1:1-11 – This section is used to confirm that John received a revelation in a dream from God that was intended to be given to seven churches. This is a vision of the end times.
1:12-20 – The number seven is prominent throughout the book of Revelation because it represents completion.
2:1-7 – Here there is a word for the church at Ephesus. They are commended for their original faithfulness, but have apparently strayed recently. This is a call to return to their original faithfulness and warning of what will happen if they don’t.
2:8-11 – Here the church of Smyrna is warned of upcoming trials they will face.
2:12-17 – Here it sounds like the church of Pergamum has some issues to work out. They too are given an opportunity to repent and return to God before destruction befalls them.
2:20-23 – Some of the church of Thyatira had begun to engage in sins such as adultery and eating foods offered to idols.
2:24-29 – The vision makes for an allotment for people in the church who had not yet fallen into deep sin. There seems to be great hope for these folks.
3:1-6 – It is clear that God will not condemn whole people groups when there are still faithful people in the midst. Instead he is separating the faithful from the unfaithful while still giving the unfaithful opportunities to repent.
3:7-13 – The letter to the church at Philadelphia is a positive one because they have remained faithful.
3:14-22 – This may be the harshest indictment on any of the churches addressed. Laodicea’s church is lukewarm, which is viewed more negatively than even being cold towards God. They basically are choosing not to choose. This does not please God.
3:1-3 – It’s pretty incredible to think of ourselves as children of God. We have been adopted into his family because he loves us and wants us.
3:3 – “Little children” is how God is referring to us, his children. Not necessarily to children as defined by age
3:16-18 – Jesus didn’t just talk about loving us, he showed us by dying for us on the cross. If we simply say we love our neighbors, our words are worthless. We must show it with our actions.
3:19-24 – Salvation through grace does not exempt us from following God with our lives. We are still to follow his commands and live according to his will – actually even more so because of the gift of salvation.
4:1-6 – This section encourages us to use discernment in who we trust and listen to. It also explains the difference and reminds us that the Spirit of God is greater than the spirits of the world.
4:7-12 – The love we have for one another is love from God. God loved us first which then shows us how to love others.
4:18 – This is how we can decipher what is true love – it does not operate on fear.
5:3 – This is powerful because often we feel that if we obey God our lives will be boring and lifeless, but this reminds us that following God’s commands is actually beneficial and freeing for us.
5:13-15 – When we believe in Christ, we receive eternal life. We also have a connection with him so that he hears our prayers.
5:18 – When we accept Christ we are to be transformed, which means we change and leave behind sins and walk towards righteousness. This, of course, is a process.
1:3-11— Instructions and encouragement for faithful living. Note that Peter takes about participating in the divine nature (vs. 4). This means “to be made more like Christ”
2:1-3— False prophets are not just an ancient phenomenon that we no longer need to worry about- there are still false prophets today, and we still need to be wary of them.
Chapter 3— This entire chapter is about Jesus coming for the second time- read it carefully, it has a lot to teach us about the Second Coming and about why we as Christians can have hope even in the bleakest situations.
1:1-2— Peter is writing to house-churches scattered throughout the Roman empire- the language he uses here is intentionally comparing their lives to those of people who have been exiled from their homeland and live among strangers.
1:13-15—These verses are antithetical to modern American culture and modern Western Christianity. We prefer to reject discipline and assume that since nobody is perfect, we don’t need to worry about being perfect either. Peter says otherwise- God’s people are supposed disciplined and should always be striving for holiness and perfection.
2:9—This isn’t saying that God has chosen specific people to be Christians- instead, this is a reference to the covenant God made with the Israel in the Old Testament. Peter is stating that the old covenant now includes non-Jews