. This is intended to comfort those who find themselves in adversity that their faith will bring them through. (AWMI Living Commentary)

Verse 8

If we are truly in faith, there will be rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Our joy is related to what we believe, not our experiences. A lack of rejoicing and joy is evidence of a lack of believing. (AWMI Living Commentary)

Verse 9 — salvation of our souls

The spirit is the part of us that was born again at salvation (see my note at 2 Corinthians 5:17), but there is also a salvation of the soul; Peter spoke of that here. This takes place when we renew our minds and receive into our soulish and/or physical realm the salvation that is already complete in our spirits.

For instance, in our born-again spirits, there is always perfect love, joy, peace, etc. (Galatians 5:22-23), but these emotions aren’t always evident in our souls (the personality part). However, if we renew our minds by God’s Word and believe His promises, the love, joy, and peace in our new, recreated spirits (Galatians 5:22-23) will spill over into our souls (our emotions). Then we are receiving the end (completion) of our salvation–everything that already abides in our spirits, manifesting in our souls.

Notice that the rejoicing of the previous verse comes before believers receive the end of their salvation; i.e., the salvation of their souls in this verse. Anyone can praise the Lord on the other side of the Red Sea (Exodus 15); It takes faith to praise the Lord before the Red Sea has been parted, with the Egyptians bearing down (Exodus 14).  (AWMI Living Commentary)

Joy inexpressible — the opposite of suffering

The word translated “joy inexpressible,” “occurs only here in the New Testament, and describes a joy so profound as to be beyond the power of words to express.” (Grudem) “Their joy was no ordinary, earth-born joy.” (Hiebert) (Enduring Word)


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My answers to BSF Bible Study Fellowship questions Acts + Letters of the Apostles Lesson 9 Day 2