Book of 1stPeter
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|Peter, one of the 12 disciples and now an Apostle (v 1:1).||
This letter was written around the time or shortly after the city of Rome had been
taken and burnt by Nero, during that time Nero was persecuting the Christians.
Peter wrote this letter from Babylon, verse 5:13.
To encourage the fellow believers in the faith.
1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To the select sojourners who have left Jerusalem and are now scattered in various lands. 2The elect in the faith, who are washed in the blood of Christ, having foreknowledge of God the Father and are following the Holy Spirit in obedience, grace and peace.
3Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through His abundant mercy has given us a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 4Having been given an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance in heaven. 5We are kept by the power of God through faith, that our salvation may be revealed in the endtimes. 6Because of this, we greatly rejoice, even though for a season we are grieved, going through various trials. 7These trials are to test and perfect our faith, that is more precious than gold, afterwards finding genuine praise, honor, glory and the knowledge and revelation of Jesus Christ. 8Though we have not seen Him, we love Him and through believing we rejoice with joy inexpressible. 9Thereby receiving the end of our faith, which is the salvation of our souls.
10This is the salvation that was intended for you that the prophets wrote about, earnestly inquiring about it, but not fully understand it. 11They wrote of the great glories that would come after the sufferings of Christ. 12While this salvation was revealed to the prophets of old, they were actually ministering to us of things that have now taken place, things that even angels desire to look into.
13Therefore, guard your minds, being single minded and fully rest on the grace you have from the knowledge and revelation of Jesus Christ. 14Be obedient to the Word, not conforming to your past lusts, as in the days of your ignorance. 15But as He who called you, is holy, you also shall be holy in all your conduct. 16For it is written; Be holy, for I am holy, Leviticus 19:2, 20:7.
17And when you call out to the Father, remember that He judges without partiality according to your works, therefore, conduct yourself in all righteousness. 18Knowing that you were not redeemed from your foolish conduct with corruptible things, such as silver or gold, nor were you redeemed by the traditions of your fathers. 19But you were paid for with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without spot or blemish. 20Jesus Christ was made flesh for our sake and this was the plan before the foundations of the world. 21For Jesus believed God the Father and was raised up from the dead being given glory, so that our faith and hope might be placed in God.
22Having purified yourselves in obeying the truth and being led by the Spirit in true love, love one another with a pure heart. 23You have been born again not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible seed, through the Word of God that lives and abides forever. 24Because all flesh will perish and all the greatness of man will also fade away. 25But the Word of the Lord, (the good news of the gospel), endures forever, as it has been preached to you.
1Therefore, laying aside all ungodly feelings of, hatred, deceitfulness, hypocrisy, covetousness and evil speaking. 2Just as innocent new born babes desiring the pure milk of the Word, that you also may grow from it. 3If indeed you have realized that the Lord is graciousness.
4Turning to the Lord, as a living stone, rejected by other men but chosen and precious to God. 5You are as living stones building a spiritual house, having come into a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices through Jesus Christ that are acceptable before God. 6For scripture says; I lay in Zion, a Cornerstone, (Christ Jesus), elect and precious and he whom believes on Him will by no means be put to shame, Isaiah 28:16.
7Therefore those who believe, find Him precious. But, those who do not believe, through their disobedience, it is written; The Stone which the builders have rejected, has become the chief Cornerstone, 8a stumbling-block and a Rock of offense, Psalm 118:22. For as they are disobedient to the Word, to which they also were appointed, they stumble.
9But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, His own special people, that you might proclaim the praises of Him who has brought you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10Once you were not in the family of God, but now you are in His family, before you had not obtained mercy, but now you have obtained His mercy.
11Beloved, I pled with you as sojourners, to abstain from fleshly lusts that war against your soul. 12Keep your conduct honorable among your unbelieving friends, that even as they speak evil against you, they may see your good works and glorify God, in the last days. 13Therefore, submit yourselves to the authorities and to governors, as if they were supreme. 14Even they who are sent to deliver correction to the guilty, or praises to those who do good. 15For, the will of God is that through your doing good, you may silence the foolish men in their ignorance. 16In your liberty you are free, however do not use your liberty as an excuse to pursue your own vices, but be faithful bondservants of God. 17Honor all people, love your fellow brothers in the Lord, fear God and respect authorities.
18Servants, submit to your masters, not only to they who are good but also to the harsh. 19It is commendable if you are persecuted because of your good conscience for God. 20For if you take beatings for your own errors, it is of no credit, but if you are beaten for doing good and you take it peaceably, it is of much credit before God. 21For this you have been called, as Christ also suffered for us, being an example that others should follow in His steps. 22Whom had committed no sin nor was there any deceit found in His mouth. 23Whom did not return evil for evil, nor as He suffered did He threaten, but yet submitted Himself to the Father, who judges righteously. 24Whom Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we who died to sins might live for righteousness and by His strips we were healed. 25For once you had gone astray as sheep, but now have returned to God, the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1Wives, likewise, submit yourself to your own husbands, that even if he does not obey God's Word, without you saying a word, he may be won over. 2Simply by observing your godly conduct. 3Do not let your adornment be merely outward, arranging of the hair, wearing of jewelry or of fine apparel. 4Rather let it also be hidden within your heart. Having the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5This is the beauty that was apparent in the holy women of old, as they also adorned themselves and were submissive to their own husbands. 6Just as Sarah obeyed the headship of Abraham, likewise, you should do the same, for you are the true daughters of Sarah.
7Husbands, dwell with your wives in understanding of the marriage relation, give honor to your wives as to the weaker vessel. Realizing that you are heirs together in the graces of God, so that your prayers are not hindered.
8Finally, may all of you be of like mind, with compassion for one another, loving one another, tenderhearted and courteous. 9Do not return evil for evil, but on the contrary, bless them, knowing that you were called to do this, so that you might inherit a blessing. 10Let him who wishes to love life refrain from speaking evil or deceit. 11May he turn away from evil, doing good and pursuing peace. 12For the LORD looks upon the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers, but the LORD is against those who do evil.
13Who is there to hurt you if you are a zealous follower of that which is good? 14But even if you are harmed for righteousness sake, you are blessed. Do not even be afraid or troubled by their threats. 15But in your heart, acknowledge God as holy and always be ready to testify, in a gentile and respectable way, of the hope that is within you. 16Having a clean conscience, that when these men who speak against you, as evildoers and revile your good conduct in Christ, may be ashamed. 17For it is better for righteousness sake that you suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18For Christ suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust. That He might bring all men to God, He was put to death in the physical body, but made alive in the Spirit. 19By this Spirit He also went and preached to the spirits that were bound. 20For before the time of Noah these spirits were found to be disobedient. Now God's patience endured, while the ark was being built, in which only eight souls were saved through the water. 21Baptism, is now a type that saves us, not by the removal of the filth of the flesh, but by the birth of a clean conscience towards God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 22Who is sitting in heaven at the right hand of God and the angels, authorities and powers have been made subject under Him.
1Therefore since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, we also need to have the same mind-set, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin. 2That he should no longer live out his days with the lusts of the flesh, but for the will of God. 3For most of our past was spent in the ways of the world, when we walked in evil ways of, lusts, drunkenness and abominable idolatries. 4Now that you are out of these things, your past friends find it strange that you no longer participate with them and because of this, they even speak evil of you. 5But they shall give an account to Him whom judges the living and the deed. 6This was why the gospel was preached also to the unsaved, so that they might be judged according to their works done in the flesh and live according to the spirit.
7But now, the end is near, therefore, be sober-minded and watchful in your prayers. 8Above all things love one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9Don't complain but be hospitable to one another. 10For as each person has received their own gifting, minister it to one another as good stewards of the grace of God. 11If anyone speaks, let him speak with the authority of God Himself. If anyone ministers, let him fully use the gifting that God has given him, that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs all glory forever.
12Beloved, do not think it strange, the trials that are currently testing you. 13But rejoice to the extent that you partake in Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14Blessed are you, if people reprove you for barring the name of Christ, for the Spirit of God's glory is upon you. They have blasphemed and spoken evil of Christ, but you have glorified Him. 15But may none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, or a gossip, as in other people's matters. 16Yet if any of you do suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but rather glory in the matter. 17For judgment will begin first with the children of God and then will come to the unbelievers, just imagine what their fate will be. 18For if the righteous person is barely saved, what will become of the godless and wicked? 19Therefore, let those who suffer, according to the will of God, commit their souls to Him, the faithful Creator.
1I honor, the elders among you. I too am a fellow elder, a witness of the sufferings of Christ and a partaker of the glory to come. 2Serving the people as an overseer, not out of duty or for dishonest gain but willingly. 3Nor lording it over the people of God, but leading them by our good example. 4This will give you an eternal crown of glory. 5The younger people should also submit themselves to their elders and all shall live in submission to one another. For God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble, Proverbs 3:34.
6Therefore humble yourself under God, that He may exalt you in due time. 7Casting all of your concerns on Him, for He cares about you. 8Be of solid character and watchful, because your enemy the devil prowls about seeking who he may devour. 9Resist the devil, stand strong in the faith, knowing that all brothers in the faith are also tested by Him. 10But after we have endured a while, the God of all grace, who has called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, shall strengthen us, establish us and make us perfect. 11To Him be glory and power forever.
12I am sending you this letter through Silvanus, a faithful
brother. I have written to you to testify of God's true grace, in which you stand.
13The church here in Babylon greets you and so does our brother
14Greet one another with a holy kiss in love. Peace be to all
who are in Christ Jesus,