I am currently in a Sunday School class that is doing and in depth study of 1 Peter. We also did a brief overview of the General Epistles (as opposed to the Pauline Epistles) this summer, so I have a bit of background from that as well. I had spent some time in 1 Peter a few years ago and found that there were three callings in 1 Peter.
1:15, 16 - called to be Holy
2:20,21 - called to Suffer
3:9 - called to Bless
Through the General Epistles Sunday School class, it was emphasized that those epistles in particular have a very strong focus on our future inheritance and to hope in that above current circumstances. So, as I was going through 1 Peter, I recognized a FOURTH CALLING! We are CALLED to Eternal Glory (5:10)!
So I have established my summary statement for 1 Peter to be:
"Be holy while you suffer and bless with the hope of eternal glory!"
What a calling as Christians! We WILL suffer. We will image Christ when we are holy and bless others WHILE we are suffering. This is all possible because we have a hope of a glory that will not fade and lasts forever!
So, SUFFER RIGHTLY, my fellow Christian!
Abide in Love ~ Abound in Thanksgiving ~ Work in Joy...
Live Fully ~ Suffer Rightly ~ Trust Deeply ~ Bless Truly!
LISTEN & LEARN:
"Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
~ Psalms 25:4,5