A Heavenly Inheritance (1:3-12)
Welcome to your 1 Peter Bible study Week 1.
In this lesson, we want to look more closely at 1 Peter 1:3-12 and the heavenly inheritance that God has prepared for his people.
As Christians, we often forget (or maybe take for granted) exactly what Jesus accomplished on our behalf through his death and resurrection.
These initial verses serve as glorious reminders of just how precious that salvation was (and continues to be).
As you read, try to keep the state of 1 Peter’s audience in mind.
It is likely that their initial burst of joy at conversion has now given way to shock, frustration, confusion and even a lack of faith, given that things are probably worse for them since coming to Christ.
Thus, Peter’s first task is to remind his readers about their special status in God, a status which not even the prophets of old understood but which is now applied to all believers.
Read 1 Peter 1:3-12
Questions to reflect on the passage
- Verse 1:3 starts out by saying that Christians have been born again. How does that occur according to this verse and what does it mean to be “born again?”
- Verses 3 and 4 suggest we have been born into a “living hope” and “an inheritance.” What is the meaning of these elements? What words are used to describe the inheritance?
- Verse 5-6 speak of trials. What is the purpose of trials in these verses?
- Verses 10-12 speak of the prophets inquiring and diligently seeking to know something. What did they inquire about? What did God reveal to them in their searchings (v. 12)?
Questions to reflect on your life
- Do you see your salvation in terms of being “born again?” What does that phrase imply in terms of how we are to interact with the world?
- Why do you suppose Peter describes our inheritance as “incorruptible”, “undefiled”, “reserved in heaven?” What do those words communicate to you about your salvation and how should that impact your faith and trust in God?
- Do you perceive your sufferings as “trials through fire”? Why or why not? Are you undergoing difficulties at the moment? Explain. How can Peter’s advice to his readers help you in your difficult circumstances?
- What do you make of the prophets of the Old Testament inquiring about the mysterious salvation that you now possess? (Note also how angels were curious too (v. 12). How should the fact that you have much more knowledge than the prophets regarding Christ and his mission change your approach to faith and living in that faith?