To the Elect Exiles

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (1 Peter 1:1)

As we open up Peter’s first epistle, we immediately learn 3 things from Peter’s words…

I. THESE ARE THE WORDS OF ONE WHO WALKED WITH JESUS

Peter…”

II. THESE ARE THE WORDS OF ONE UNIQUELY COMMISSIONED BY JESUS TO BE AN AUTHORITATIVE MESSENGER OF HIS

“…an apostle of Jesus Christ…”

III. THESE WORDS DESCRIBE OUR CHRISTIAN IDENTITY IN TERMS OF ITS VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL DIMENSIONS

The vertical dimension of our Christian identity: “To those who are elect…”

The horizontal dimension of our Christian identity: “…exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia…”

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