The Inside Column

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 06, 2012 No Comments

A very warm welcome to all this morning. “This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

This week we start a new series on the Book of 1 Peter entitled Resurrection Living. Here is the background to 1 Peter:

1.The writer

Surprise it was Peter. He was one of the 12 disciples. His name was Simon, but Jesus changed it to Peter (John 1:42). ‘Peter’ means ‘a rock’ or ‘a stone’. In New Testament times many people could speak and read the Greek language. Peter wrote this letter in the Greek language. This meant that the good news about Jesus could spread easily. A man called Silas helped Peter to write the letter (see 5:12). Peter wrote this letter about 30 years after Jesus returned to heaven.

2. Written to…

In the first verse, Peter lists 5 countries. Most of these are in the country that we now call Turkey. On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) people from three of these countries were visiting the city of Jerusalem. Some of these people may have become Christians there. Perhaps they went home and started new churches. Peter wrote to Jews and Gentiles who had became Christians, Peter was the first to share the good news with the Gentiles.

3.Why he wrote this letter

Peter wants to encourage Christians who are suffering for Christ. Although Christians might suffer in this life, they will not suffer forever. This world is not their real home. Heaven is their real home. One day they will live with God in heaven and share God’s glory. Peter also wants his readers to understand the grace of God. He wants every Christian to know what God has done for them.

4. Application

This letter is very practical. Peter tells his readers how to live a good Christian life. Peter was with Jesus for about three years. He saw all that Jesus did. He heard all that Jesus said. Peter is writing to encourage Christians to live like Jesus.

Peter speaks about the Hope we have from salvation.

Yours in Christ

Phil

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