Many Christians around the world today face severe persecution, while others daily feel the weight of cultural pressure against them. The apostle Peter speaks to this as he reminds us that Christians are aliens and exiles in an often-hostile empire. Yet we are simultaneously the chosen of God, equipped by Jesus’ work for us and in us to live faithfully in our dual identity.
In this exposition of 1 Peter, Daniel Doriani explains how the work of Christ enables Christians to live with hope, joy, and faithfulness in a pagan world. He also explores Peter’s emphasis on the kind of life that pleases God—a life that includes respect for authorities, just or unjust; godly behavior as a wife, husband, or elder; and, by God’s grace, good deeds, courage, and a firm stand in the face of trials.
As are all the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of 1 Peter is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.
“Among the many expositions of 1 Peter, this REC volume stands out. It is exemplary in its careful handling of the text, theological robustness, and fresh writing. Unsurprisingly from the author of Putting the Truth to Work, which is the best treatment available on application, this exposition of 1 Peter is loaded with the best kind of application: faithful to the text, reflective, never forced, often telling.”
—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“What a breath of fresh commentary air! Reading Dan Doriani’s contribution to the Reformed Expository Commentary series was like sitting in a
lush garden filled with the fruit of seasoned scholarship, the hope of the everlasting gospel, and the implications of God’s transforming grace. My other ten commentaries on 1 Peter will now have to vie for second on my list of favorites. Pastors and teachers, mature believers, and brand-new Christians will all greatly benefit from Dan’s work in explaining the text and making applications to real life.”
—Scotty Smith, Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville
“Martin Luther said that to understand Scripture, the first books to read are Romans, the Gospel of John, and—surprisingly—1 Peter. Doriani shows
us why. In eighteen always-solid and often-brilliant chapters, he holds this epistolary jewel up to the light and convincingly conveys the beauty there. Doriani deftly deploys the understanding of a seasoned scholar, the wisdom of a longtime pastor, and the reverence of a committed disciple.”
—Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary