• Peter, Apostle of Christ Devotional

    1 Peter 1:1–2

    Harsh persecution for bearing the name of Christ is a reality in much of the world. Even in the West, Christians face discrimination and slander for confessing the name of Jesus. Think through some of the past or current persecution or discrimination that you have experienced for being a Christian. Ask the Lord to bless your study of 1 Peter so that you would know how to hold fast to your hope in the midst of an unbelieving and hostile world. View Resource

  • Providence Defined Devotional

    1 Peter 1:1-2

    Our Lord and Savior tells us that His people are of more value than the sparrows who never escape His sight (Matt. 10:29–31). His providence, therefore, should comfort us greatly because He puts great value on us and treats us as His special possession. We need not fear that our problems and trials escape His notice, and we can be confident that because He is God, He is working out all things for our good (Rom. 8:28). Such is the nature of His caring reign. View Resource

  • What Is Providence? Devotional

    1 Peter 1:1–2

    Even we who believe in God can sometimes be guilty of living our lives as if He did not exist. How often do we drive around town, work at the office, dig in our gardens, read a book, prepare our food, and so on without thinking that our Lord is watching and sustaining us? As you go about your business this week, endeavor to keep yourself aware of the Lord’s presence no matter what you are doing. Remember that He loves you and is working through you. View Resource

  • Three Essential Articles Devotional

    1 Peter 1:2

    In John 8:24, Jesus tells us that unless we believe He is God, we will die in our sins. But we can only understand the deity of the Son of God rightly if we understand that He, like the Father and the Holy Spirit, is fully God and yet also a person distinct from the other members of the Godhead. Let us work hard as we study the doctrine of the Trinity so that we may believe only what is true about the Son of God. View Resource

  • A Living Hope Devotional

    1 Peter 1:3–5

    John Calvin tells us that 1 Peter begins with a description of our indestructible hope so that we may “enjoy the invaluable treasure of a future life; and also that we may not be broken down by present troubles, but patiently endure them, being satisfied with eternal happiness.” Our living hope makes us able to stand firm in the midst of trouble, knowing that our ultimate reward is not found in this fallen world. Take some time to thank God for granting to us this hope. View Resource

  • Our Living Hope Devotional

    1 Peter 1:3-5

    Jesus’ death is not significant because He was a good man who died but because He was a perfect man who died and rose again. The resurrection is certain proof that death has no rightful claim on those who obey God perfectly and, therefore, that it has no rightful claim on those who are declared just by faith alone. Christ’s resurrection proves His obedience, thereby confirming our safety from God’s wrath when this merit is imputed to us. View Resource

  • Rejoice in Hope Devotional

    1 Peter 1:6–7

    Christian joy neither stoically denies the hardships of life nor pretends that we are happy when we are deeply sad. While we live in this fallen world, grief and joy exist together. We grieve because life is hard and because pain is real. But in faith we can rejoice, looking forward to the day when all will be renewed, knowing that Christ’s resurrection guarantees this hope. Find someone with whom you can share your grief and who will help you rejoice in your eternal hope. View Resource

  • Not Having Seen Him Devotional

    1 Peter 1:8–9

    Today’s passage tells us that as we love Christ, we obtain the salvation of our souls. In view here is salvation as a process, namely, the gradual renewal that we experience as we are sanctified. As we love Christ, we will grow in personal holiness and as we grow in personal holiness, we will love Him all the more. Spend some time in prayer today asking Jesus to increase your love for Him and find a way to express this love tangibly in worship and ministries of mercy. View Resource

  • Subsequent Glories Devotional

    1 Peter 1:10–12

    Today’s passage tells us that the inauguration of the new covenant in Christ included both suffering and glory. Until this covenant is consummated at the return of Jesus, suffering and glory will remain the lot of God’s people. As you suffer for the kingdom, remember that hardship is only temporary, but the glories of heaven will be eternal. Do what you can to testify about future glory as you and those around you suffer illness, discrimination, or persecution. View Resource

  • Future Grace Devotional

    1 Peter 1:13

    Until we are glorified, we must daily seek to keep our minds focused on the hope of Christ’s salvation. The presence of sin makes it all too easy for us to think that we can hope partly in Christ and partly in something else. We must turn from anything that prevents us from soberly pursuing Christ, including physical addictions and other less tangible forms of idolatry. Find some accountability to help you avoid those things that prevent you from following Jesus fully. View Resource

  • Be Holy Devotional

    1 Peter 1:14–16

    The holiness that Peter speaks of is to permeate our entire being. It is to be reflective of who we are, how we think, what we do, and what we say. If you are in Christ, God has already set you apart, even while your status as His holy child becomes more evident as you work with the Spirit to put sin to death. Today, focus on being holy with your thoughts, asking God to make your mind pure and to help you stay away from sinful thinking. View Resource

  • Your Exile Devotional

    1 Peter 1:17–19

    That the apostle Peter applies the language of exile to a largely Gentile audience just as it applies to the faithful Jewish remnant shows us that there is only one people of God. True Israel consists of all those who have placed their faith in the Messiah, whether they be Jews or Gentiles. As God’s people, we must be holy, and we must separate ourselves from the ungodliness of this world. Ask the Lord to purify your heart so that it will befit one who is a member of true Israel. View Resource

  • Made Manifest Devotional

    1 Peter 1:20–21

    Given that we are not first-hand witnesses to many of the great events in the history of redemption, like the deliverance from Egypt or the earthly ministry of Christ, it can be hard for us to consider the age in which we live to be all that important in God’s plan. Yet in our day, God is fulfilling His promise to extend the knowledge of Himself throughout the whole earth. Do what you can do be a part of this work through prayer and the financial support of missionaries. View Resource

  • Love Earnestly Devotional

    1 Peter 1:22–25

    By what standard do you measure your obedience to the Lord’s command to be holy? Do you set up a checklist of those things that God forbids and then make sure to avoid them? While such an evaluation of one’s life is not in and of itself a bad thing, we have missed the point if we think that we have fulfilled the command to be holy and yet do not love our brothers. In prayer, ask the Lord to help you love the “unlovable” and do what you can to love other believers. View Resource

  • Pure Spiritual Milk Devotional

    1 Peter 2:1–3

    What is your response to the Word of God? Do you crave it with the hunger that a newborn infant has for his mother’s milk? Or are you indifferent, thinking that your study of Scripture does not really contribute all that much to your Christian maturity? Go before the Lord today and ask Him to increase your hunger for His Word. Then, take some steps to study it eagerly so that you may know how to please God by loving others earnestly. View Resource