The First Epistle of PETER
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 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. (Matthew 4:18)

 The Trial Of Your Faith Being Much More Precious

  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Peter 1:1-13 kjv).
The First Epistle of PETER

The Apostle Peter was the most prominent disciple during the ministry of Jesus and had a tremendous impact on the early church. The first twelve chapters of Acts are devoted to his ministry and to the development of the church in the East where he was the dominant figure. Paul mentioned him in 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1:12; 3:22; 9:5; 15:5) and Galatians (Galatians 1:18; 2:7-9, 11, 14), and he wrote two New Testament books.
This first letter is addressed to the five Roman provinces in Asia Minor (modem-day Turkey) north of the Taurus Mountains (1 Pet. 1:1). This letter was written to encourage the believers to endure the intense persecution that was prevalent in the area and to prepare the readers for the difficult times ahead of them.
The first empire-wide persecution of Christians did not come until AM. 249 under the brutal emperor Decius, but local persecutions many times were quite severe. One in particular took place early in the second century in Bithynia, one of the provinces to which Peter wrote (1 Peter 1:1). A letter was sent from Pliny, governor of Bithynia, to the Roman emperor Trajan, in A.D. 112.
He explained that he had been executing people who confessed that they were Christians. Trajan's reply expressed his approval of Pliny's policy but instructed him to set free those Christians who would renounce their faith and worship the Roman gods. Since 1 Peter was most likely written in the A.D. 60's, persecution of the severest kind was yet to come. Peter used Jesus' own suffering as the cornerstone of his exhortation. Likewise, Peter admonished believers to suffer as "Christians," not as lawbreakers. [Source for Introduction of chapter: Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]
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