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THE FIRST EPISTLE
OF
PETER

OUTLINE

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  1. Introduction -- to the sojourning believers under the operation of the Triune God -- 1:1-2
  2. The full salvation of the Triune God and its issues -- 1:3-25
    1. The Father's regeneration -- unto a living hope, an inheritance kept in the heavens and ready to be revealed at the last time -- vv.3-9
    2. The Spirit's application -- through the prophets' prophesying and the apostles' preaching -- vv.10-12
    3. Christ's redemption -- unto a holy life by the holy nature and unto brotherly love through purification by the sanctifying truth, based on regeneration by the incorruptible seed through the living word of God -- vv.13-25
  3. Growth in life and its results -- 2:1-10
    1. Growing by feeding on the milk of the word unto full salvation -- vv.1-3
    2. Transformed unto the building up of a spiritual house for God's dwelling, a holy priesthood for God's service -- vv.4-8
    3. To tell out the virtues of the calling One -- vv.9-10
  4. The Christian life and its sufferings -- 2:11--4:19
    1. A life in an excellent manner toward all men in all concerns -- 2:11--3:13
      1. As sojourners among the Gentiles -- 2:11-12
      2. Toward human institutions -- 2:13-17
      3. Servants toward masters -- 2:18-20
      4. The model of Christ -- 2:21-25
      5. In marriage life -- 3:1-7
      6. In common life -- 3:8-13
    2. Suffering for righteousness by the will of God as Christ did -- 3:14-22
    3. Arming themselves with the mind of Christ for suffering -- 4:1-6
    4. As good stewards of the varied grace of God -- 4:7-11
    5. Rejoicing in sharing the sufferings of Christ -- 4:12-19
  5. The elders' shepherding and its reward -- 5:1-4
    1. The shepherding patterns -- vv.1-3
    2. The Chief Shepherd's reward -- v.4
  6. The mighty hand of God and its goal -- 5:5-11
    1. Humbled under God's mighty hand -- vv.5-9
    2. Perfected and grounded by the God of all grace -- vv.10-11
  7. Conclusion -- 5:12-14
    1. The testimony of the true grace of God -- v.12
    2. Greetings -- vv.13-14

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