“Now Those Who Were Scattered Abroad Went About [Through

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“Now those who were scattered abroad went about [through the land from place to place] preaching the glad tidings, the Word [ the doctrine concerning the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God].” In the teachings of Peter in this letter, he is teaching about a heavenly inheritance or a living hope, “and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,” Additionally, he is teaching the people that they should live holy towards God. “Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1st Pet.…show more content…
An appropriate them for this epistle might therefore be: "CONDUCT BECOMING THE PEOPLE OF GOD." Consequently, Peter’s theme was telling about the grace of God involves suffering through Christ. “The most important emphasis in Peter’s thought about God is that of the divine providence in human suffering. The sufferings of which Peter speaks are not those of physical afflictions, natural evils, or accidents, or the sort of ordinary tragedy that besets all human beings. It is the sufferings people are called upon to endure because they are Christians. The trials they are called upon to endure (1:6) are false accusations of wrongdoing (1:12), which may be so strong as to be called a fiery ordeal (4:12). They may suffer simply because they are Christians (4:16).” Peter continues to teach that God is a God who want His people to imitate Him. This is done by keeping a right mind in God and staying obedient to His word. “Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance.” (vss. 13-14). Furthermore, Peter is teaching that all things are of God. God is the one who is in charge and that through Christ, we are saved by grace and rescued from the penalty of sin. This is comparable to Colossians 1:13-17 (Revised Standard Version), “He has

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