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Chosen, sanctified, purified | Week of June 17th

1 Peter 1:1-2, Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion… elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace be multiplied.

From the sermon series: The Trinity

Peter’s first letter to the early Christians helps them to deal with the persecution they were facing because of their faith. He offers them hope through the example and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

When you study the first verse of this letter, there is a foreshadowing of the message that Peter writes to the early Christians. He addresses his audience as the pilgrims of the Dispersion. In Greek, “pilgrims” is the translation of parepidÄ“mos. This word can also be understood to mean “a stranger,” “a foreigner,” or “sojourning in a strange place.” There is even a way to understand this word in the context of the New Testament: one who sojourns on earth, but the native country is heaven. Since Peter’s message to these Christians is one of hope and endurance, it makes sense that he reminds them, right in the first verse, that earth is not their final home. They are pursuing eternal life with God. Heaven is the home that awaits them.

Journal Prompt: Have you ever thought of yourself as a “pilgrim” on this earth, journeying towards your eternal home with God? How does this thought give you hope for the future?

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