Author: Peter, one of the 12 apostles wrote the letter.
Purpose: to encourage believers to stand firm amid suffering.
Recipients: churches in Asia Minor facing persecution.
How can Christians have joy while they are grieving in trials?
1 Peter 1:1-12 – Born Again to a Living Hope
V. 1. Peter writes to “elect”, people chosen by God.
“Exiles” can also be “strangers” or “sojourners” – “dispersed” in Asia Minor.
I. God has chosen us as his people. (1)
God chose us and calls us his very own.
II. This world is not our home. Heaven is our true home. (1)
We are exiles, strangers, sojourners here.
V. 2. Salvation by our Triune God.
• The foreknowledge of the Father. God’s sovereign and initiating act.
• The sanctification of the Spirit. The Spirit makes us holy.
• The sprinkling of Jesus’ blood. His sacrifice brought cleansing & forgiveness.
III. We will receive a promised inheritance. (3-5)
v. 3. He caused us to be born again into a living hope.
• A living hope, through Christ’s resurrection. (3)
• An imperishable inheritance – eternity in heaven (4)
• Full salvation, guarded by God (5)
Our tears will not last long, a great reward is laid up for those who are faithful.
IV. So we rejoice in suffering (6-9)
• Though now our trials bring grief (6)
• They serve to test and prove our faith (7)
• And result in praise, glory, and honor (7)
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor 4:17)
Life as sojourners here is not easy, but by God’s grace, our lives are filled with joy.
V. And are filled with joy and love for Jesus Christ (8)
v. 9. Because the outcome of our faith, our salvation is coming.
VI. We rejoice because we live in the age of the fulfillment of the promises of Christ. (10-12)
v. 10. The prophets searched and inquired about the salvation we know.
v. 11. They inquired what person or time the Spirit predicted of Christ’s sufferings and glories.
They realized their prophesies were for a future people.
v. 12. Even angels long to look into these things.
1. God has chosen us as his people (1)
2. This world is not our home (1)
3. We will receive a promised inheritance (3-5)
4. So we rejoice in suffering (6-9)
5. And are filled with joy and love for Christ (8)
6. We rejoice in the age of fulfillment of God’s promises (10-12)