1 Peter Inductive Bible Study Lesson 2
1 Peter 1:1, 2; 4:3, 4; 5:12–14
1 Peter 1:1, 2
- To whom is Peter writing?
- How are the chosen chosen?
- In verse 2b what is the purpose of the choosing?
- If the peace that Peter wishes for his readers to experience represents an existential reality, is the grace also a reality? (Note: the last clause in 2:2 literally reads, grace to you and peace be multiplied.) Would this grace have objective existence?
- According to your understanding of grace in Peter.
- According to the Spirit of Prophecy—See, Steps to Christ, p. 68.
1 Pet 4:3, 4
- Why do the gentiles “malign you” in these verses?
1 Pet 5:12-14
- What is the function of these verses?
1 Pet 1:1, 2
- Peter is writing to church people who live outside Palestine—probably both Jews and Gentiles—who are now followers of Jesus of Nazareth, whom they have come to believe to be the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world.
- The chosen are chosen by the sanctifying work of the Spirit.
- The choosing, the sanctifying work done by the Spirit, is to enable the chosen to obey Jesus the Christ.
- For grace to be sent and multiplied it would have to have objective existence in Peter’s epistle.
- According to Steps to Christ p. 68, grace has objective existence. It is as real as the air. See quotation #20 above.
1 Pet 4:3, 4
God’s children are here maligned because they have ceased to do whatever their neighbors do. They have accepted a new Master; One with a different lifestyle for them to live.
The hostility of the gentiles is understandable in our world. People are often rude to people they can’t control. The hostility of God’s children to one another for the same reason is not so understandable.
1 Pet 5:12–14
Verse 12 is Peter’s summary statement of the significance of that which he has been teaching. (For a theological discussion of these verses see lesson 13.)
Verses 13, 14 are his good-bye.