1 Peter: An Apologetic For Resident Aliens 1:1-2
We are doing a Study of 1st Peter, and looking at how God asks His Church to live in the midst of growing opposition to His Kingdom lifestyle.
1 Peter 1:1-2: Chosen, Sanctified and Forgiven
“1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.”
In one way this is a simple greeting, but in another way it is a potentially incendiary idea. What does it mean to be elect? Peter’s letter expands on this idea, but suffice it to say that election carries with it the idea that it is God who saves us, apart from our gross rebellion. Some believe election is based on “foreknowledge” of God, which it is; but foreknowledge is not about God knowing who will make the right “choice” for Him, and therefore He “chooses” them; rather that He fore-loved those whom He chose. If election were as some believe, you would still have people being born “predetermined” without a chance to make any other choice in their life. Note that election and “sanctification” are “for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with His blood.” Here is the heart of the “grace and peace” in our lives. It is God’s salvation that gives us hope and works in our life to change us into His image. That’s what gives us meaning, purpose and joy in our hearts and minds.
- What does “elect” mean?
- What does it mean to be “exiles?”
- How does being an exile affect the way you think about being a Christian in this culture?
- How does Romans 8:28-32 help you understand the idea of God’s electing foreknowledge?