kjv@1Peter:1:1@ Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
kjv@1Peter:1:2@ Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
kjv@1Peter:1:3@ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
kjv@1Peter:1:4@ To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
kjv@1Peter:1:5@ Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
kjv@1Peter:1:6@ Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
kjv@1Peter:1:7@ That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
kjv@1Peter:1:8@ Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
kjv@1Peter:1:9@ Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
kjv@1Peter:1:10@ Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
kjv@1Peter:1:11@ Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
kjv@1Peter:1:12@ Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
kjv@1Peter:1:13@ Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
kjv@1Peter:1:14@ As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
kjv@1Peter:1:15@ But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
I marvel that Peter can say as much so plainly to the common and intellectual both in one chapter as most men would take in volumes of books. We often think as Paul and John as the writers and Peter as the doer. If you were to go back over what he has just said and how much he just said floods of tears would suddenly flow. These are not the words of human genius, they are the words of a man who has lived this faith face to face with his Lord. He speaks of tremendous desire in the end to see Him again, to be willing to endure this present tribulation to see Him return in the glory that he himself has briefly seen in a transfiguration moment, and his love for those of 'like precious faith' who not having seen as he yet believe. If we were barely able to model our approach to life and faith similar to this man we would be all the better off.
Peter is rarely quoted by the prosperity preachers as much as the others because these earthly things were of little importance to him. This coming from a productive business man. Of the many things more likely important to him tops would be unfeigned love toward God and brethren, the testing and trying of faith to its precious purification, the furtherance of the commission of the spreading of the Gospel to the vast world beyond. The prosperity message more times than not is a direct hindrance to these types of things.
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