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    1 Peter 1 NIV

    1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. Praise to God for a Living Hope

    3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. Be Holy

    13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”And this is the word that was preached to you.

    1 - What questions come to your mind as you read this chapter of 1 Peter ?

    2 - Do you see where this passage of Holy Scripture disagrees with the teaching of men ? If so, where.

    3 - What do you see when you read it that you did not notice before ?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
    1 Peter 1 NIV

    1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. Praise to God for a Living Hope

    3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. Be Holy

    13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”And this is the word that was preached to you.

    1 - What questions come to your mind as you read this chapter of 1 Peter ?

    2 - Do you see where this passage of Holy Scripture disagrees with the teaching of men ? If so, where.

    3 - What do you see when you read it that you did not notice before ?
    Well, the first thing I see is that he calls us exiles, scattered throughout the lands. Our treasure is kept in heaven, and we endure hardships to purify our faith. Peter seems to strongly feel that faith is in the living hope, Jesus, who rose from the dead. He makes reference to Jesus being the living word. He says when we obey the truth, we have sincere love for each other, implying if we don't, we will not. He says our way of life before was empty, that which was handed down from our ancestors. He seems to strongly say that we must trust in God's sacrifice for us, and that's what purifies us and gives us love for one another. I don't see any mention of many things churches would have us do to be saved.

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    • #3
      I notice Peter calls himself an apostle. Gill comments, "[I]t is to be observed, that he does not style himself, as his pretended successor does, the head of the church, and Christ's vicar on earth; nor does he call himself the prince of the apostles, but only an apostle, as he was upon an equal foot with the rest."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by redsoxmaloney View Post

        Well, the first thing I see is that he calls us exiles, scattered throughout the lands. Our treasure is kept in heaven, and we endure hardships to purify our faith. Peter seems to strongly feel that faith is in the living hope, Jesus, who rose from the dead. He makes reference to Jesus being the living word. He says when we obey the truth, we have sincere love for each other, implying if we don't, we will not. He says our way of life before was empty, that which was handed down from our ancestors. He seems to strongly say that we must trust in God's sacrifice for us, and that's what purifies us and gives us love for one another. I don't see any mention of many things churches would have us do to be saved.
        Good comment Tom, thanks.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Baruch View Post
          I notice Peter calls himself an apostle. Gill comments, "[I]t is to be observed, that he does not style himself, as his pretended successor does, the head of the church, and Christ's vicar on earth; nor does he call himself the prince of the apostles, but only an apostle, as he was upon an equal foot with the rest."
          Very good comment Barry, thanks.

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          • #6
            1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

            Notice that Peter uses the name given to him by The Lord. He does NOT choose a name for himself, but honors The Lord by keeping the name He gave him for his entire life.

            John 1: 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

            Also we see that Peter does NOT claim any title at all, but just uses his name. He does not call himself Pope, as some claim he was the first Pope. Peter does NOT call himself, The Holy Father, or even Father. He does not claim the title of Reverend, or Pastor, or even Teacher.

            For their in but ONE POPE (which means Supreme Ruler) and that is The Lord Jesus.

            Colossians 1:15-16New Living Translation (NLT) Christ Is Supreme


            15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
            He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
            16 for through him God created everything
            in the heavenly realms and on earth.
            He made the things we can see
            and the things we can’t see—
            such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
            Everything was created through him and for him.

            Jesus told us that false leaders would come claiming to be Him.

            Luke 21:8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.

            When any mere man allows himself to be called Pope, he is allowing himself to be called The Christ. For Christ alone in the Supreme Ruler.

            Peter heard Jesus teach that no man should be called teacher, ( and of course that would also mean not to be called Pastor, Shepard)

            Matthew 23 A Warning Against Hypocrisy

            1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
            2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.
            3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
            4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
            5Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;
            6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;
            7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
            8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
            9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
            10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.
            11 The greatest among you will be your servant.
            12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

            So Peter took this teaching both literally and in the spirit. He never allowed anyone to call him by any title, but simply Peter.

            But we have mere men who have gone far beyond calling themselves Father, but call them self, The Holy Father, who is God Almighty alone and no mere man can call himself this in Truth.

            Remember that The Lord Himself told us not to follow those that do this:

            Luke 21:8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.

            Some men who make this error are not monsters, but Jesus told us not to follow them for they have not learned one of the basic lessons of Christ.

            11 The greatest among you will be your servant.
            12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.


            Any mere man who claims to have been called to be an apostle should show humility and confess that he himself is a sinner often.

            Peter did just this:

            8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

            Only those that are aware that they are not worthy are called to the ministry of Christ.

            BUT no mere man is called to be The Pope, or The Holy Father for only God alone can be called that is Truth.

            We are not called to follow any mere man, or any leader except Christ Himself. There is no mediator between God and us except Christ Himself.

            1 Timothy 2

            5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,

            For any question or need that you have always seek The Lord Jesus and Him alone.
            Last edited by Lou Newton; January 2, 2017, 02:45 PM.

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            • #7
              3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. Be Holy

              I had hoped someone would point out this question. The scripture states that he has given us new birth which is past tense.

              But goes on to state that - until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. This is future tense.

              But then states this - for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. This is present tense.

              Now according to the teaching of many we are saved and it is complete, or it took place in our past ( past tense). Then why it our salvation stated here as FUTURE TENSE and then also PRESENT TENSE ?

              Obviously God is not confused or inaccurate. But God states here that we have been saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved. What is going on here ?

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              • #8
                At first acceptance of Christ, our spirit is saved.
                Then throughout our lives He is saving our souls through conformance to His image.
                Finally at His return He will save our bodies through transformation into a new body given from Him.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Steve Hollander View Post
                  At first acceptance of Christ, our spirit is saved.
                  Then throughout our lives He is saving our souls through conformance to His image.
                  Finally at His return He will save our bodies through transformation into a new body given from Him.
                  Well I am very pleased to see that some do read, and remember what has been written here before. Well done Steve.

                  But everyone should be able to see that what the Holy Spirit revealed to me about the three stages of salvation in another passage is also revealed in 1 Peter. I feel sure that there are other witnesses to this truth all throughout The Holy Scriptures.

                  It would be fantastic if someone could post another passage that testifies to this truth.

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