Peter, The First Letter of

Peter, The First Letter of

The first letter attributed to the apostle Peter (1Pet 1:1) and one of the seven “Catholic,” or General, Letters in the NT. Prominent themes include baptism, suffering, and submission to recognized authorities (both in the church and in secular society).


Outline of Contents

1 Peter

I. Letter opening (1Pet 1:1-9)

A. Address (1Pet 1:1-2)

B. Greeting (1Pet 1:2)

C. Thanksgiving (1Pet 1:3-9)

II. Christian identity (1Pet 1:10-2:4)

A. Place in salvation history (1Pet 1:10-12)

B. Call to holiness (1Pet 1:13-21)

C. Entrance ritual (1Pet 1:22-2:4)

III. As Christ, so Christian (1Pet 2:5-10)

A. Chosen stone (1Pet 2:5-6)

B. Precious, but rejected stone (1Pet 2:7-8)

C. Chosen people (1Pet 2:9-10)

IV. Christian righteousness: reciprocal duties (1Pet 2:11-3:22)

A. To all (1Pet 2:11-17)

B. To slaves (1Pet 2:18-25)

C. To wives (1Pet 3:1-6)

D. To husbands (1Pet 3:7)

E. To all (1Pet 3:8-22)

V. The future: results of Christian righteousness (1Pet 4:1-19)

A. Dead to flesh, alive in Spirit (1Pet 4:1-6)

B. The future (1Pet 4:7-11)

C. Purification and the church (1Pet 4:12-19)

VI. Reciprocal duties continued (1Pet 5:1-11)

A. To elders (1Pet 5:1-5)

B. To all (1Pet 5:6-11)

VII. Letter closing (1Pet 5:12-14)

A. Secretary (1Pet 5:12)

B. Greetings (1Pet 5:13)

C. Farewell (1Pet 5:14)

1Pet 1:1

Salutation
1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

1Pet 1:1-9

Salutation
1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,2who have been chosen and dest ... View more

1Pet 1:1-2

Salutation
1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,2who have been chosen and dest ... View more

1Pet 1:2

2who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his blood:
May grace a ... View more

1Pet 1:3-9

A Living Hope
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrectio ... View more

1Pet 1:10-2:4

10Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry,11inquiring about the person or time ... View more

1Pet 1:10-12

10Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry,11inquiring about the person or time ... View more

1Pet 1:13-21

A Call to Holy Living
13Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he ... View more

1Pet 1:22-2:4

22Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart.23You have b ... View more

1Pet 2:5-10

5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Chri ... View more

1Pet 2:5-6

5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Chri ... View more

1Pet 2:7-8

7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,”8and
“ ... View more

1Pet 2:9-10

9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of dar ... View more

1Pet 2:11-3:22

Live as Servants of God
11Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul.12Conduct yourselves ... View more

1Pet 2:11-17

Live as Servants of God
11Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul.12Conduct yourselves ... View more

1Pet 2:18-25

The Example of Christ's Suffering
18Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who a ... View more

1Pet 3:1-6

Wives and Husbands
1Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over with ... View more

1Pet 3:7

7Husbands, in the same way, show consideration for your wives in your life together, paying honor to the woman as the weaker sex, since they too are also heirs ... View more

1Pet 3:8-22

Suffering for Doing Right
8Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.9Do not repay evil for e ... View more

1Pet 4:1-19

Good Stewards of God's Grace
1Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh h ... View more

1Pet 4:1-6

Good Stewards of God's Grace
1Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh h ... View more

1Pet 4:7-11

7The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers.8Above all, maintain constant love for one another, ... View more

1Pet 4:12-19

Suffering as a Christian
12Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happeni ... View more

1Pet 5:1-11

Tending the Flock of God
1Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the ... View more

1Pet 5:1-5

Tending the Flock of God
1Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the ... View more

1Pet 5:6-11

6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.8Discipl ... View more

1Pet 5:12-14

Final Greetings and Benediction
12Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you and to testify that th ... View more

1Pet 5:12

Final Greetings and Benediction
12Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you and to testify that th ... View more

1Pet 5:13

13Your sister church in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark.

1Pet 5:14

14Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

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