Resources from 1 Peter

Jesus, the Stumbling Stone of Unbelievers

So it ever is where Jesus comes, he divides the company into believers and unbelievers, the obedient and the disobedient. But why are unbelievers here called disobedient? Is faith a matter of law, and because a man does not believe does he therefore disobey? How can it be otherwise? Is it not a natural duty for every man to believe that which is true? Let the very least among us...

1 Peter 2:7-8

On Humbling Ourselves Before God

PRIDE is so natural to fallen man that it springs up in his heart like weeds in a watered garden, or rushes by a flowing brook. It is an all-pervading sin, and smothers all things like dust in the roads, or flour in the mill. Its every touch is evil as the breath of the cholera-fiend, or the blast of the simoom. Pride is as hard to get rid of...

1 Peter 5:6

Coming - Always Coming

Oct 29 THE apostle is speaking of the Lord Jesus, of whom he had previously said, “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious,” and he follows that sentence up with this, “To whom coming as unto a living stone.” Now, I want to call your special attention to this present participle— this act of coming— for there is much to counsel and to comfort us in the fact...

1 Peter 2:4

The Test of Taste

Oct 12 I THINK there can be very little doubt that Peter is here quoting from Psalm xxxiv. 8: “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” As I read you the chapter just now, I could not help observing the constant traces of Old Testament language. It endears Peter to us when we see how he prizes the ancient Word of the Lord; and, at the same time, it puts...

1 Peter 2:3

Christ Precious to Believers

Mar 30 HERE we have no far-fetched statement: it belongs to every-day life. Those now present who believe can verify it on the spot: as believers, they can tell us whether the Lord Jesus is precious to them or not. We are not now about to consider an abstruse doctrine, or lose ourselves in a profound mystery of the faith; but we have before us an assertion which even a babe in...

1 Peter 2:7

The Trial of Your Faith

Dec 2 IT is a great thing if any man can truthfully speak to you, my brother, about “your faith” for all men have not faith, and wherever faith is found, it is the token of divine favour. True faith is, in every case, of the operation of the Spirit of God. Its nature is purifying, elevating, heavenly. It is, of all things that can be cultivated in the human breast, one...

1 Peter 1:7

Our Ascended Lord

Nov 7 LAST Lord’s-day morning we considered the humiliation of our divine Lord, and I think, if one may speak for the rest, that we consciously and deeply felt how very near he came to us in his suffering condition, and how very near he still is to us as truly man. On that happy occasion we had fellowship with him of the truest kind. The sympathy of his soul toward us...

1 Peter 3:22

A Seasonable Exhortation

Jul 11 To read the whole chapter is most helpful to the understanding of our text If we have studied it carefully we must have said to ourselves, “How full of their Lord were the minds of these holy writers!” Peter can scarcely write a verse without an allusion to the Lord Jesus Christ. He was not only “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,” but you can see that his heart was...

1 Peter 1:13

Luminous Words

Dec 28 OUR Lord Jesus Christ has suffered for sin, and lie has suffered to the utmost extent, for he has paid the death-penalty on his people’s behalf. Look at the 18th verse of the previous chapter: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that ho might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” Christ has fought...

1 Peter 4:1-3

A Witness and a Partaker

Nov 4 KINDLY notice, dear friends, the apostle’s great gentleness. Peter was not always thus gentle, but the Spirit of God had rested upon him, and now he writes with much tenderness. He does not say, “As an apostle, I command;” but, “As an elder, I exhort.” It is always well to combine the suaviter in modo with the fortiter in re, that is, suavity in our method blended with strength in the thing itself. There...

1 Peter 5:1