1 Peter 1. Forum Discussion

The hope that we have in Jesus will never fade away

ABOUT 1 PETER:

Today we will begin our study of 1 Peter. In this book, the apostle Peter writes about persecution, suffering and how Jesus is our perfect example. Just as Jesus was persecuted, suffered and raised to glory, we should not be surprised when we experience suffering in this world.

This is an important and practical book. We need to understand what God’s inspired word has to say about suffering. The Bible tells us that we all are going to experience suffering in our lives. It also tells us that the suffering will not last forever. As Peter writes in 1 Peter 5:10, “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

One of the most powerful verses in this book is found in the 4th chapter. “Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” – 1 Peter 4:19. What Peter is talking about here is no small commitment. He is writing about going, “All-in.” He is writing about entrusting our souls to God and living to do what is right.

Peter explains that once we make the decision to fully commit ourselves, we obtain an inheritance that:

  • Is imperishable.
  • Is undefiled.
  • Will Never fade away.
  • Is reserved in heaven for us.

As we read chapter 1, it is useful to put the timing of Peter’s letter into proper context. 1 Peter was written approximately 60+ years after Jesus’ resurrection. Peter writes simultaneously about suffering and hope. Suffering and hope have an interesting relationship. When one has reached a point in their lives where they are suffering, and at the same time filled with hope, they are demonstrating a mature faith.

Knowing that the hope that we have in Jesus will never fade away is a tremendous blessing. And while it is indeed a tremendous blessing, God will not force this blessing upon us. Instead, He gives us freewill to decide whether we are going to accept this precious gift.

In life, many people will try to comfort themselves by mistakenly thinking that most people go to heaven. Have you ever noticed that just about all funerals talk about how the deceased is now, “In a better place?” Sadly, belief that most people will get to heaven is not in agreement with God’s word. Jesus tells us in Mathew’s Gospel that, “The gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Mathew 7:13-14.

Peter understands how difficult navigating through all of life’s temptations can be. He encourages us with the following beautifully written words found in verses 13-16 of today's chapter, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 1 Peter 2. We will be talking about why the hope that we have in Jesus will never fade away. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Donna JesusFollower

The verse from 1 Peter 1 that stuck out for me was being reminded that we are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, not the silver and gold from our futile way of life. We cannot trust in money or comfort, as it can fade so quickly. The love of God will never fade.

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Sithembire shaba

Thank you so much for sharing with us such beautiful passage, may the good Lord help us to put the word into practice, we should all live it.

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Dan W

Thank you for feeding our souls with God's good Word!

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Virtual Bible Study

What does the following scripture mean to you?

“And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” - 1 Peter 5:10.

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Michael
Virtual Bible Study

I take two things from this beautiful and reassuring scripture;

1) That I will not suffer forever. I need to remember that during the dark times of my life. Whatever suffering I am going through, God knows about it, and it will not last forever.

2) After God's grace relieves me from suffering, He is going to:

PERFECT
CONFIRM
STRENGTHEN
AND ESTABLISH me.

That is such a comforting scripture to read. Our God is an awesome God!

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Johnee
Virtual Bible Study

It means as Children of God we will pass through suffering, trials, rejections and hardship as results of our faith. But at the end God will perfect us, confirm us, strengthen and establish us

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Michael
Johnee

Exactly!

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Mustang

Amen! 1 Peter is my go to source when I need to be reminded what God has to say on the subject of suffering. Suffering is an important part of life. As the Bible says, it teaches us things that God wants us to know. It strengthens us, and helps us to glorify God, if we handle it in a Godly way. Thank you for this study!

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