This Sunday evening I will begin preaching through the book of 1 Peter.
But before we dive in, I want to give you a sneak peak into what makes this book so special.
For one, 1 Peter contains a summary of essential Christian knowledge. Want to know what it means to be a Christian? 1 Peter is a great place to start — it is thoroughly Trinitarian, it speaks much of Christ and our relationship with him, and it teaches us how to live as Christians. As Edmund Clowney put it, 1 Peter is “the most condensed New Testament résumé of the Christian faith and of the conduct that it inspires.”
A second reason we should meditate on 1 Peter is that it will especially help us understand our relationship to the world. 1 Peter was probably written to Christians who had been exiled from Rome and forced onto the frontiers of the Empire because of their Christian faith and lack of Roman citizenship. In a sense, they were doubly exiled: first as Christians, second as foreigners. Struggling to live with their pagan neighbors while also maintaining a Christian witness was not easy and often led to suffering “all kinds of trials” (1 Peter 1:6). Though the intensity of suffering will differ among Christians, all true believers will face it to some degree; 1 Peter tells us why and how we are to live in light of that.
A third reason to give your attention to 1 Peter is that it draws often from the deep well of the Old Testament. Learning 1 Peter will not only help you better understand the Old Testament, but it will also show you the intimate connections you have with God’s people of the past.
For these and other great reasons, this small portion of God’s Word deserves our full attention. It is, as Martin Luther called it, “one of the noblest books in the New Testament.”
So I can’t wait to start this Sunday. Please pray for me and ask that through God’s Word we would all come to recognize “the true grace of God” and thus “stand firm in it” (1 Peter 5:12).