Resisting the Devil

Tim Brown

READ : 1 Peter 5:6-14 Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (v. 8) Christians often make two equal and opposite mistakes with respect to the devil. The first is giving the devil too much respect. Did you notice that Peter refers to the devil as “your adversary”? The devil is not the equal and opposite of the living God, who has been perfectly revealed to us through Jesus Christ through the power …

No Surprises!

Tim Brown

READ : 1 Peter 4:12-19 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you. (v. 12) If you are reading this devotional somewhere in North America it may be difficult to feel the force of Peter's warning. He sees fiery ordeals coming for all who follow the Crucified One. Peter wrote in the heyday of the Roman Empire. Josephus tells us of one emperor who enjoyed catching flies and stabbing them with …

Sober to Pray

Tim Brown

READ : 1 Peter 4:1-11 The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. (v. 7 NRSV) Every biblical author addressing the end of all things agrees about this: it will be frightening! So Peter reasons further that we must be serious enough and disciplined enough to meaningfully participate in what the Lord is doing through our prayers. A theologian whom I owe a great debt once said, “What matters …

A Ready Defense

Tim Brown

READ : 1 Peter 3:8-22 Always be ready to make your defense . . . (v. 15 NRSV) Among the finest students I have ever taught are the brave and zealous men and women from the great African country of Uganda. The names of Stephen, Titus, Millie, Latimer, Asaph, and many more rise from my lips heavenward with great regularity. I pray for them, often through my tears, because they live in the same kind of world Peter lived in. …

A Family Affair

Tim Brown

READ : 1 Peter 3:1-7 . . . so that nothing may hinder your prayers. (v. 7 NRSV) We live in a world of extraordinary social change where even the marriage between a man and a woman is under attack. How we need the encouragement and moral direction Peter offers husbands and wives today. When the Lord saw Adam alone in the Garden of Eden, he announced that this wasn't good (Gen. 2:18). So from Adam's rib God himself fashioned …

Beloved and Urged

Tim Brown

READ : 1 Peter 2:11-25 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable. (v. 12) Peter was assuming several things as he wrote to Christian brothers and sisters in his day, and I am certain he would make the same assumptions about us in our day. He assumes that (1) we will live in exile, (2) the comforts of being constantly in the fellowship of Christian believers will not be our normal experience, and (3) we will remind ourselves, over and …