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The Book of 1 Peter

Timeline of the Bible

God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. --- David is Israel's greatest king.--- Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---   The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. --- Paul and other apostles write letters to Christians in other places.  This book of the Bible happens during this time  In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.


This book was a letter written by Peter to Christians living in Asia Minor. It was written in about 64 A.D.

Some scholars do not think it was really written by Peter. They feel the language was from someone more educated than Peter. Other scholars feel that it was written by Peter.

When the letter was written, Nero was the Roman emperor. After a big fire in Rome, Nero wanted people to stop blaming him, so he started blaming the Christians. He said they set fire to the city. He started having the Christians in Rome arrested and killed.   Peter wrote this letter to support and encourage the Christians who lived in areas of the Roman Empire.

Later, Peter was also killed by Nero.  He was crucified upside down on a cross.


1 Peter 1 - 5

Jesus is our living stone.
Stay focused and live holy lives.
Christians should behave like Christ during their hard times.
We suffer at times, but God will save us.

Instructions for church leaders

1 Peter 1

You can have hope in Christ even in hard times.

This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.  The letter is to Christians who live in the areas of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.

[1] Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

God the Father has selected you and made you clean by the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus Christ. I send grace and peace to you.

[2] Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Our God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ is blessed. His great mercy gives us hope. Jesus Christ was resurrected and lives again. You will live again and live forever. Heaven has a place for you that is perfect and will never go away.

[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
[4] To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

The power of God will save you. Your faith in God will help you. God will save you to live forever.

[5] Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Even if you are going through a hard time, rejoice and be happy.
[6] Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

Hard times will test your faith. These times are more precious than gold.  Gold can be destroyed if it is heated in fire. Your faith will cause you praise and honor when you see Jesus Christ.

[7] That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

You love Jesus even though you have never seen Him.  Your faith in Jesus makes you have joy. You are full of glory. Your faith saves your souls.
[8] Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
[9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

In the past, prophets told about grace that would come to you.  They knew Jesus was coming and would suffer to save us. But they didn't know when He would come.

[10] Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
[11] Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

Now that Jesus has come, we preach the gospel.  The Holy Spirit was sent from heaven to help us. Even the angels want to know more.

[12] Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Stay focused and live holy lives.

So, you must prepare your minds. Be alert and be focused.  Keep hoping for the grace that will come to you when Jesus returns.

[13] Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Obey God's laws the way children obey their parents. Don't do sinful things like you did before you were saved.

[14] As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

Jesus said, "I am holy. You should be holy." Like Jesus is holy, you should be holy in everything you say.

[15] But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
[16] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Always respect God the Father.  He judges people by their actions. He loves all people the same.

[17] And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

You were not saved with silver and gold. Those metals will decay. You were not saved by things that your parents and ancestors said. You were saved by Christ's blood. His blood was precious. He was like a perfect lamb that did not have any spots.

[18] Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
[19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Jesus' future was already planned before the world was created. No one could see Him until the recent times when He was on the earth.
He was here to save you.
[20] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

You believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. He gave Him glory. Now, you have hope.

[21] Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

You became pure because you obeyed the truth through the Holy Spirit.  You have loved your brothers. Continue to love your brothers with a pure heart.

[22] Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

You are born again from the word of God. That cannot be corrupted or made bad. God's word lives and stays forever.

[23] Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

All flesh is like grass. The glory of man is like grass. Grass just dries up, and flowers die.

[24] For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

But God's word lives forever. This is the word of the gospel that is preached to you.

[25] But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

1 Peter 2

Jesus is our living stone.

Don't continue to think badly.  Don't be hypocrites.  Don't be jealous and say evil things. Be like newborn babies. Cry for the sincere milk of the word of the Lord. The word will make you grow.

[1] Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
[2] As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

You already know that the Lord is good.
[3] If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Come to Jesus like a living stone. God chose Him, but men rejected Him. God chose Him so He is precious.

[4] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

You are also like a stone house where people make sacrifices to God by Jesus Christ.

[5] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

The scripture says, "See, I am putting a cornerstone in Zion. He is the main cornerstore.  He is precious. Anyone who believes in Him will not be confused."

[6] Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

You believers know that Jesus is the cornerstone, and that He is precious.  But people who do not obey Jesus do not see that the stone is precious. They are the builders that threw away the cornerstone because they didn't think it was good enough. Now, Jesus is the most important stone.

[7] Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

The people who didn't see the importance of the stone tripped over it. They did not obey the word. They stumbled and sinned.
[8] And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

But, you are special people. You are a royal priesthood. Your nation is holy. You praise God who has called you out of darkness. He has called you into His wonderful light.

[9] But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

You were in the darkness. Now, you are God's people. You did not have mercy in the past.  Now, you have God's mercy.

[10] Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

You should live like servants to do God's work.

Dear beloved, I am begging you to resist tempation. Temptation is war against your soul.
[11] Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Be honest when you are talking to people who are not Jewish. Even if they are saying bad things about you, behave well.  They will see that you have good behavior. They will give you glory on the day when Jesus returns.
[12] Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

You should follow the rules of your government to honor the Lord. It doesn't matter if it's a king or local government. They are sent by the Lord to punish people who break the laws and to praise the people who obey the laws.

[13] Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
[14] Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

When you do the right things, you make the ignorant and foolish men quiet.  That is God's will.

[15] For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

You are free because you are God's servants.  But, you should not use this freedom as an excuse to do bad things.

[16] As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

You should honor all men. You should love all of your brothers. You should respect and honor God. You should obey your government's rules.

[17] Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Christians should behave like Christ during their hard times.

Workers, you should obey your bosses. You should obey all of your bosses:  the good and fair bosses and the bosses who are not good.

[18] Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

If a man who loves God goes through tough times and continues to obey God, it is very good.  What good is it if a bad man is punished for doing bad things? He deserved to be punished. But if a good man has bad times, and he continues to obey God, God will bless this.

[19] For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
[20] For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

Christ called us to suffer even if we don't deserve it. He wants us to follow his example. He
did not sin. He never said anything bad.
[21] For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
[22] Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

People made fun of him and criticized him. He suffered, but he didn't threaten the people who were bad to him.  He stayed focused on God. He knew that God would judge everyone fairly.

[23] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

He took our sins on his own body on the cross. Now, we don't sin. We live righteous lives. His stripes (wounds from when He was beaten) healed us.

[24] Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

In the past, you were like lost sheep. But now,  you are back with your Shepherd and the leader of your souls.
[25] For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1 Peter 3

Instructions for married women.

This message is for women who are married.  You should respect and follow your husband. Even if he is not a Christian, he may learn to follow Jesus by watching your actions. He will listen to your good words and see your respect for God.

[1] Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
[2] While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

Things like fancy clothes or fancy hair do not make a woman beautiful.  God looks at what is in her heart. God values a meek and quiet spirit.

[3] Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
[4] But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Women in the past trusted God. They respected and followed their husbands. Sara obeyed her husband, Abraham.  She called him lord.   You are the true daughters of Sara.  Don't be afraid of anything.

[5] For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
[6] Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Instructions for married men.

Husbands, do the same. Honor your wives.  They are not as strong. Together, you will inherit grace. Your prayers will not be limited.

[7] Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Finally, all of you should do these things:  believe the same things, have compassion for each other, love as brothers, have mercy on others, and have courtesy.

[8] Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

God will help you when you are suffering.

You should not take revenge if someone doesn't treat you well. You should not scream at someone even if they scream at you. Remember that you are blessed by God. He has called you. You will inherit His blessing.

[9] Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

The person who will love life and be happy will not talk about bad things. He will reject evil. He will do only good things. He will seek peace.
[10] For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
[11] Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

The Lord watches over people who are righteous and obey Him.  His ears listen to their prayers. But, the Lord does not look kindly at people who do evil.

[12] For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

If you are doing good things and follow God, who will hurt you?
[13] And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

If you suffer because you are doing good things, be happy.  Don't be worried or afraid of what can happen to you.

[14] But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

Keep the Lord God in your hearts. People will see how good and brave you are. They may ask you why you continue to have hope.  Be ready to tell them about Jesus.

[15] But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

When you honor Christ and do the right things, evil people will tell lies about you.  They will want to make you look bad.

[16] Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

If it is God's will for you to suffer, it is better to suffer than to do evil things.

[17] For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Christ also suffered because He was doing the right things. He took the sins for us so that He could bring us to God.  His earthly body was killed, but His spirit still lives.

[18] For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

He preached to the spirits in prison through Noah. They had not obeyed God when Noah was building the ark. The 8 people in the ark were saved by water.

[19] By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
[20] Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Even now, water saves with baptism. Baptism by itself does not make a person clean. The person must obey God and believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected. He has gone to heaven.  He sits on the right hand of God.  Angels obey Him. He has all power.

[21] The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
[22] Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

1 Peter 4

Continue to pray and be faithful.

Christ suffered for us when He was on earth. You should be like Christ. If you suffer for Christ, that shows you are not sinning anymore. That shows you have put your own desires to the side. That shows that you obey God more than anything else.

[1] Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
[2] That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

You sinned a lot in the past. You drank alcohol a lot and partied a lot.

[3] For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Your sinner friends think it's strange that you don't do those things anymore. They talk bad about you.

[4] Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

They will have to explain themselves when God judges them.

[5] Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

This is why the gospel was preached to people who are now dead. It was so they would live in the spirit with God.

[6] For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

Everything will end, so be serious and continue to pray.

[7] But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Most importantly, love each other.  Being loving will make up for many sins.

[8] And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Welcome each other into your homes without complaining.

[9] Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

You should use your gifts well.

Everyone has received a gift. Use your gift well and use it to help other people.

[10] As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

If anyone has the gift of speaking, he should speak God's word. If anyone has the gift of ministry, he should minister with the ability God gave him.  This way, everything will be glorified through Jesus Christ.  We praise His power forever and ever. Amen.

[11] If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

We suffer at times, but God will save us.

Loved ones, when you have a difficult time, don't think it's just an unusual event.  Be happy that you can share Christ's sufferings. When He comes back in glory, you will also be full of joy.
[12] Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
[13] But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

If people give you a hard time because you believe in Christ, be happy.  God's glory is on you. His glory is not on the people who talk bad about Him.

[14] If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

If you are a murderer, a thief, a gossip, or you do evil things, you deserve to suffer.  But if you are punished for being a Christian, don't feel ashamed. You are glorifying God.

[15] But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
[16] Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

The time of judgment will start with Christians. If it starts with Christians, it will be much worse for people who do not obey God's word.

[17] For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

If good people are barely saved, what will happen to the sinners and those who don't believe in God?

[18] And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

So, people who suffer because they obey God's laws should trust Him to save their souls.

[19] Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

1 Peter 5

Instructions for church leaders

I encourage you church leaders. I am also a church leader, and I also saw Christ suffer in person. I will also see Christ's glory when He comes back.

[1] The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Feed your flock of God's lambs which are in your congregation. Don't take care of them just because you must or for pay.  Take care of them because you want to.

[2] Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Don't be a strict or bossy leader of God's children.  Be examples to the people you lead.

[3] Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

If you do this, you will receive a crown of glory when the Lord appears.

[4] And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Also, you young people should obey your church leaders. Obey each other and remain humble. God does not like the proud people.  He gives grace to the humble people.

[5] Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Stay humble and obey God, so He will lift you high at the right time.

[6] Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Give your worries to God because He cares for you.

[7] Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Stay serious and keep watching. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion. He walks around looking for someone to destroy.

[8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Keep your faith strong. Remember that your Christian brothers are going through the same things.

[9] Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

God shows grace, and He sent Jesus Christ so that we can live forever. You will suffer here on earth, but after that, you will be in heaven. You will be perfect and strong.

[10] But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

God will have glory and power forever. Amen.

[11] To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Greetings from believers in other places.

Silvanus is a faithful helper. I have written a little to tell you that God's grace is true wherever you go.

[12] By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

The church that is in Babylon sends greetings to you. They support you. Marcus also sends greetings. He is like a son to me.

[13] The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

Treat each other well and help each other. I pray for peace to be with all of you who believers in Jesus Christ.

[14] Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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