1 Peter: A Living Hope for Holy Living in a Hostile World
Chosen Sojourners - 1 Peter 1:1-2 (Part 1)
Peter - That one fisherman whom Jesus shaped into the leader of his Apostles and the early Church
Chosen Sojourners - Those individuals whom God chooses, setting them apart to himself, who then live as only temporary residents of this world
The word in the New Testament (twenty-two times) always refers to persons chosen by God from a group of others who are not chosen, and chosen for inclusion among God’s people, as recipients of great privilege and blessing (Matt. 20:16; 24:31; Rom. 8:33; etc.).
The readers are therefore best thought to be mixed congregations of Jewish and Gentile Christians.
The order in which the provinces are listed suggests the order in which a courier would deliver the letter as he traveled roughly in a circle.
Which Home Are You Living For?
Those who understand themselves as God’s elect have the ammunition to resist the norms and culture of the society they inhabit. Divine election reminds the readers that they have status, not because they are so worthy or noble but because God has bestowed his grace upon them.8 Hence, they have the energy to counter accepted cultural norms and to live in accord with God’s purpose.