Detailed outline of 1 Peter

  1. Greetings (1:1–2)
  2. Praise to God for His Grace and Salvation (1:3–12)
  3. Exhortations to Holiness of Life (1:13—5:11)
    1. The Requirement of Holiness (1:13—2:3)
    2. The Position of Believers (2:4–12)
      1. A spiritual house (2:4–8)
      2. A chosen people (2:9–10)
      3. Aliens and strangers (2:11–12)
    3. Submission to Authority (2:13—3:7)
      1. Submission to rulers (2:13–17)
      2. Submission to masters (2:18–20)
      3. Christ’s example of submission (2:21–25)
      4. Submission of wives to husbands (3:1–6)
      5. The corresponding duty of husbands (3:7)
    4. Duties of All (3:8–17)
    5. Christ’s Example (3:18—4:6)
    6. Conduct in View of the End of All Things (4:7–11)
    7. Conduct of Those Who Suffer for Christ (4:12–19)
    8. Conduct of Elders (5:1–4)
    9. Conduct of the Young (5:5–11)
  4. The Purpose of the Letter (5:12)
  5. Final Greetings and Benediction (5:13–14)
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