1 Peter 1



1 Peter 1 discusses the theme of hope in the resurrection, the believers' response to trials, the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies in Christ, the call to holiness, and the precious redemption accomplished through the blood of Jesus. Peter encourages believers to live in obedience and love in light of the salvation they have received.


  1. Greetings and Praise for God's Mercy (1 Peter 1:1-2): Peter begins the letter by addressing the recipients as the elect, scattered throughout various regions. He emphasizes their sanctification by the Holy Spirit, expressing praise for God's abundant mercy.
  2. Hope in the Resurrection (1 Peter 1:3-5): Peter praises God for the living hope provided through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This hope is described as imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for believers.
  3. Trials and Faith (1 Peter 1:6-9): Peter acknowledges the challenges faced by the believers, describing their trials as a test of their faith's genuineness. He emphasizes the joy that comes from salvation, even amid trials.
  4. Prophetic Inquiry into Salvation (1 Peter 1:10-12): Peter explores the Old Testament prophets' inquiries into the salvation that was to come through Christ. He emphasizes the privilege of the present generation to witness the fulfillment of these prophecies.
  5. Called to Holiness (1 Peter 1:13-16): Peter urges believers to prepare their minds for action and live in holiness. He emphasizes the need for obedience to God as a response to the redemption brought by Christ.
  6. A Priceless Redemption (1 Peter 1:17-21): Peter highlights the preciousness of the believers' redemption, purchased not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ, the spotless Lamb.
  7. Born Again through the Word (1 Peter 1:22-25): Peter emphasizes the believers' purification through obedience to the truth, leading to sincere brotherly love. He underscores the enduring nature of God's Word, which brought about their new birth.