Tiptoe through the Tulips

When we start reading a new book of the Bible, how many of us just zoom over the “Greeting”? I know I tend to do that…until I slow myself down by translating the Greek. (And trust me…I’m still at the “tiptoe” stage…not going to break any land records yet!;)

When you s..l..o..w..l..y read throught 1Pet.1:1-2, you get so excited you want to…write a Blog Post!! [WARNING: If you are planning to TAKE this Ladie’s class on 1 Peter, you must forget everything you read so you can “discover” it yourself when the time comes! ;)]

Concerning God’s “elect ones” (v.1), we learn in (v.2):
1) God Elected: They are elected by the “forethought/pre-arrangement of God (the) Father.” The cause of their salvation is NOT that THEY reached out to God, BUT that GOD reached out to them. [cf.Paul: Rom.8:29-30; Eph.1:11]

2) God Effected: The new relationship becomes possible “by means of” the Spirit’s sanctifying power. [cf.2Thess.2:13; 1Cor.6:11]

3) The Response of Faith: Obedience to the gospel of Christ [cf.Rom.1:5]

4) Establishment of New Covenant Relationship: [Eg. Ex.24:3,7-8 sprinkling of blood follows pledge of obedience to Covenant (in Exodus: Mosaic Covenant; in 1Peter: New Covenant (Mk.14:24)]

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