The book of 1 Peter offers a gospel perspective on our short lives. Originally written to Christians facing intense suffering, Peter’s message is one of hope and grace—all centered on the resurrected Christ. Featuring essay contributions from six popular Bible teachers, this volume will help you better understand the hope-filled message of the book of 1 Peter and experience the resurrection life Jesus offers us today.
“Peter helps us grasp the hope of resurrection life in a world of suffering.” (Page 38)
“We come to God’s Word not to forget about suffering for a little while; we come because we know that the good news we believe speaks right into the suffering, with the greatest hope. How does that happen? How is it that we believers can be at the same time the most unabashedly joyful and the most painfully sober people on the planet?” (Page 38)
“There is a sense, then, that while Jesus has come to rescue his people from the exile once and for all, they are still in exile on this earth until Jesus consummates the kingdom. Peter knew this and picks up on this idea when he calls the Christians in Asia Minor ‘elect exiles of the Dispersion’ (1 Pet. 1:1) and ends his letter with greetings from ‘She [the church] who is at Babylon’ (1 Pet. 5:13). For Peter, then, the Christians in Asia Minor, along with all Christians everywhere, are the people of God in exile awaiting the final restoration of all things.” (Page 18)
“Most scholars believe Peter wrote this letter from Rome during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero, probably just a few years before the dramatic persecution of Christians that would take place under that same emperor. Peter himself would be martyred in those persecutions. But in this letter there’s the sense of persecution threatening, arising on all sides, about to erupt.” (Page 40)
D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
Kathleen Nielson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is an author and speaker who loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. After directing the Gospel Coalition’s women’s initiatives from 2010–2017, she now serves as senior adviser and book editor for TGC. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and five granddaughters.