Peter’s readers were living as exiles in foreign lands, far from their homes and people. They were refugees, looked down on, and persecuted for being different in their beliefs and culture. But Peter thinks much better of them, as does God. To Him they are chosen, valuable, beloved. Out of His love God has “caused them to be born again” into His family, bringing them a “living hope” and an eternal inheritance, reserved in heaven for them.
But against this glorious backdrop there is also the presence of adversity in this broken world. Again, in vs. 6-9, Peter encourages them that adversity is actually an opportunity to see the genuineness of their faith. And this is important since salvation is the reward of genuine faith.
But is this salvation worth it? Peter now shows that his readers – and we! – live in a privileged position. We now know what the Old Testament prophets longed to know and have experienced what the angels long to experience. We know the reality of Jesus’ death and r