1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia
Introduction – The Man
The Apostle Peter by the time of this epistle was a seasoned minister and missionary. He was an elder and mentor to the early church. In the beginning it was not so; Peter had a knack for putting his foot in his mouth among other things. He was brash, spontaneous and forceful but at the same time he could be humble, tender and giving. Peter, in the garden where Jesus was captured, picked up a sword ready to fight to the death only to deny his Lord three times later that same day. Such were the early days of Peter.
Now as this epistle opens Peter is two or three years away from martyrdom which he suffered in Rome. (63-64AD) Peter doesn’t speak of this in his 1st epistle but he will make reference to his time being short in 2 Peter. Read the rest of this entry »