Morning Devotion: Read I Peter

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

Peter was one of those guys that had gone through a lot in life. His life after salvation brought a multitude of experiences. He saw much evil in the world and he saw much in the goodness of God.

The Lord knew Peter would one day be that mature, strong person who would be the spiritual leader for thousands. Here in First Peter, he is that leader.

The Lord said to Peter in Luke 22:32  “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

This letter is just that, it is a letter of assurance and confidence in the midst of trial.

He writes to those who were scattered abroad. In other words, these people were scattered because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. They were scattered because the world, the government, hated believers, especially believing Jews. It was Roman rule at that time. It was, and still is, the times of the gentiles as spoken of in Daniel (Daniel chapter two). It was the iron legs of the gentile world. Today we are in the gentile’s time of the feet mixed with iron and clay. It is still of Roman rule but broken up and mixed.

Suffice it to say, these folks were being persecuted because they believed. They were strangers in foreign lands. Those places are listed as Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. These are places in what we know as modern Turkey.

As we said, he writes to the born-again believers. 1 Peter 1: 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.

In each case, each believer had the same testimony. They were called through the sanctification of the Spirit of God and obeyed the truth of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. They believed.

Jesus explained the working of the Spirit of God in John 16:7  “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

8  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9  Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”

The job of the Holy Spirit is to convict you of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. If one does not believe they are a sinner and that they are unrighteous and in danger of judgment, they are not saved.

One must realize their need of Christ and His salvation before they can ever be saved. There must always be a need seen before a salvation given. There must always be a sacrifice before there can be salvation. Jesus is that sacrifice.

1 Peter 1: 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.

The blood of Jesus Christ it that which cleanseth us from all sin. It is the sinless blood of Jesus, shed on Calvary’s cross that cleanses from sin.

Hebrews 9:22b… without shedding of blood is no remission.

1 John 1:7b… the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Those who believed lived in such a way the everyone knew they were saved; they were CHRISTIAN.  As a result, they were persecuted.

We see this persecution in Acts 8:4  “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.”

Peter was writing to these believers to give assurance and confidence in the midst of trial. Paul writes something to the same effect.

Romans 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook