Today we begin our look at 1 Peter, a letter written by the apostle Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, probably around 64 A.D. to Christians scattered everywhere throughout five Roman provinces.
On verses 1-12: When you read this passage, keep in mind the context within which Peter is writing this letter. In approximately 64 A.D., Christians in the Roman Empire are going through severe persecution. Emperor Nero has launched, or is just about to launch, a widespread movement to capture and destroy Christians. He would become famous for setting Christians on fire as human torches for his dinner parties and feeding them to lions in the coliseum. With this background of great persecution in mind, read verses 1 to 12 and you will find that they come alive with so much more meaning and relevance. Likewise, if you have ever been bullied, ostracized, or excluded by others, may you find encouragement from this letter by Peter.