The 1st  Epistle of Peter

Chapter 1

     Having just finished the book of Jude I thought that it would be good to continue along similar thoughts of the Elect and the end of days and the first and second books of Peter do that quite well.

     Understanding that there are three heaven/earth ages really opens the bible up and allows you to see, from the very beginning, all the way through to the end, the extent of our Father’s creation and Plan. Knowing where something begins and where it ends puts a limit or boundary lines on the unknown that before seemed limitless..

     Instead of simply picking up bits and pieces of knowledge from the Bible, then trying to process and make sense of them, it makes understanding the Scriptures all the more difficult, because when you understand something, you no longer have to wonder what happened before that and what will happen after that.

     Knowing the beginning and the ending of His creation is similar to establishing bookends beyond which we really do not need to go. The alpha and omega, if you will allow me to put it that way.

     And understanding who Father’s Election are and what He can use them for is a gold ring on a merry-go-round that spins no longer. Knowing that we, as individuals, might be one of those Election, will give us a sense of ourselves, that as worthless as we are in these flesh and blood bodies, Father can use us, if we let Him, of course, and that not only gives us a feeling of satisfaction, it makes us study all the more often and more deeply because the more we know, the more we can be utilized.

     If a Christian is ignorant, past believing that Jesus saves, we are nothing more than a knot on a log, a bump on a piece of dead wood, but the more we increase our knowledge, the more vibrant and energetic we feel inside, spiritually, and the more grateful and humble we become.

     And that’s as it should be. The more knowledge and understanding that we accumulate, the more humble we should be before Him because it truly comes down to this… that there by the grace of God go I.

     Children may not admit it but discipline in their lives gives them limits that they can recognize, it gives them a feeling of comfort, that when they stay within the boundaries that parents set for them, they can live their lives with satisfaction.

     And that applies to all of our Father’s children as well. This Bible gives us all the instruction we will ever need to feel the satisfaction of pleasing Him, as long as we stay within those boundaries that He places before us.

     We can stand before Him on Judgment Day, not fearful of repercussions of how we lived out lives, but rather a feeling of contentment, knowing that we did follow His rules and now comes the rewards for doing so.

     The book of 1st Peter….

     1st Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

     Yep, this is the apostle known as Cephas, also called Simon. He was the first apostle, he was conversant with our Lord, having many conversations with Him and was the one who denied Him three times.

     How that must have destroyed his spirit, to have done such a thing. In defense of him, as though he needs something like that from me, you can bet he was under pressure of being arrested along with the Lord, and may have faced crucifixion himself, hence his denials of knowing Him. But he had to hate himself for being so weak in those three moments.

     And are we to judge him for that? Do we say to ourselves that WE wouldn’t have caved in under pressure? That we would have been more resolute?

     Yeah, right. For sure. How many times have we knelt on our knees and begged for forgiveness for a sin of which we have promised Him that we would never do again. Don’t be so quick to cast that proverbial first stone.

     This verse 1 is much better stated in the Interlinear and it’s written as such…

     …to the elect sojourners of the dispersion…while in the King James it reads…, to the strangers scattered.

     So, if we remove the word strangers in verse 1, and insert the proper word, elect, which word is also in the beginning of the next verse, we will find out that Peter is writing this to the election of our Lord Jesus Christ, who are of the dispersion, those eleven Tribes scattered, not only throughout the areas mentioned here, but also those that crossed that mountain range and went into Russia, Europe, the British Isles and eventually Canada and the Americas.

     Simply put, he’s writing to our Lord’s Election. Are you one of those elect? Do you have the seal of God in your forehead? Do you know the difference between the false messiah and the True? If you do then you are indeed one of His Elect. Not the very Elect, the 7000, but of those that took a stand with our Father in the age that was, which Peter will talk about in the book following this one.

     _ Elect__NT:1588 eklektos (ek-lek-tos'); from NT:1586; select; by implication, favorite: KJV - chosen, elect.

     And His Elect do not believe in the rapture theory or the any-moment doctrine or the fly-away theory. That would be a contradiction, to have the knowledge of the fake jesus and still believe in those insipid traditions of churches. It’s not possible.

     1st Peter 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.

     The source of their election being the foreknowledge of God the Father.

     Sanctification is the purification through obedience, set aside for the consecration to our Father. You can sanctify yourself, your spirit, only by dedication and obedience to His laws and Commandments.

     And through the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ, the shedding of His blood on the cross, we receive the grace, the unmerited favor of the Holy One of Israel.

     1st Peter 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,

     Only through His resurrection did He defeat death, which is the Devil, and only through Him can we have the forgiveness of sin that allows us to eventually enter into the eternity, the Kingdom, with Him.

     What a time that’s going to be. Another reason to be one of His Election because only they will be allowed to live just outside the Temple walls during the Millennium, only they will be allowed to go to our loved ones and tell them to get their act together if they’re still screwing up, after seeing our Lord Himself, with their own eyes.

     Only they will be allowed to enter into the Temple and worship and commune with Him. What a time that’s going to be. I mean, the struggles and temptations of this life, many of which we never overcame, are behind us and because we loved Him enough to TRY to resist temptation, His blood wiping away the memory of those sins, we can enjoy the peace and tranquility of being in His presence.

     And knowing that this will go on forever and ever is icing on the cake.

     1st Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

     There it is in Peter’s words. That time cannot be corrupted because Satan is locked away in the pit for this thousand years, he can’t defile it by accusing us of wrongdoing, as he did throughout our lifetime in these flesh and blood bodies, it will last forever and it’s reserved for us.

     Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. KJV

     Reserved in heaven means that there is already a place set aside for us.

     Have you ever had a reservation at a fancy restaurant? You show up, tell them who you are, and you get treated royally.

     “Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. so-and-so. We have a table for you, in the back where it’s away from the kitchen and there’s not a lot of noise, it’s away from the air-conditioning vent, so you won’t be chilled and your meal won’t get cold before you even begin to eat it and, by the way, we have a bottle of wine for you, on the house, of course, compliments of the owner.”

     Sure, you had to pay for all this but it sure was nice to do this once in a while, and doing it while raising three kids, it surely was once in a great while. And when the night is all over, you feel guilty because you left the kids at home with a sitter and all they ate was pizza or some other kind of take out! (Which they enjoyed immensely.)

     When the Millennium begins, every soul is going to feel wonderful because we’ll have left these earthly bodies and have transitioned into the spiritual. All the aches and pains of getting old are gone. As someone that has suffered from chronic and severe back pain for the last 45 years, I’m sure looking forward to that time. And that relief.

     1st Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

     Kept means to be guarded by the power of our Father.

     ✡  Kept__NT:5432 phroureo (froo-reh'-o); from a compound of NT:4253 and NT:3708; to be a watcher in advance, i.e. to mount guard as a sentinel (post spies at gates); figuratively, to hem in, protect:

     Faith is the only way to receive salvation and we must guard it and keep it until the last day, the day of Judgment. Father will help us do that.

     1st Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

     We’ve got a lot of good stuff coming our way but we have this season to get through first. And Satan will spiritually beat us up like a man working with a rented mule.

   If need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.  Heaviness means to be sad or sorrowful, not burdened. One moment we are rejoicing and happy because of His blessings and the next we are assaulted by Satan, because of those blessings, and that makes us sad or sorrowful.

     If you get to be too happy, Satan will do all that he can to take that happiness away and his temptations always come in the form of pleasure of some sort and they always end up being against the will of our Father.

     But the flesh takes over, tells you that you deserve some happiness in your life, and you suddenly find yourself giving in to those temptations that he throws in your way and then he’s got you.

      You knew it was wrong to give in but you did anyway and when that quick moment of pleasure is over, here comes the self flagellation, because of the sadness you now feel, for having offended the Father and you did it knowing that it would turn out this way.

     It’s an endless circle, this life in these sinful bodies. Seems like you can’t relax for even one minute. So, what can you do about it? Well, you can bless or anoint yourself with the oil that carries two of our Father’s sacred names and command Satan and his demons to leave you alone.

     But you have to do it through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that’s where the power comes from, not from you or the olive oil. Where are the divine names of our Lord in olive oil?

       Olive oil__ NT:1636 elaia (el-ah'-yah); feminine of a presumed derivative from an obsolete primary; an olive (the tree or the fruit): KJV - olive (berry, tree).

     El is Father the Almighty, Elohim and Yah is Yahaveh, who has become our salvation.

     And bless the door way of every door leading into and out of you home or apartment, command the spirits to go back where they came from. But don’t make a religion out of it, just do it in good faith that our Lord will take care of it and go on with your day.

     1st Peter 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:

     Your faith can be tried or tested in various ways. This is the aim of the trial of your faith through temptation from the above verse. The comparison of your faith to gold is that gold is tried by the fire of a smelting pot, where the impurities, the dross, is removed and the purity of the gold can be seen.

     The analogy is that how much more should your faith, which should not perish or go away, and not gold, which can perish and be taken away, be tried to demonstrate how true and pure it is at the time when our Lord returns.

     The things of the heart or the soul or the spirit will never go away while the things of the world will.

     Some of the Apostles were killed for being followers of our Lord and that certainly tested their faith. It can’t be proven but it’s believed that Peter was martyred and we know for a fact that Stephen was. That’s even happening today in the Middle East when ISIS captures a Christian and demands that they change their faith to Islam and if they don’t, they’ll be tortured and killed.

     1st Peter 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:

     We haven’t seen our Lord and yet, through our faith, we still love Him.

     Personally, since I turned my life around, every year that passes by, as I continue to pray and try to do things His way, the joy that I feel in my heart has grown. I can feel that it’s evolving and becoming stronger and although works won’t get us into the Kingdom, it’s the accumulation of our works, over time, that gives us the deep satisfaction that we have accomplished something on the spiritual side of our life.

     Much like when we quit smoking or drinking or using drugs, the accumulation of the days of not doing any of that gives one the satisfaction and hope for the future, in the worldly sense. That’s why it’s so devastating when we fall and break that streak of restraint and we have to start from day one all over again. That seems to be worse than when we first quit.

     It’s not self-righteousness, it’s spiritual self-consciousness of good works and that, in and of itself, must be contained, restrained, else we become boastful within and without ourselves. Do good works but don’t get the big-head over it.

     1st Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

     What is the end result of your faith? Eternal salvation of your soul.

     1st Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

     As James spoke about…

     James 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. KJV

     The grace that should come unto you. The unmerited favor

     1st Peter 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.

     Prophesying the Crucifixion of our Lord.

     1st Peter 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.

     They were searching, reading the words of the prophets, trying to determine when our Lord would come, that the Holy Spirit would reveal this information to them. The suffering that He would endure during and the glory that would come afterwards.

     Which things….what are these things? The suffering that our Lord would go through and the glory that would come because of it.

     The angels desire to look into. Just because the angels are up there in heaven doesn’t mean that they are privy to the intimate knowledge of the mind of our Father or our Lord.

     Remember, most of these angels are souls that were created in the first heaven/earth age and are placed in each embryo at conception. They are similar to you and I, before we were born, so this shows that they have a curiosity of these Scriptures just as we do.

     Look means to lean or bend over, to peer into. To be curious. If angels are curious, how much more should we be, because this directly affects us.

     1st Peter 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;

     Gird up the loins of your mind.  In Old Testament days, men wore robes and although comfortable and casual during a normal day, they became a hindrance when one needed to work or fight. They girded them up by bending over and grabbing the back hem and pulling it up between their legs, and using the waistband, tied that around the skirt so that it freed up the movements of their legs. They could now run or fight or plow with greater freedom of movement.

     Spiritually, it means to be ready, at all times to meet any challenges that might come our way throughout our day, to be alert. And being sober goes along with that thought. How can you be at your best or how can you see the spiritual danger around you if your mind is clouded or fogged with beer, wine, whiskey, or drugs?

     The revelation of Jesus Christ means His return. Be vigilant for the signs that point to it. Be a watchman as Christ told us to be at the end of Mark, chapter 13..

     Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

     Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. KJV

     Verse 14.

     1st Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

     Obedient children. Wow. What a novel thought today. There can be no obedience if the laws are not taught through discipline. Fashioning means that you conform your behavior to those around you, you begin to act just like them, doing the same things that they do.

       Fashioning__NT:4964 suschematizo (soos-khay-mat-id'-zo); from NT:4862 and a derivative of NT:4976; to fashion alike, i.e. conform to the same pattern (figuratively):KJV - conform to, fashionself according to.

     As obedient children, we have become knowledgeable of the laws that our Father wants us to live by, a change from how we lived before we had that knowledge, doing things that the crowd we used to run around with did, committing acts of sin that was forbidden by our Father.

     “Hey, it’s Saturday night! Let’s go out and party! Sure, why not! What are you going to do, stay at home and read the Bible? How boring is that! C’mon dude, get with it. Let’s go out and get laid tonight!”

     1st Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

     We have to try to be holy-like, because in these earthly bodies there’s no way that we can be totally holy, which means pure and morally blameless.

     These two books of Peter are the only places where holy conversation is mentioned. You can live outwardly as holy as you want but there may be times when the old man will rear its ugly head and something less than holy will come out of your mouth.

     Whack your thumb with a hammer and see what kind of holiness comes out of my mouth. You’d better cover the children’s ears for a few minutes. Or the time I cut off the end of my thumb on my table saw. There were squirrels in the back yard who never came back again after that tirade.

     I don’t lead a squeaky-clean life but it sure is different than it was about 22 years ago. Nor do I walk around with my hands in a prayer position but I try really hard to keep the “old man” down in the cracks of the sidewalk as much as possible.

     You’re probably wondering what this “old man” business is all about…

     Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; KJV

     The old man is you before you changed the way you live, before you started living your life with our Lord in mind…

     Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: KJV

     That new man is where we all should be today and there is no gender in that word man. It means both men and women.

     1st Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

     This is quoted from Leviticus 11:44

     Leviticus 11:44 For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. KJV

     Being holy is to not defile yourself with sin. The entire eleventh chapter of Leviticus contains our Father’s food laws, telling us what we can and cannot eat because some of the animals and critters that he created can make you sick if you eat them.

     One example is the puffer fish. It’s called that because it has a bladder inside that it can fill with air thus blowing itself much like you would a balloon. It’s a self-defense mechanism, most times making itself too large for some predator to eat.

     But it’s also very, very poisonous. The Japanese culture enjoys eating this fish but unless prepared properly, it will kill you real quick. Why would anyone want to eat something that could potentially kill them?

     On the other side of that coin, John the Baptist ate locust and honey. Grasshoppers, if you will..

     Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. KJV

     But verse 16, again, means to live a holy-like life, as our Father and our Lord do. We are to live as free from sin as we possibly can.

     1st Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

     Without respect of persons means that our Father shows no favor of one race above another, one person above another when it comes to judgment.

     We are judged by our works during the time that we sojourn here in these flesh and blood bodies and we should do it in reverence to Him. Not that we should be scared to death of Him or His judgments UNLESS you live a life that is filled with sin.

     In a lot of cases, the word fear means to reverence, but here it means to actually fear an outcome. So, during the time that we live in these earthly bodies, do it in such a manner that you sometimes consider what’s written in that Book of Life, the book of record that Father keeps on each of us because that’s what determines the judgment that you will receive on Judgment Day.

     1st Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

     You should know that there is nothing on this earth that can redeem or ransom your soul from sin because everything is corruptible and can be done away with over time.

     Nor can you be ransomed or redeemed by the vain speeches, given over and over again, called sermons and traditions, by the people that stand behind that lectern. Worthless words of men. Worthless traditions of churches.

     Traditions are a tool used by Satan and they have worked very well for him for a hundred years or more, especially the rapture theory, which came into existence just less than 200 years ago.

     It’s human nature to want to find a warm and fuzzy spot where we can go when we need reassurance, security, and comfort and traditions fulfill that need. Sometimes family and their traditions can give us that warm feeling.

     Just look at all the commercials during the holiday season, showing families around the dining room table, covered with all kinds of good food, everyone smiling and happy. Joy to the world and all that.

     Sure makes you feel good inside, doesn’t it? Satan likes to make you feel that way too. I was raised with all the trappings of the Catholic Church. Going to mass, the smell of the incense, looking at the stations of the cross on the walls, the huge glorious expanse of the church, that enormous crucifix hanging behind the altar.

     Even as I sit here and write this, I have that sense of comfort, as I picture all that in my mind, all those years of going to those churches. And it’s all vanity and nothingness.

     You would be better off kneeling down in the middle of a hot, sparse desert and praying to our Father there. Let the expanse of the heavens above you be your church. Let His creation around you be your place of worship.

     No traditions out there in the desert. Just a one-on-one conversation with our Father.

     1st Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

     This is what has substance, this is what can save your soul. His blood.

     1st Peter 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

     Did the Son exist with the Father in the world that was? He certainly did, as did His Holy Spirit. But there was no necessity for His presence or influence back then. The Trinity. That’s a hard truth for many to accept and believe.

     After Satan’s fall in the world that was, it became necessary for our Father to either eradicate those fallen children or bring forth this age, along with the Savior, to give all a chance of salvation.

     1st Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

     God the Father raised the Lord from the dead and through Him your faith will save you.

     1st Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

     We have tried our best, with all faith, to stay away from and to repel all sin, to keep our soul pure but even our best efforts cannot accomplish that without the Holy Spirit.

     And we should now try to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, knowing that they too will succumb now and then.

     1st Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

     It has always irritated me to have some stranger come up to me and say:

     “Are you born again, brother?”

     In my mind, there is never a proper setting in public, for someone, a stranger, to come up to you and ask you if you believe.

     “You have to be born again, brother!”

     Get out of my face. They probably don’t even know the true meaning of the words born again. It means to be born from above. Well, what does that mean?

     It means that your soul, at the beginning, was in heaven, but now must be placed within the womb of a mother, to grow in that bag of embryonic fluid, and then come into this world. Jesus spoke those words and it confused them that heard it even back then…

     John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. KJV

     He meant that we all have to be born into a flesh and blood body, to be able to die and have our soul re-enter the kingdom of heaven. We were there once, we need to go back there again.

     And when Nicodemus heard Him say that, he marveled that how could someone reenter a mother’s womb and come out a second time…

     John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? KJV

     And then the Lord explained it..

     John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. KJV

     We all must come through the embryonic fluid of a mother’s womb to enter this world before we can enter, again, the spiritual world.

     This was our Father’s plan after the war in heaven. He either destroys all the souls that He created or do it this way, giving all a chance to decide who we would love more…Satan or Him.

     So, for a stranger, or anyone for that matter, to ask someone if they have been born again, shows me the ridiculousness of the question with me standing right there before him.

     “OF COURSE I’ve been born again, can’t you see me standing here in front of you?”

     In their ignorance of the Scriptures, they have been told, probably by some Sunday School teacher, that being born again means that you have to cleanse your soul of sin and start living a life without sin. As a new person in Christ.

     How sad that is to ask that question when all they had to do was read just a few verses in the GOSPEL OF JOHN to understand what those two words mean. Don’t they even read the Gospels on their own?

     That’s what made the sin of the fallen angels so horrendous. They didn’t want to be born of woman, they wanted to posses and have sexual intercourse with woman in the spiritual body that they were in.

     1st Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

     These earthly bodies, these flesh and blood bodies, are only temporary. They’re all going to die eventually. This is not a permanent body.

     And lest Peter’s words confuse you, let’s read it as it should be read…

     Being born again (from above), not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible.

     Not of a corruptible seed, the flesh and blood body being of a corruptible seed, but from an incorruptible seed, the spiritual body being incorruptible, our Father being the only one that can destroy it.

     Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. KJV

     And verse 25..

     1st Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. KJV

     The Word of the Lord, which is this book that we call the bible. It will be with us throughout the eternity, it will never go away. Why not? It is the sacred record of His creation from beginning to end. It will be from this book, that those that have to go through the Millennium, will be taught.

     They didn’t get it the first time around. They thought they did, because they believed the lies of established church tradition. There won’t be any churches in the Millennium; there won’t be any preachers there either.

     The ones that do the teaching there will be His Election. Are you one of them?

 

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