1 Peter 1:1-2
(1) From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to God’s chosen people, who live as exiles scattered throughout the Roman provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (2) who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the purifying work of the Holy Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood. May God bless you with his abundant grace and peace!
(Although the New Testament does not tell us about the apostle Peter’s mission journeys, as it does the apostle Paul, 1 Peter 1:1 indicates that one of Peter’s mission journeys probably included a very large area of northern and central Asia Minor, which is modern Turkey. The geographical sequence of 1 Peter 1:1 suggests the route that Peter’s messenger, likely Silas, followed in delivering the letter of 1 Peter).
God’s Salvation and Various Trials
1 Peter 1:3-12
(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth (regeneration, to be born again) into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (4) and into an everlasting inheritance. This inheritance is kept secure (reserved) in heaven for you (5) who through faith are protected by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be fully revealed in the last time. (6) In this future salvation we greatly rejoice, although now for a short time you may have to suffer grief and go through various kinds of trials. (7) These trials have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—which is more valuable than gold, which perishes even though it is refined by fire—will abound in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation (second coming) of Jesus Christ. (8) Even though you have not seen him, you love him; and although you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, (9) because you are receiving the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
(10) Concerning God’s salvation, the (Old Testament) prophets, who prophesied about the grace that was to come to you, investigated intently and with great care, (11) seeking to find out what person or circumstances (time) the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing to when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah (Christ) and the glories that would follow. (12) It was revealed to the (Old Testament) prophets that they were not serving themselves but you when they prophesied of the things that have now been told you by those who have proclaimed the gospel (good news) message to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to understand these things.
Be Holy as God is Holy
1 Peter 1:13-25
(13) Therefore, prepare your minds for action by being fully alert and self-controlled, and set your hope on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation (second coming) of Jesus Christ. (14) As obedient children, do not be conformed to the evil passions that once controlled your lives in ignorance. (15) But just as God who called you is holy, so you be holy in all your behavior, (16) because it is written in Leviticus 11:44-45, “Be holy, because I am holy.”
(17) And since you call on a Father who judges each person’s life’s work impartially, live out your time on earth as exiles in holy fear. (18) For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were set free (redeemed, ransomed) from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, (19) but with the precious blood of Christ—like a sacrificial lamb without blemish or defect. (20) Christ was chosen before the creation of the universe, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. (21) Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, so that your faith and hope are in God.
(22) Now that you have cleansed yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have a sincere love for your fellow believers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart! (23) For you have been born again (regenerated) not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and everlasting word of God. (24) For it is written in Isaiah 40:6-8, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, (25) but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the gospel (good news) message that was proclaimed to you!