Christian Behavior in a Pagan Society
A Comparison of First and Second Peter
1. God's great blessings to his people (1:1-2:10)
2. The conduct of God's people in the midst suffering (2:11-4:19)
3. The shepherding of God's people in the midst of suffering (5:1-14)
Peter wrote to Jewish Christians who were experiencing persecution for their faith. He wrote to comfort them with the hope of eternal life and to challenge them to continue living holy lives. Those who suffer for being Christians become partners with Christ in his suffering. As we suffer, we must remember that Christ is both our hope in the midst of suffering and our example of how to endure suffering faithfully.