1 Peter 1:1-2
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,…
1. To fear God and forsake sin, and not to dally with disobedience (Hebrews 4:13).
2. To trust upon God in all estates, seeing there is nothing but He knows and hath considered of it long since.
3. It should inflame us to piety, seeing no good can be done; but He will know it, though it be done never so secretly (Psalm 139:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8, 9).
4. It should quicken us to the meditation and care of our assurance of our eternal salvation. God hath delighted Himself to foresee it from eternity, and shall not we foremeditate of our own glory?
5. Paul useth this as a reason why we should help and encourage Christians, and do all the good we can for them. For their names are in the book of life (Philippians 4:3, etc.).
6. When we are to choose men for any calling we should learn of God to know before, and those we see to be wicked we should never elect: custom, riches, friends, intreaty, kindred, etc., should never prevail with us.
7. It shows us how we should love one another. No time should wear out our affection; God is not wearied with love, though He set His affections upon us before the beginning of the world.
8. This doctrine of God's eternal knowledge is terrible for wicked men.
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