1 Peter 1:1-16
Our present reading is taken from the first epistle of Peter, a letter full of pastoral teaching, but without a trace of a priestly spirit.
1 Peter 1:2
Christians were not ashamed of the doctrine of election in the olden time, but styled each other “the elect.” We are chosen to be holy, and who shall deny the Lord’s right to choose men for such a purpose? Well may the apostle proceed to bless the Lord as he thinks of this choice favour.
1 Peter 1:3-5
Observe that the inheritance is kept for the saints, and the saints for the inheritance. Christ who has gone to prepare heaven for us has sent the Holy Ghost to prepare us for heaven.
1 Peter 1:6
It is not merely that we are in manifold troubles, but we are in heaviness through them; the iron has entered into our soul. This is a needful part of those trials which are meant to chasten us. If the rod does not make the child smart, of what use is it?
1 Peter 1:7-9
Peter’s Master once bade him feed the sheep, and here he does so very sweetly: every word, yea, every letter, is full of an infinite sweetness. Jesus is with us, faith in him is our strength, and his love fills us with unutterable joy. All this we daily experience. Do we not?
1 Peter 1:14-16
Children should be like their parents. Nature itself prompts the son to imitate the father; and shall not grace have equal power? Shall not the new birth be even more influential than the first? Shall not the children of the thrice holy Jehovah exhibit something of their great Progenitors spirit and character? It must be so, or we shall have serious reason to doubt whether we are children of God at all.
O Lord, with sorrow and with shame,
We meekly would confess
How little we, who bear thy name,
Thy mind and ways express.
Give us thy meek, thy lowly mind;
We would obedient be;
And all our rest and pleasure find
In fellowship with thee.