1 Peter 1:1-9 and 2 Peter 1:1-2
What does it mean?
1. Who wrote these epistles, and to whom were they written?
2. In 1 Peter 1:1-5 what has God done? What does “caused us to be born again” mean? What is living hope? Peter describes our inheritance as, “imperishable, undefiled and unfading”. What is our inheritance? Why do you think he goes to such lengths to describe it?
3. What is “kept in heaven for you” and what does “guarded through faith” mean?
4. What does “a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” mean?
5. In Peter 1:6-9, Peter says, “if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials…” What are the criteria for determining if our grieving is necessary?
6. According to the text, how is our faith proven genuine? What are the evidences we ought to expect?
7. What is the relevance of Peter telling us that we haven’t and don’t see Jesus?
8. How is grief related to rejoicing with “joy inexpressible” according to the text?
9. In connection with 1 Peter 1:1-9 and as used in 2 Peter 1:1-2, what is “faith”?
10. What does “obtained a faith as equal as ours” mean in this text? How was the “faith of equal standing” obtained?
11. How will “grace and peace” be multiplied? How is Peter using knowledge here?
12. How would you summarize 1 Peter 1:1-9 and 2 Peter 1:1-2?
How does it apply?
1. What makes you certain of something? What makes you believe something is true?
2. What does someone look like who lives with a “living hope”?
3. What sorts of circumstances has God used to make our inheritance more real to you?
4. Has there been suffering that God has used in your life to bring greater joy? What happened?
5. Has there been someone in your life that simultaneously experienced deep grief and inexpressible joy? What did that look like? What impact did their response have on you?
6. How can you live this week believing you have been given the full righteousness of Christ and are on equal standing and have equal access as any other follow of Christ?
7. As Peter started both of his letters, what impact do you think he hoped these verses would have on our thinking? Feelings? Behavior?