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1 Peter 1:24, 25–The Gospel Preached

As we conclude chapter 1 of 1 Peter we have Peter speaking of the Word of God.  It was the incorruptible seed, by which we were “born again” and “purified” (read more here). Peter’s description of the word of God is that unlike men, the word remains forever.  It is not corruptible, but rather incorruptible.  He then concludes by saying the Word of which he speaks is the Gospel that was preached to the audience.

This gospel was preached to this group of Christians, if my hypothesis is right, when they were gathered for the Feast of Pentecost in Acts 2 (read about my theory here).  However, it is interesting to see how Peter has interwoven the gospel in Chapter 1 of this book as well.  Let’s look at what components of the gospel are seen in chapter 1.

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1 Peter 1:17-25 Conduct Yourselves in Fear and Love

Peter transitioned in verse 13 from describing salvation in glorious terms to know speaking of the conduct we should have because of salvation (read more here).  We should “set our hope fully on the grace to come (1:13).”   Setting our hope on this coming grace means we change our actions.  The first type of conduct Christians are to have is holy (read more here).  Peter goes on to describe two other types of conduct.

Conduct Yourself in Fear

Verse 17 begins with Peter referring to Christians as those who “call on the Father.” This idea of “calling on God” is an expression throughout the Bible of a call to deliverance.  It is seen in the Psalms (Ex: Psalm 18:6).  It is seen in the Prophets (Joel 2:32).  It is seen in the book Acts (Acts 2:21; 22:16). It is seen in Paul (Romans 10:13).  Thus, Peter is speaking of those who have called upon God for salvation.  But it isn’t just any God that we call upon, it is the God who judges without partiality.  This judging is according to our deeds.

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1 Peter 1:13-16-Conduct Yourself in Holiness

As mentioned in the introduction of this series on 1 Peter (read it here), Peter focuses much of his work on the conduct of his audience.  They are facing trials.  These trials have them doubting whether they are truly in “God’s grace.”  Peter’s goal is to reassure them of their status (he has down that in the first 12 verses and will again throughout the book) and to make sure they “stand firm in God’s grace” (1 Peter 5:12).  Standing firm in this grace means they need to maintain a certain type of conduct, even when facing trials.  This comes to the forefront beginning in verse 13.

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1 Peter 1:6b-12 Salvation Revisited Part 2

Peter begins his epistle by reminding the readers of salvation.  The first five verses he refocuses his audience on the glorious salvation. (You can read more here). 

The author beginning in verse 6 is still  concerned with the salvation we have received, the glorious grace given to us.  In his concern he wants to show how suffering can fit into a doctrine of salvation (soteriology).

Suffering’s Role in Salvation

Peter views suffering as an opportunity to show the genuineness of our faith.  Just like putting gold and silver through fire shows the genuineness of the precious metal, our faith is found genuine when we endure trials and stay faithful (verse 7).

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The Death Penalty

The question of the Death Penalty is an emotional question.  It is not only emotional, but it is also multifaceted.  Periodically, the question of the death penalty comes to the forefront.  This has happened this particular week as people have paid attention to the appeals and ultimate rejection of the appeals and then execution of a man in Georgia.  This post is not about this case at all.  I do not know the facts of the case and have not followed the news story.

This post is simply answering the question: Is the death penalty ever appropriate?

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