1 Peter 1:1-25 –
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:
The books of 1 and 2 Peter have closely related themes, holiness and diligence, which this study will examine together.
The Scriptures say holiness is separation. Peter will use several words in his book to give us a fuller picture of holiness: sanctification, undefiled, purified, and a few more.
Every child of God faces temptation. It’s a given fact. As we look at the scriptures, we see that Esau gave up his birthright for stew, Ananias and Sapphira wrecked their lives over money, Samson lost his anointing because of a lady, Saul lost his Kingship because of cattle, and the Prophet Elisha’s servant Gehazi lost his calling because of silver and clothes!
It is faith without sight. When we can see, it is not faith, but reasoning. In crossing the Atlantic we observed this very principle of faith. We saw no path upon the sea, nor sign of the shore. And yet day by day we were marking our path upon the chart as exactly as if there had followed us a great chalk line upon the sea. And when we came within twenty miles of land, we knew where we were as exactly as if we had seen it all three thousand miles ahead
During a bitter civil war, a soldier discovered 10 men thrown into a deep well by the enemies. He was in a hurry to meet his commanding officer, so he got a rope and pulled one man out. The soldier instructed the man to pull the other people out, and the soldier left.
Think about it. How come since Independence in 1960, Nigeria has not had one Godly leader?
It is certain that for ethnic and tribal reasons, people will seek to point to one or two past leaders as Godly, but a sincere appraisal of all the past leaders will reveal that the nation has not had a single Godly leader since Independence.
Arguably, the greater evil is not simply the persecution of Christians in various parts of northern Nigeria, but the unholy neglect of the northern believers by most of the Christian assemblies in the rest of the country.