F I R S T P E T E R.
The apostle describes the persons to whom he
writes, and salutes them (ver. 1,
2), blesses God for their regeneration to a lively hope
of eternal salvation (ver.
3-5), in the hope of this salvation he shows they had
great cause of rejoicing, though for a little while they were in
heaviness and affliction, for the trial of their faith, which would
produce joy unspeakable and full of glory, ver. 6-9. This is that salvation which the
ancient prophets foretold and the angels desire to look into,
ver. 10-12. He exhorts
them to sobriety and holiness, which he presses from the
consideration of the blood of Jesus, the invaluable price of man's
redemption (ver. 13-21),
and to brotherly love, from the consideration of their
regeneration, and the excellency of their spiritual state,