Reading: 1 Peter 1
Summary: As noted in this week’s reading introduction, 1 Peter is addressed to a broad audience; Christians in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bythinia (1 Pet. 1:1). Geographically, that includes nearly all of what is today the nation of Turkey.
Peter begins to lay the foundation for his appeal for faithfulness during persecution by reminding his readers of the living hope possessed by all Christians and the holy life to which we are called.
Some Deeper Water
I can remember becoming a strong enough swimmer to be able to swim in the deep end of the pool. It required a bit more skill and strength. Swimming there was also more fun and satisfying.
Though the Bible doesn’t use a swimming metaphor, it does use one based on diet. Here the difference is between eating meat and milk. Milk is for the less mature and inexperienced. Meat is for those who have spiritually grown (see 1 Cor. 3:1-3 and Hebrews 5:11-14).
Let’s consider something in the deep end, or some “meat” if you prefer. The Bible never uses the terminology “Trinity.” Not once. It does, however, present the concept of a “triune” God—three separate entities that are Deity, yet not three God’s, but one. A number of passages place the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in very conspicuous connection with each other. Perhaps the best known is Jesus instruction that as His disciples make disciples of all nations, they are to baptize them “in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19).
Less blatantly obvious are passages like 1 Peter 1:2. Here Christians are said to be “elect” according to “the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood.” There they all are; Father, Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ.
Lest the reader think this brief discourse would somehow provide complete and satisfactory explanation of God’s mysterious and inexplicable composition, it rather is to merely bring into our minds some very deep thoughts on which to ponder. To dip our toes, as it were, in the deep end of the pool.