Secure: When Life Hits Hard
The Gospel Gives Us Endurance (v. 1-2)
We are chosen by God
The word “foreknowledge” (prognōsis) could simply mean that God foresaw whom would be his elect or chosen.
their status as sojourners, their privileges as God’s chosen people, even their hostile environment in Pontus, Galatia, etc., were all known by God before the world began, all came about in accordance with his foreknowledge, and thus (we may conclude) all were in accordance with his fatherly love for his own people. Such foreknowledge is laden with comfort for Peter’s readers.
We are Sanctified by the Spirit
We are Set Apart for Obedience
The foreknowing work of God and the sanctifying action of the Spirit result in human obedience and the sprinkling of Christ’s blood
Conversion is not merely an intellectual acceptance of the gospel, nor is it faith with a blank slate. Conversion involves obedience and submission to the gospel, what Paul called the “obedience of faith” (Rom 1:5; 16:26).