11: The Hope in Salvation (1Pet 1:1-12)
The readers of
Peter’s epistle were pilgrims of the Dispersion (1:1). As aliens in foreign
lands, they were undergoing trials of various kinds (1:6). Peter’s epistle to
them is full of encouragement. He opens the letter by assuring them of their
identity as the elect and the great salvation they have received.
“who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time” (1:5).
Did You Know…?
1. Apostle (1:1) means “messenger.”
2. Dispersion (1:1): the dispersion of Jews
among the Gentiles after the Babylonian captivity
How does Peter identify the
What does Peter say about God’s
election in terms of the following? Briefly explain the meaning of each.
God the Father
Explain the meaning of
“begotten us again to a living hope.”
How was this new birth to a
living hope possible?
What do verses 3 and 4 tell us
about what we hope to receive but have not yet received?
Why does Peter emphasize the
future aspect of salvation in these verses?
What aspect of salvation is to
be revealed in the last time?
Verse 5 teaches us that we are
kept by God’s power. From what are we being kept?
What part do we play with
respect to God’s protection?
How does it help us in our
Christian walk to always look forward to the inheritance God has prepared for
How do the various trials we
encounter bring out the genuineness of our faith?
According to Peter, what gives
In your life, do you experience
joy inexpressible and full of glory? If not, how can you obtain this joy?
What is the concrete expression
of our faith in Christ?
What is the result of such
What do we have today that the
prophets of old inquired about and searched for carefully?
What is the message of this