Principle for Bible Reading
The Bible stabilizes us in the storms of life by reminding us who we are. In this lab, John Piper highlights our unfathomable relationship to God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — all in the very first words of Peter’s letter. God has ransomed us, set us apart from the world, and made us new.
In the Sanctification of the Spirit (03:23–05:09)
- What makes us exiles in the world? What sets us apart? (1 Peter 1:1–2)
- We are exiles by the work of the Holy Spirit in sanctification (1 Peter 1:14–15).
- Holiness is nonconformity to the former way of life. Therefore, what the Spirit works in us through sanctification sets us apart from the world.
For Sprinkling with His Blood? (05:09–08:36)
- What does it mean that we are exiles “for sprinkling with hid blood” (1 Peter 1:2)?
- The blood of Christ is mentioned again 1 Peter 1:18–19. The blood in these verses does not rescue us from guilt or wrath, but from ways.
- Therefore, we are ransomed with blood for obedience (“from futile ways”). (1 Peter 1:18)
- So “the sprinkling with his blood” in 1 Peter 1:2, at least in the mind of Peter, probably means we are being bought or ransomed “for obedience to Jesus Christ.”
Bought with Blood (08:36–11:22)
- Does all of this mean, that we are on our own as exiles to try and obey?
- No, Peter wants you to see that you are not alone in your pursuit of holiness, because Jesus purchased you for obedience. He bought you with his blood (“for sprinkling with his blood”). (1 Peter 1:2)
- This letter is written to help believers whether persecution by remembering who they are with God. (1 Peter 1:1–2)
- 1 Peter 1:1 calls us “exiles.” What makes us exiles in the world? What sets us apart?
- What might “for sprinkling with his blood” mean? Where else would you look in the Bible to help you understand how Peter is using that phrase?
- With all of this talk of obedience in 1 Peter 1:2, has Peter neglected the work of Christ and the grace of God? Why or why not?
Piper: “The Bible stabilizes us by reminding us who we are — known by God, made new by the Spirit, bought by Christ.”