THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PETER, CALLED
1 PETER
 
Chapter: 1 2 3 4 5

O  U  T  L  I  N  E
- Doctrinal Part: Summary of the Book 1 Peter 1:1-12
    - Greeting: To the Sojourners of the Dispersion 1 Peter 1:1-2
    - The Christian's Inheritance 1 Peter 1:3-5
    - The Trial of Our Faith 1 Peter 1:6-9
    - The Prophets' Testimony of the Sufferings of Christ and the Glories to Follow 1 Peter 1:10-12
- Conduct Suited to Christian Relationships 1 Peter 1:13 - 2:17
    - 1st: As Children in Relation to the Father 1 Peter 1:13-17
    - 2nd: As Redeemed in Relation to the Work of Christ 1 Peter 1:18-21
    - 3rd: As Brethren in Relation to One Another 1 Peter 1:22-25
    - 4th: As New-Born Babes in Relation to the Word 1 Peter 2:1-3
    - 5th: As Living Stones in Relation to Christ in Glory 1 Peter 2:4-8
    - 6th: As A Chosen Race in Relation to God 1 Peter 2:9-10
    - 7th: As Strangers and Pilgrims in Reference to the World 1 Peter 2:11-17
- Conduct Suited to Natural Relationships 1 Peter 2:18 - 3:7
    - Servants in their Relationship to Masters 1 Peter 2:18-25
    - Wives in their Relationship to Husbands 1 Peter 3:1-6
    - Husbands in their Relationship to Wives 1 Peter 3:7
- The Moral Government of God 1 Peter 3:8-13
    - Summary of the Behavior that Becomes Us as Christians 1 Peter 3:8-9
    - If you Want to Enjoy Life, Obey the Lord 1 Peter 3:10-13
- Exhortations with Regard to Christian Suffering 1 Peter 3:14 - 5:11
    - Suffering for Righteousness' Sake 1 Peter 3:14 - 4:11
    - Suffering for the Name of Christ 1 Peter 4:12-19
    - (Exhortations Concerning Oversight, Submission, and Humility) 1 Peter 5:1-7
    - Suffering from the Opposition of the Devil 1 Peter 5:8-11
- Conclusion 1 Peter 5:12-14
    - Sylvanus Carried the Epistle, Peter's Object in Writing the Epistle 1 Peter 5:12
    - Salutation 1 Peter 5:13-14

This epistle is a wilderness epistle, the saints are on earth, travelling to heaven, and salvation is seen at the end of the pathway (I Pet. 1:5, 2:2). 

Matthew 16 and 17 form the basis for Peter's first and second epistles, respectively. In his first epistle, Peter brings out that we are living stones built upon Christ the cornerstone into a spiritual house, as we have been "begotten again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). This directly correlates to the Lord's words in response to Peter's confession in Matt. 16. In his second epistle, Peter recounts the kingdom glory of Christ on the mount of transfiguration (Matt. 17) as a proof that the outcome of prophecy is sure. Peter was given the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and so he is occupied in both epistles with government. In his fist epistle he presents the government of God in the lives of believers, in his second epistle God's government in the world.