Today we begin our study of 1 Peter. While only 105 verses, this letter from the pen of the Apostle covers a lot of ground. The recipients were Christ-followers whose lives had become difficult because they were forced to live out their love for Jesus in societies that were unfriendly to their faith. Yet Peter calls them to a joy-filled obedience based on the fact that, in Christ Jesus, they were a special people with an amazing privilege. Their identity was found, not in what the world threw at them, but in what Christ had made of them. Their greatest satisfaction would come in accomplishing the task Christ had fitted them for: proclaiming the excellencies of Him who called (them) out of darkness into His marvelous light” (2:9).
As we study this Spirit-inspired letter, we will find it easy to identify with the original readers. Today we can quickly forget that, in Christ, we are a special and valuable people. We have been drawn to God and endowed with a sacred privilege. Though the