I. Greeting (1 Peter 1:1-2)

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I. Greeting (1:1-2)

1:1-2 Peter’s greeting highlights the saving work of each member of the Trinity. The Christian recipients were chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. Peter was writing to Jewish (and some Gentile) Christians who were dispersed among Gentile nations. He reminded them that like their forefathers in faith, they were sovereignly chosen to be a light to the Gentiles (see Deut 4:6; Matt 5:13-16). Having come to Christ, they were to fulfill their divinely authorized and preplanned kingdom mission.

Salvation is no small thing. It involves the actions of the whole Godhead, with the specific election goal of creating obedient pilgrims on earth who share in Christ’s sufferings as we advance his kingdom agenda in the world.

Peter prays that grace and peace would be multiplied to them—that they will take advantage of the spiritual resources God has richly supplied so that his grace (i.e., his unmerited favor) may be exponentially expanded in their day-to-day lives.