Monday, August 17, 2009: 1 Peter 1:6–7 (DNT)
Wherein ye exult, for a little while at present, if needed, put to grief by various trials, that the proving of your faith, much more precious than of gold which perishes, though it be proved by fire, be found to praise and glory and honour in [the] revelation of Jesus Christ
Will your faith be praised at the revelation of Jesus Christ?
It is the tests that prove your faith that will be honored.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009: 1 Peter 1:10–11 (DNT)
Concerning which salvation prophets, who have prophesied of the grace towards you, sought out and searched out; searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ which [was] in them pointed out, testifying before of the sufferings which [belonged] to Christ, and the glories after these.
When Noah prophesied about the coming flood, God’s judgment against sin, what did the Spirit of Christ reveal to him?
Noah’s redemption from God’s judgment was by faith: a foretaste of our salvation based only on faith. Every thing but the door was watertight: God Himself sealed it!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009: 1 Peter 1:13–16 (DNT)
Wherefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, [be] sober [and] hope with perfect stedfastness in the grace [which will be] brought to you at [the] revelation of Jesus Christ
Why should we gird up the loins of our minds?
We have hope — a hope for the future when Christ is revealed.
Thursday, August 20, 2009: 1 Peter 4:12–13 (DNT)
Beloved, take not [as] strange the fire [of persecution] which has taken place amongst you for [your] trial, as if a strange thing was happening to you; but as ye have share in the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, that in the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exultation.
How are we to view persecution, here described as fire on us?
It is not strange, but a share in the sufferings of Christ. Glory will follow.
Friday, August 21, 2009: 1 Peter 5:1–4 (DNT)
The elders which [are] among you I exhort, who [am their] fellow-elder and witness of the sufferings of the Christ, who also [am] partaker of the glory about to be revealed
How is Peter similar and yet different from elders?
He is a fellow elder but one that is an eyewitness of the unimaginable sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ.