Along with the great privilege of salvation comes the responsibility to grow in holiness, so that being born anew, believers now crave the pure spiritual milk of the word, are built up into the house of God, mature in faith, and serve God.
To borrow an analogy, this birth from above alters the spiritual DNA of a person, so that along with the privilege and responsibility of divine parentage comes the Father’s own genetic characteristics, God’s holiness and God’s ability to love, everything a believer needs to fulfill the call of God.
https://youtu.be/Ay4-8cavIls Because of their salvation (Peter wrote, to the Jewish believers in Jesus living among the Diaspora), they had been profoundly altered, moving from the covenant of God with the Hebrew people to the covenant cut in the blood of Christ with every believer. They had been born anew, born from above, bought with the … Continue reading 1 Peter 2, Living Stones
Peter called attention to God the Father who foreknows, God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies, and God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who shed his blood to make atonement for our sins.
His was a rich and fruitful life, filled with miracles, powerful teaching, robust theology, and ground-breaking work as an apostle.
The second century church accepted this document as having come from Peter’s hands, and almost unanimously accepted Peter’s second letter as well (and, of course, both were included in the canon of scripture).
Just as Jesus was the example for the believers in Peter's first century world, so Jesus is for us today. As free people, let us hupotasso one unto the other, for Christ's sake, that God may be glorified.
There are three basic things Peter emphasized in this passage for you and I to do as we interact with each other: pray, love fervently, and make our hospitality cheerful. And there is one thing God calls you and me to stop doing: living in the identity we used to have before we came to Christ.
As a life-long waterman, Peter may have preached often using the metaphors of Noah's ark and the Flood as symbolic for salvation through Jesus.
Peter's instructions to Christians husbands and wives married to those who do not share their faith is a continuation of his them of living honorably.