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To God’s elect!

Scripture reading for November 22nd: 1st Peter 1:1-12

Peter was one of the Twelve disciples.  Peter was notoriously impulsive and sometimes very fickle in his walk with Jesus.  Jesus chose him, not for his perfection, but because of God’s sovereign purpose.  Peter faithfully served the Lord by ministering mainly to Jews in the early church.  We have two letters written by him to encourage those suffering persecution as believers in Christ.  These speak to us today!

“To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood:  Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” (1st Peter 1:1-2)

Peter began his letter by addressing those who would receive it.  He first stated that they were God’s elect!  God the Father chose them by His foreknowledge to be a part of His family.  God knows the hearts of all men and chooses them.  This does not mean that we do not have free will.  God knows how we will choose and knows us completely from before creation!  (Ephesians 1:4-5)

He told the believers that they were scattered by God.  The term ‘scattered’ was a farming term used of the farmer that purposely placed the seed in soil where it would grow and produce a crop.  Each believer is placed by God like seed.  God’s purpose for us is that we will produce fruit–a crop of righteousness–for His glory!

To enable this, God’s gift of grace to us is the gift of His righteousness brought to us by the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit indwells us upon our obedience of placing faith in Christ’s sacrifice.  The Holy Spirit works within us to sanctify us, that is to make us holy and complete.

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1st Peter 1:9-10)  What a privilege we share with the recipients of this apostolic letter from Peter!  Thank the Lord for His calling and saving grace!

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