Greetings to the Elect Pilgrims in Exile
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1–1:2
Key Truth: As God’s chosen people, we are to live in the power of the Holy Spirit in service to Christ’s redemptive work as we journey through this fallen world.
Where is home for you?
What qualities make it feel like home to you?
Is this place permanent?
“(Peter) calls (his audience) the scattered people, and says that they are strangers, aliens who are transients, temporary residents, travelers headed for their native land. These terms give us the key to Peter’s whole letter. Peter is writing a traveler’s guide for Christian pilgrims. He reminds them that their hope is anchored in their homeland. They are called to endure alienation as strangers, but they have a heavenly citizenship and destiny….Does the Christian flee from the world, fight it, conform to it, change it — or is there a deeper meaning to the call to pilgrimage?”
Edmund Clowney, The Message of 1 Peter: The Way of the Cross
Greeting to the Elect Pilgrims in Exile: Defining Relationships:
1 Peter 1:1-2
“Like the Israelites before them, called by God to be a people who would serve him, so the readers are reminded that God has always intended that they should be his people and should serve him where he has placed them, in these Roman provinces. Their election by God reminds them that they are Christians simply by God’s grace, his undeserved mercy and love; it also reminds them that they are chosen for a purpose and that God will keep them and protect them as they fulfill his will for them.”
Paul Gardner, 1&2 Peter & Jude: Christian Living in an Age of Suffering
What most defines who you are and who you are striving to be: God or the world?
What most defines your purpose in life: God or the world?
1 Peter 1:1-2 teaches us that as God’s chosen people:
- we are to live in the power of the Holy Spirit in service to Christ’s redemptive work as we journey through this fallen world
1 Peter 5:6-11
More in The Pilgrim Letters: 1 & 2 Peter
September 16, 2018The Pilgrim’s Suffering (Part 4): Communion with Christ
September 9, 2018The Pilgrim’s Suffering (Part 3): Beneficial Gifts
September 2, 2018The Pilgrim’s Suffering (Part 2): Baptism Remembered