• The Time That Is Past

    1 Peter 4:3–5

    As Christians, we are all too often ridiculed when we do not agree with our culture’s permissive attitude towards sexuality and substance abuse, or with the embrace of relativity and disrespect for authority figures. When people make fun of ...Read More

  • Arm Yourselves

    1 Peter 4:1–2

    When Peter says that those who suffer in the flesh have ceased from sin, he is not teaching that sinless perfection is possible in this life. Until we are glorified we will still sin. However, as John Calvin writes, if ...Read More

  • Baptism and Salvation

    1 Peter 3:21–22

    Noah’s curse on his son Ham (Gen. 9:20–25) shows us that not all who were saved by identifying themselves visibly with Noah actually had true faith. Today many outwardly profess Christ and have been baptized, but because ...Read More

  • The Spirits in Prison

    1 Peter 3:18–20

    Today’s passage holds up Christ as our primary model for enduring suffering. Yet in some ways, Noah too serves as an example for us. He did good among men who slandered him because of their sin just as we ...Read More

  • A Gentle Defense

    1 Peter 3:13–17

    Are you equipped to be a defender of the faith? Have you studied things such as the historical background of Scripture and the evidence for Christ’s resurrection so that you can answer the critics of our faith? As you ...Read More

  • The Eyes of the Lord

    1 Peter 3:10–12

    When we relate the command to bless our enemies to the rest of Scripture we may fall into one of two extremes. We can either put ourselves into unnecessary dangers by refusing always to defend ourselves, or we can use ...Read More

  • A Tender Heart

    1 Peter 3:8–9

    John Calvin says that though it is quite difficult to bless our enemies, “we ought to imitate in this case our heavenly Father, who makes his sun to rise on the unworthy.” Even our Lord pours many earthly blessings on ...Read More

  • Understanding Husbands

    1 Peter 3:7

    In several other places in the Bible, husbands are told to love their wives (Eph. 5:25). Today’s passage tells us that this is truly accomplished when husbands respect and honor their wives. John Calvin notes, “for nothing destroys ...Read More

  • Lasting Beauty

    1 Peter 3:3–6

    This passage has a message for men and women. Unlike the surrounding culture, we are not to be vainly concerned with our physical attractiveness, but we are to develop the permanent inward beauty of a godly character. Take some time ...Read More

  • Respectful Wives

    1 Peter 3:1–2

    Though Peter has the wives of non-believers in mind here, the teaching of Scripture makes it clear that the command for wives to respect the authority of their husbands is incumbent upon all married women. If you are married, do ...Read More

  • By His Wounds

    1 Peter 2:24–25

    All human beings at all times and in all places are required to obey the Lord fully and completely. However, we cannot do this. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). But ...Read More

  • Christ Our Example

    1 Peter 2:21–23

    Jesus is our example as we suffer when doing good. Like Him, we must not retaliate in kind, but we must entrust ourselves to the care of our Father knowing that He will justly repay all those who have treated ...Read More

  • Righteous Suffering

    1 Peter 2:18–20

    Though the broad teaching of Scripture sets the trajectory for the abolition of slavery, Peter’s concern is not to comment on the morality of this practice but rather to show us how we may live honorably as servants of ...Read More

  • True Freedom

    1 Peter 2:15–17

    The passage we have been studying over the past two days can be applied not only to the civil authority but also to any institution that exercises authority over us. Because we are to be subject to “every human institution ...Read More

  • Honorable Conduct

    1 Peter 2:11–12

    What is your conduct like among non-believers? Are you a faithful witness of the God of Scripture to your neighbors or to your fellow employees? Or do you behave dishonorably before the world? Spend some time in prayer today, asking ...Read More