The Theological Delight of 1 Peter 1

In preparing my sermon on 1 Peter 1, I have noticed the following theological gems that I thought would be helpful (in summation form). What a blessing of a chapter and may my God and yours apply these truths more and more to our hearts everyday.

1 Peter Chapter 1 Theological Points

1)      Election and predestination vs. 1-2

ἐκλεκτός, (eklektos)

      ① pert. to being selected, chosen. Of those whom God has chosen from the generality of mankind and drawn to himself.

Πρόγνωσις (prognosis)

      ① foreknowledge

      ② predetermination, of God’s omniscient wisdom and intention.

2)      Sanctification and atonement v. 2

3)      Regeneration (born-again) v. 3

4)      Inheritance v. 4

5)      Salvation v. 5

6)      Hope v. 7

7)      Faith and love v. 8

8)      Salvation of our souls v. 9

9)      Grace v. 13

10)  Adoption v. 14

11)  Love and holiness vs. 15-16

12)  God as our Father v. 17

13)  Ransom or redemption by Christ’s blood vs. 18-19

λυτρόω(lutroo)

      ① to free by paying a ransom, redeem

      to liberate from an oppressive situation, set free, rescue, redeem,

14)  Christ the (predestined) chosen lamb v. 20 (c.f. Rom 8:29 “foreknown”)

προγινώσκω (proginosko)

      ① to know beforehand or in advance, have foreknowledge (of) . . . Closely connected is the idea of choice that suggests foreknowledge

      ② choose beforehand

15)  Cleansed hearts and souls v. 22

16)  Born again by Christ through His word vs. 23-25

(All definitions via Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. (2000). A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (3rd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.)

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