1 Peter: God’s Pilgrim People in a Hostile World – Calling Upon the Judge in Fear

Peter Barnes | 1 Peter 1:17

1 Peter 1:17

– Peter has been exhorting his readers to live as holy pilgrims in a hostile world, pointing to a number of motives: grace (1:13); the holiness of God (1:14-16); and the judgment of God (1:17).

1. God judges impartially.

– 1:17. ‘Impartially’ means, literally, without respect to the face.

– Deut.10:17-18; also Deut.1:16-18; Josh.5:13-15.

– Rom.2:9-11. God is not moved by our popularity or our bank account, by our university degrees or our status.

2. God judges us according to our works.

– 1:17; Ps.62:12; Jer.17:10; Hos.12:2; Matt.16:27; 2 Cor.5:10; Rev.20:12.

– 1 Cor.3:11-15.

3. We are to live as exiles in fear.

– 1:17. 1 John 4:17-18 seems against this.

F. W. Faber:

When most I fear Thee, Lord, then most
Familiar I appear;
And I am in my soul most free,
When I am most in fear.

– Matt.10:28; Phil.2:12; Heb.4:1; 1 Peter 2:17.

– the time of our exile – Ps.119:19; Heb.11:13; 1 Chron.29:15.