God’s Elect | 1 Peter 1:1-2

God’s Elect! by Rev. Shine Thomas

1 Peter 1:1-2

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Brief Background

Peter is writing this letter to the churches that are undergoing persecution around AD 64 by the then Roman Emperor, Nero. Christians are put in prison, executed, given to animals and the church is in fear. Let’s see what Peter has to say to a group of suffering believers of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

Coming back to: 1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

Who is Peter?

We know who Peter is.

Peter is one of the 12 apostles. He was known as the spokesperson of the disciples. Peter is the one who walked on water. It was Peter who said Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Peter rebuked Jesus when Jesus spoke about his death. It was Peter who denied Jesus three times. Finally, Jesus confronted Peter after his resurrection and asked, “Do you love me?” Thereafter, Peter was asked by Jesus, “Feed my sheep.”

When you come to the Book of Acts, Peter was the spokesman of the church on Pentecost. It was he who preached on Pentecost and 3000 people were saved. It was Peter who dealt with the hypocrisy of Ananias and Sapphira and God killed them in front of the church, Acts 5.

Another qualification of Peter is given in this epistle: 1 Peter 5:1-2 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:

Peter is a fellow elder. He is the shepherd. Jesus said to Peter, “Feed my flock.” So Peter is a shepherd or elder.

He is the eyewitness of the sufferings of Jesus Christ. Peter was there when Jesus was arrested. He saw the trial of Jesus very close. Peter was an eyewitness of Jesus’ suffering.

Jesus Christ

1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

Peter is writing on behalf of Jesus Christ.

Who is Jesus according to this letter? Jesus Christ in this epistle is not a dead man or Jesus Christ is not history. 1 Peter 3:21-22 ……by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

Who Are We On Earth?

We Are God’s Elect, Exiles Scattered Throughout The Earth.

1 Peter 1:1 1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Exiles scattered through the provinces. These are the Roman provinces. They are the believers. We are citizens of heaven who are scattered on the earth, exiles in this world. We are not to walk in the sinfulness of the world. Believers are to walk in purity and in holiness. There are other mention of this theme in the scripture.

Other References

Hebrews 11:13 All these people (the OT saints) were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.

Philippians 3:20-21 20But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

1 Peter 2:11-12 11Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

1 Peter 1:2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Conclusion:

God in eternity according to his foreknowledge elected us, in time or presently God has sanctified us. The purpose for our election and sanctification is to be obedient to Jesus Christ.

So the source of our election by God’s foreknowledge. The means of our election is by sanctification and the goal is for obedience. And see how he links all the three. Election is by God the Father. Sanctification is by God the Holy Spirit. Obedience is to Jesus Christ.

How is obedience to Jesus Christ possible? By the sprinkling of his blood. Christ obeyed God the Father and when we are sprinkled by the blood of Jesus we are able to obey God in Christ Jesus.

Take away points from this study: God’s Elect

1. Jesus Christ is in Control.

1 Peter 3:21-22 ……by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

2. We are strangers in the World.

3. We are the Father’s Elect.

God foreknew us before the creation of the world.

4. God has sanctified us by the Holy Spirit.

5. We called to obedience to Jesus Christ.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Muriel Benjamin

    Thank you Pastor for the lovely message.

    1. Rev. Shine Thomas

      Amen. You are welcome sister.

  2. Muriel Benjamin

    Thank you Pastor for the message about how to live holy, sanctified and in obedience to GOD.

    1. Rev. Shine Thomas

      Thank you Sister Muriel. God Bles You.

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