Summary: 2 of 2. Peter addressed his circular letter to those who were considered as aliens in the world. But why are these considered as alien? Christians are considered alien by...
CONSIDERED ALIEN-II—1Peter 1:1-2
We must consider the way Christians appear to a lost world—To many we are strange, weird, alien & thereby, a little fruity.
There was a song some years back by DC Talk entitled ‘Jesus Freak.’
“I saw a man with tat on his big fat belly
It wriggled around like marmalade jelly
It took me a while to catch what it said
Cause I had to match the rhythm Of his belly with my head
'Jesus Saves' is what it raved in a typical tattoo green
He stood on a box in the middle of the city
And claimed he had a dream”
Then the chorus follows with—
“What will people think when they hear that I’m a Jesus Freak? What will people do when they know that its true. I don't really care if they label me a Jesus freak. There ain't no disguising the truth.”
True Christians are indeed ‘Considered Alien’!
Peter addressed his circular letter to those who were considered as aliens in the world.
Why are Christians considered aliens?
4 reasons Christians are considered aliens.
?Am I ‘alien enough’ to garner an audience for Christ?
?Are you ‘alien enough’ to call attention to Christ?
We have discovered that Christians are considered alien by...
3—Christians are considered alien by...
:2a-e—“elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience & sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you & peace be multiplied.”
These who reside as pilgrims/strangers/aliens/sojourners/temporary residents(:1) in the world & live in various geographical locations are identified as being the “elect” of God.
“Elect/Who are chosen”—eklektov—Adj.—1)Picked out, chosen. Strong—Select; by implication--Favorite.
“according to the foreknowledge of God the Father...”
God has Himself “elected”/chosen based on His perfect “foreknowledge.” In this He is well aware of who will trust & who will not trust, who is true & who is a pretender, who is righteous & who is lawfully moral.
The “elect” are the “elect” in the sense that their election is in “accordance” with “the foreknowledge of God”, i.e., They have been “known” from before the time that the world’s very foundation was laid.
Eph. 1:3-6—“Blessed be the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy & without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.”