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Simon Peter was a native of Galilee. He was brought to the Saviour early in His
ministry by his brother Andrew (Joh 1:40-41). His call to the office of apostle is
recorded in Mt 10:1-4; Mr 3:13-16.

He occupied a distinguished place among the Lord's disciples. In the four lists of
the apostles found in the New Testament his name stands first (Mt 10:2-4; Mr 3:16-
19; Lu 6:14-16; Ac 1:13). He is the chief figure in the first twelve chapters of the
Acts. It is Peter that preaches the first Christian sermon (Ac 2:1-47), he that opens
the door of the gospel to the Gentile world in the house of the Roman soldier,
Cornelius, and has the exquisite delight of witnessing scenes closely akin to those
of Pentecost at Jerusalem (Ac 10:44-47). It was given him to pronounce the
solemn sentence on the guilty pair, Ananias and Sapphira, and to rebuke in the
power of the Spirit the profane Simon Magus (Ac 5:1-11; 8:18-23). In these and
the like instances Peter exhibited the authority with which Christ had invested him
(Mt 16:19)--an authority bestowed upon all the disciples (Joh 20:22-23)--the power
to bind and to loose.

        International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The Christian's
S
alvation
ubmission
uffering
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed,
but let him glorify God in this matter.

1. SALUTATION: PETER THE APOSTLE TO SOJOURNERS IN GOD'S ETERNAL
CARE. 1:1-2.

2. GENERAL DOCTRINE: THE GREATNESS OF YOUR SALVATION. 1:3-2:10.

3. SPECIFIC ETHICAL TEACHINGS: HOW TO BE HOLY IN THE MIDST OF
UNBELIEVERS. 2:11-5:11.
      Living as citizens: Be subject to government authorities for the Lord's sake.
               2:13-17.
      Living as servants: Be subject to your masters. 2:18-25.
      Wives: Be subject to your husbands. 3:1-6.
      Husbands: Live considerately with your wives. 3:7.
      Living as Christians generally. 3:8-22.
      Decide that you are willing to suffer for righteousness. 4:1-6.
      The "end of all things is at hand," so act this way within the church. 4:7-11.
      Do not be surprised at your trial, but rejoice. 4:12-16.
      For God's judgment is beginning from God's own house. 4:17-18.
      Therefore so right and trust God continually. 4:19.
      Living as church members and officers. 5:1-7.
      Elders: Shepherd God's flock rightly. 5:1-4.
      Young people (and all others): Be subject to the elders. 5:5a.
      All of you: Be humble toward each other. 5:5b.
      Living as Christians in spiritual conflict. 5:8-11.

3. CLOSING GREETINGS. 5:12-14.

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The objects of the epistle were --

1. To comfort and strengthen the Christians in a season of severe trial.

2. To enforce the practical and spiritual duties involved in their calling

3. To warn them against special temptations attached to their position.

4. To remove all doubt as to the soundness and completeness of the religious
system which they had already received. Such an attestation was especially
needed by the Hebrew Christians, who were to appeal from Paul's authority to that
of the elder apostles, and above all to that of Peter. The last, which is perhaps the
very principal object, is kept in view throughout the epistle, and is distinctly stated
1 Peter 5:12.

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Smith’s Bible Dictionary

(1) Christian privileges, 1Pe 1:1-25 through 1Pe 2:10.

(2) Christian duties, 1Pe 2:11 through 1Pe 4:11.

(3) Persecutions and trials, 1Pe 4:12 through 1Pe 5:11.  

(4) Personal matters and salutations, 1Pe 5:12-14.

The chief doctrines of Christianity are found in 1 Peter. The vicarious suffering and
death of the Lord Jesus Christ (2:24; 3:18); the new birth (1:3,13); redemption by
the blood of Christ (1:18,19), faith, hope, patient endurance under unjust
suffering, and holiness of life, are all pressed upon Christians with great
earnestness and force.

       
 International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHRISTIANS ARE
Elect 1:2
Brethren 1:22
Newborn babes 2:1
Lively stones 2:5
Spiritual house 2:5
Holy priesthood 2:5
Chosen generation 2:9
Royal priesthood 2:9
Holy nation 2:9
Peculiar people 2:9
Strangers 2:11
Pilgrims 2:11
Brotherhood 2:17
Sheep 2:25
Stewards 4:10
House of God 4:17
Righteous 4:18
Flock of God 5:2
God’s heritage 5:3
Church 5:13