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1 Peter - Reformed Expository Commentary (Doriani)

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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.

Table of Contents:

  1. Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter 1:1-2)
  2. A Sure and Living Hope (1 Peter 1:3-9)
  3. The Authority of Peter and His Epistle (1 Peter 1:10-12)
  4. Hope and Holiness (1 Peter 1:13-21)
  5. Gospel Purification (1 Peter 1:22-2:3)
  6. Christian Identity (1 Peter 2:4-10)
  7. Pilgrims and Citizens (1 Peter 2:11-17)
  8. A Life Shaped by the Crucified Christ (1 Peter 2:18-25)
  9. Beautiful Wives, Considerate Husbands (1 Peter 3:1-7)
  10. The Good Life, the Peaceable Kingdom (1 Peter 3:8-12)
  11. The Right Fear (1 Peter 3:13-18)
  12. The Work of the Living Christ (1 Peter 3:18-22)
  13. Breaking with Sin (1 Peter 4:1-6)
  14. Gifts from God, Gifts for God (1 Peter 4:7-11)
  15. God’s Way to Endure Trials (1 Peter 4:12-19)
  16. Jesus Shepherds His Church through Servant Leaders (1 Peter 5:1-4)
  17. Humble Yourselves (1 Peter 5:5-6)
  18. Counsel and Blessing (1 Peter 5:7-14)



Daniel M. Doriani is vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary. Previously he was senior pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton, Missouri.



“Among the many expositions of 1 Peter, this REC volume stands out. It is exemplary in its carefully 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 applications: 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 implciations of God’s transforming grace. 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