First Peter means a lot to us personally, because we worked together diagramming portions of the book in Japanese as we were "dating" by correspondence in 1985-1986, before we first met in person. In a way, First Peter was "our first date." The many other Bible studies featured on this website all came later.
The three diagrams featured below are improved English versions of some of those that we put into Japanese in 1986. The main difference is that they look better today because we now have computers, software, and even the internet. We probably looked better back then, however!
That said, Peter's message is what really counts and diagramming helps us see his message more clearly. Diagrams of eternal words are better than earthly photos.
How would you describe 1 Peter 5:6? Seven Describe-It cards are used to do so in the photo below. Notice that there are two levels. The four cards on the upper level are about God's powerful protection amidst trials and his promise to justly honor his faithful servants in due time, according to his will.
On the lower level, three cards show that the verse is about the humbling process that takes place in daily life. In this, we must cooperate with God in line with his command. We can not actually humble ourselves, but we can and must cooperate with God as he humbles us through trials and persecution. He does the humbling, but we must cooperate. So the command to humble yourself in this verse is a special semi-passive one.Click here for a set of DESCRIBE-IT CARDS
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