ommentary on 1 Peter
Peter wrote this letter. He was one of the 12 *apostles. His name was Simon, but Y'shuachanged it to Kefa (John 1:42). ‘Kefa’ means ‘a rock’ or ‘a stone’. A man called Silas(sometimes the Bible calls him Silvanus) helped Peter to write the letter (see 5:12). Inthose days, some men were expert writers. They helped people to write their letters inthe proper way. Peter wrote this letter about 30 years after Y'shua's resurrection.In the first verse, Peter lists 5 countries. Most of these are in the country that we now callTurkey. On the day of *Pentecost (Acts 2) people from three of these countries werevisiting the city of Jerusalem. Some of these people may have become Believers inY'shua there. Perhaps they went home and started new churches. Peter wrote to Jewsand Gentiles who became followers of Messiah. Peter gave the letter to someone whotravelled to the main churches in these areas. This person read the letter aloud to theBelievers. Then people copied it and sent it to all the smaller churches near to them.Peter wants to encourage Believers who are suffering for Messiah. Although Believersmight suffer in this life, they will not suffer forever. This world is not their real home. Oneday they will live with YHVH and share His glory.Peter also wants his readers to understand the grace of YHVH. He wants every Believerto know what YHVH has done for them. He wants them to learn more about YHVH.This letter is very practical. When a person becomes a Believer in Messiah his lifechanges. (‘his’ here refers to both men and women, not just to men.) Peter tells hisreaders how to live a good life as a follower of Messiah. Peter was a disciple of Y'shuafor about three years. He saw all that Y'shua did, heard all that He said, and is writingthis letter to encourage Believers to live like Y'shua. 1Pe_1:2-
Sanctified by His Spirit and the Blood
- Through the sanctification of theSpirit - cleansing, to make set apart - to make holy - Just like YHVH sanctified theSabbath so He sanctifies us through His Spirit. YHVH "cleansed" the Sabbath from alldefilement and distractions like work or everyday activities, making it set apart for Himand His glory alone. In the same way YHVH sanctifies us from worldliness, setting usapart and make us holy for His purpose alone.
Sanctification by the Spirit comesthrough obedience
- that implies action, something you have to do. What do we needto obey? We should listen to the Spirit of YHVH, reminding us of everything we havelearnedJoh_14:26, as well as remind you of the Commandments written on your heartJer_31:33-34. Obeying the Spirit of YHVH is to obey His Commandments His Spiritremind you of in every situation. This is our love towards HimExo_20:6 Joh_14:15,
Joh_14:21. As we obey His Law in our hearts, so our actions and our lives aresanctified and cleansed from unrighteousness and we become Holy as He is.The second part of Sanctification is through the Blood of Messiah - The blood is for theremission of our sinsMat_26:28,Heb_13:12,Col_1:14, and the forgiveness of our sins.
One part of Sanctification is to be washed by the Blood of the Lamb and the forgivenessof sin. The other part is to live a set apart life, being sanctified (keep clean) by the Spritand obedience to His Commandments.