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1 Peter 

Peter mentioned the sufferings of Christ in each chapter of this epistle and the sufferings of the believers. There is a reward for suffering for righteousness but not for evil doing. Also he wrote about submission to ordnances, masters, elders, one another, and wives to their husbands.

Chapter 1

1 Peter 1:1-12 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
1 Pet 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
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.
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,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
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:
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:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
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.
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.


1. Unto what, and by what, have we been begotten? (3)

2. What are four aspects regarding our inheritance? (4)

3. By what are we kept? (5)

4. How do 1:6, 8 relate to James 1:2?

5. What is the reason for trials? (7)

6. What is the "end of your faith?” (9)

7. What two groups were not able to experience the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven? (10-12)  




1 Peter 1:13-25 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
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;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
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:
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;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
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.
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:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
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:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.



8. In what part of your body does Christian living begin? (13)

9. What three imperatives are given? (15, 17, 22)

10. Who is the proper standard of holiness? (16)

11. By what means are we redeemed? (18,19)

12. What shows that Calvary was not an afterthought with God? (20, Revelation 13:8)

13. How can a Christian purify his soul? (22)

14. With what are we born again? (23)

15. What object contrasts the endurance of the word of God compared to flesh?



Discussion Questions


1. Why can’t we boast about our new birth?

2. How does one “Be holy”?


Chapter 2

1 Peter 2:1-12 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.


1. As children of God, what are some things that we are to lay aside? (1)

2. As newborn babes what should we desire and why? (2-3)

3. How does Peter describe the stone that we come to? (4)

4. Jesus is what particular stone of the spiritual house? (6)

5. Unto those who believe Jesus is what? (7)

6. Unto them which are disobedient and stumble, he is what? (8)

7. What descriptive phrases are used describe Christians? (2,5,9)

8. For what purpose has God chosen us? (9)

9. How do those who are nobody become somebody? (9-10)

10. What terms show that we are just visiting here? (11)

11. What should be our reaction to those who speak against us? (11-12)  




1 Peter 2:13-25 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.



12. What should we submit to? (13)

13. What two functions do governors perform? (14)

14. How do we put to silence the ignorance of foolish men? (15)

15. What four commands are given regarding a Christian's submission to government? (17)

16. What kind of masters should servants be subject to? (18)

17. What are two reasons a person may suffer? (19-20)

18. What aspects of Christ's sufferings is an example to us? (21-23)

19. What did Christ accomplish by his suffering? (24)

20. To what are saints likened? (25)


Discussion Questions  

  1. How can this chapter help a Christian with an inferiority complex?

  2. What would you do if your boss tells you to tell people he is not in?

  3. How should a person appeal to one in authority?

  4. What aspects of Christ’s suffering do we not need to follow?

Answers for 1 Peter Study questions


Quiz on Chapters 1 - 2


Chapter 3

1 Peter 3:1-12 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.


1. What advice is given to wives of unsaved Christians? (1)

2. What is more apt to win unsaved husbands than words? (1-2)

3. What is of much more importance for a Christian woman than "outward adorning"? (3-4)

4. What O. T. example is given of a wife's subjection to her husband? (5-6)

5. What three reasons are given for giving honor to your wife? (7)

6. What five characteristics or attitudes are recommended for all Christians? (8)

7. What advice is given to a person who desires a good life? (10-11, Ps. 34:12-19)

8. What is the attitude of the Lord to the righteous in contrast to those that do evil? (12)  



1 Peter 3:13-22 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.


9. Enduring what kind of suffering brings blessings? (14,16-17)

10. When should we be ready and with what attitude should we give an answer for the hope that lies within us? (15)

11. How have we benefited from Christ’s suffering? (18)

12. What is an Old Testament type of salvation? (20)

13. What is baptism and what does it do for us? (21)


Discussion Questions   

  1. How does this chapter balance the husband wife relationship?

  2. Who were the spirits that Christ preached to in prison?


Chapter 4

1 Peter 4 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

1. What two wills are mentioned? (1-3)

2. List and define six sins, which we should cease from. (3)

3. What is the reaction of the world when a person ceases from the above sins? (4)

4. What should our attitude be in prayer? (7)

5. How should we love one another? (8)

6. What will love do? (8)

7. How should hospitality be given? (9)

8. What two types of Christian ministry are mentioned and what should be the motivation for both? (11)

9. What are we not to think strange? (12)

10. What should be our attitude when we suffer for Christ’s sake? (13-14,16)

11. What things should a Christian never do and suffer for? (15)

12. Who will be judged? (17-18)

13. What should you do when you suffer according to the will of God? (19)


Discussion Questions 

  1. How have you given and received hospitality?

  2. How have you suffered for Christ and how have you reacted?


Chapter 5

1 Peter 5 - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

1. What three qualifications did Peter give for himself? (1)

2. What instructions were given to the elders? (2-3)

3. How are the instructions that Peter gave, similar to what Jesus told Peter? (2, John 21:15-17)

4. What three things should not motivate the elder? (2-3)

5. What incentive was given to the elder? (4)

6. What is said regarding pride and humility? (5-6)

7. What should we do with our cares? (7)

8. What three instructions are given the Christian regarding the devil? (8-9)

9. What would the devil like to do to us? (8)

10. What does God want to do for us after we have suffered for a while? (10)

11. What recognition does Jesus deserve? (11)

12. What does this epistle begin and end with? (1:2,5:14)   


Discussion Questions  

  1. Show how Peter gives the three aspects of management (Authority, responsibility and accountability).

  2. How much difficulty do you have with submission?

Answers for 1 Peter Study questions


Quiz on Chapters 3 - 5


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