Week 50  Day 4


It's good to hear from Peter again 

I like his use of the word "pilgrim" 


He writes to pilgrims not saints 

            more specifically

            those believers

            who were scattered and

            had to flee their homes in Jerusalem

            like refugees

            because of persecution 


To ease their pain he tells them about heaven

            a place reserved for them 


            rock solid 

            no one can take it away from you


Be steadfast 

            keep believing 

            even suffering has its benefits.



You will see references to familiar names in this section 





These leaders of the early church 
            were not in competition

            but rather supported

            and aided each other 


            each one secure enough in their calling

            to be co-workers


            going into all the world 

            teaching  preaching  healing  baptizing 

            in the uniting name of Jesus.




                      CHOSEN, SCATTERED, PURIFIED

        Renewed by suffering, thankful for God's mercies,

                                       and full of hope.

                                           I Peter 1 & 2


    1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the

Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia:  

2Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

    3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again

to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from

the dead, 4to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, that

does not fade away and is reserved in heaven for you, 5who

are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation

which is ready to be revealed in the last time.

    6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a while you have

been grieved by various trials, 7that the genuineness of your

faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though

it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at

the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8whom having not seen you love. 

Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice

with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9receiving the end of

your faith--the salvation of your souls.

    13Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your

hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the

revelation of Jesus Christ.

    18Know that you were not redeemed with corruptible

things, like silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of

Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.  20He

indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world,

but was manifest in these last times for you  21who through

Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead. 

    22Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth

through the Spirit, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

23having been born again, not of corruptible seed but

incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides

forever, 24because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of

man as the flower of the grass.  Grass withers, and its flower

falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever."  Now

this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

    1Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy,

envy, and all evil speaking, 2as newborn babes, desire the pure

milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3if indeed you

have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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