C to THE POWER OF SALVATION
I Peter 1:1-2:12
wThe Trinity and Your Salvation"
I Peter 1:1-2
April 21, 1991
One of the greatest challenges we have in life is our response
to suffering. I Peter is a book about the power of suffering.
There is an interesting sequence discovered in this book. Even
though the book is on and about suffering, the writer goes
through one-half of his letter before he addresses suffering
in a detailed manner. Because we get this out of sequence
in our lives, at times we do not respond well to suffering.
A General Outline of 1 Peter:
"The Power of Salvation" - 1 Peter 1:1-2:12
"The Power of Submission" - 1 Peter 2:13-3:12
"The Power of Suffering" - 1 Peter 3:13-5:14
Peter is the one who was referred to as Simon in John 1:40-
42 where the Bible says that Andrew, Simon's brother,
"brought him to Jesus." (John 1:42) Peter, as he is from
then referred to in the Bible, was one of the most colorful
persons in Scripture. Peter was in the inner circle of the
disciples (Peter, James and John). Peter was the one who
walked on the water to Jesus. He was the leader of the
twelve. Peter was the one whom Jesus compared to the
church in Matthew 16. He was the one who cut off the
ear of the Roman soldier when Jesus was arrested. Peter
was the one who denied Jesus three times just hours before
the crucifixion of Jesus. However, it was Peter whom
God filled with His Spirit in Acts 2 at Pentecost. He
became one of the leading figures in the 1st century world.
God took this fisherman and turned him into a mighty man
of God. Tradition tells us that Peter was martyred just
a short time after writing these letters we call I and 2
Peter. Peter was martyred by the ruthless Roman leader
named Nero. Tradition tells us that Nero wanted to crucify
Peter. Peter said he was not worthy of a death like his
Lord's. So they crucified Peter upside down.
In verse one he is refer ...
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