1 Peter 1:1 “…to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia”
The last recorded words of Christ tell us to go, and as we are going, to make disciples of all nations. The Jewish church members had been telling those they came in contact with in Jerusalem about Christ. Now God is using persecution to send them out into the world, and they are sharing Christ as they go. I think we get too hung up on the going part when we should be focusing on the telling as we go. I don’t think God had to force the early Christians to go out. He just used what was there. Some who had come to Jerusalem from other countries for the Passover and had become believers took the Gospel with them when they returned home. I think today, if we would focus more on telling where ever we are, we won’t have to worry about the going.
Did some study of the time of the letter. There is also the idea that the Dispersion refers to Gentile believers who were scattered among the nations due to persecution from Rome. Either way works with the content of the message, share as you go.
3 “..hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ…”
God created us and now has caused us to be born again through faith in His Son.
6-7 “…ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith…might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”
God knows our hearts. Most of the time we do not. Part of allowing us to go through trials of faith is to strengthen our faith, but some of it is to show how real it is to us. How comforting to realize when we go through a trial that we have continued with Him, that our faith is genuine.
10 “…the prophets have enquired and searched diligently…”
We sometimes think the prophets knew and understood everything God was telling them to prophesy, but they probably didn’t. They just trusted and obeyed as God told them. Great examples for us.
17-19 “…pass the time of your sojourning here in fear…ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things…But with the precious blood of Christ”
Without digging into the actual Greek term used for “fear,” I would suspect from the context that Peter referred to great reverence. We should remember the great price Christ paid for us and not treat the source of our redemption flippantly.
25 “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.”
Man’s opinion and knowledge may change, but God does not. What He has said about anything will stand forever.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!