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I & 2 PETER – LESSON 1


I. THE GREAT SALVATION (1:1-12)

A. A salvation for the elect (1:1-2)

1. Sojourners dispersed in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia

2. According to:

a. God’s foreknowledge

b. In connection with the sanctification of the Spirit

c. Unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Christ

B. A Salvation worthy of thanksgiving (1:3-5)

1. For God’s mercy – begotten again

2. For Christ’s resurrection – a living hope: indestructible inheritance in heaven

3. For God’s Power – guarded through faith

C. A Salvation for which to suffer (1:6-9)

1. Rejoicing though faith tested by trials – praise, glory and honor awaiting at the revelation of Jesus Christ

D. A Salvation of interest to prophets and angels (1:10-12)

1. Prophets prophesied by Spirit of Christ’s sufferings and glories – searched diligently.

2. Revealed now by those who preach the Gospel

3. Angels desire to look intently into this salvation


QUESTIONS:

 

1. Does Peter addressing those “sojourners of the dispersion” imply that his readers were Jews?


2. Draw a map of Asia Minor and identify where Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia are located:


3. Explain how God’s “foreknowledge” and our “obedience” fits together in being God’s “elect” without violating our “free will”:


4. What is the “Spirit’s work” in our “sanctification”?


5. Why is “obedience” and “sprinkling” brought together in describing the “elect”?


6. We could not have been begotten again without what attitude of God?


7. For Jesus to be our “hope” what must have occurred?


8. Why do you want the inheritance promised to those who live in hope?


9. What kind of trials were Peter’s readers undergoing?


10. Why can the believer rejoice in his or her trials?


11. How do the ancient prophets minister to the modern believer?


12. How is the great salvation announced?   Why can you trust in it today?


13. Besides he ancient prophets, who else is interested in our salvation?  Why is this a remarkable fact?




 I & 2 PETER – LESSON 2


II. THE CALL TO HOLINESS (1:13-25)

A. The DEMAND of Holy Living (1:13-17)

1. A well-balanced mind, and a perfectly set hope

2. Obedience unto God in all facets of living

3. Fear Jehovah – Judgment is without respect of persons.

B. The APPEAL of Holy Living (1:18-21)

1. Redeemed by the blood of the lamb

2. Lamb foreordained before the foundation of the world – now manifested for our sake.

3. Through Christ’s resurrection, we can be believers in God

C. The MEANS to Holy Living (1:22-25)

1. Obedience to the truth of the Gospel

2. Responsibility of this truth: love brethren with an unfeigned and fervent love

3. The truth is embodied in the incorruptible seed of the Gospel


QUESTIONS:

1. What two things can be said of the mind of the person who is going to Heaven?


2. How do you know that such a mind will first be a ready, resolved or determined mind?


3. How can we be sure that we are holy?


4. Why should the Christian be living a life characterized as being holy?  Define “Holiness” by giving some situations that occur, and     how one living a life of holiness will thus conduct himself or herself:


5. Describe the “fear” a Christian should have of God:


6. What does the word “redeemed” say about the seriousness of sin?


7. When was Christ “foreknown”?  What does this say about God’s dealing with man while allowing him free-will?


8. Why was Jesus raised from the dead, and glorified?


9 How does one become “born again”?


10. Describe the love one should have for his brethren:

a. Give some examples that clearly show this love present:

b. Give some examples that clearly show this love absent: