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43. "A Chosen Generation"

Live in Faith and Holiness as a Chosen Generation

Chart 14-12: "1 Peter," from Charting the New Testament

Peter counsels us in 1 Peter 1:15 to "be ye holy in all manner of conversation." As the chosen generation, we are expected to strive to live in holiness. This chart outlines which topics Peter addresses throughout his first epistle to help us live a more holy and dedicated life of discipleship.

"A Chosen Generation," by Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1992

Peter's statement "Ye are a chosen generation" (1 Peter 2:9) is applicable today. In this article, Gordon B. Hinckley teaches us what this title implies and invites us to "think for a moment upon why you are here under the divine plan of your Father in Heaven and of your tremendous potential to do good during the life that He has given you."

"Reading 2 Peter as a Farewell Text," by John W. Welch and Brent J. Schmidt, from The Ministry of Peter, the Chief Apostle

Second Peter follows the form of other farewell texts. It includes a summons, an invoking of his life as an example, exhortations, blessings, revelation of future events, covenant renewal, and more.  Seeing the epistle as a farewell text adds depth to the message that Peter gave to his beloved flock.

"Think It Not Strange Concerning the Fiery Trial," by Sherrie Mills Johnson, from Go Ye Into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles

Suffering and Trial are a basic part of mortal experience. Peter pleads with the people not to turn away from the gospel and Jesus Christ as they undergo temptations, trials, and persecution. Peter urges them to pray and be sober and be willing to participate in the sufferings of Christ.

"Peter's Principles: An Approach to the First Epistle of Peter," by Terry B. Ball, from Go Ye Into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles

Peter’s first letter was written to warn, prepare, and bolster Christian converts for difficult times ahead. Peter taught that we must love and strengthen each other, remember that mortal suffering in only temporary, and follow the Savior’s example.

"Peter, the Chief Apostle," by Andrew C. Skinner, from Go Ye Into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles

Peter was the head of the church. His letters addressed Christian goals: Christians should remember that mortality is temporary, that they must endure in righteousness, and that God’s promises are real and they can make their calling and election sure through faith and effort.