Many Christians around the world today face severe persecution. Others continually feel the weight of cultural pressure against them. The apostle Peter speaks to this circumstance as he reminds us that Christians are aliens and exiles in an often-hostile empire. At the same time, believers are simultaneously the chosen of God, equipped by Jesus’ work for us and in us to live faithfully in our dual identity. In this exposition of 1 Peter, Daniel Doriani explains how the work of Christ enables Christians to live with hope, joy, and faithfulness in a pagan world. He also explores Peter’s emphasis on the kind of life that pleases God—a life that includes respect for authorities, just or unjust. Doriani also richly describes Peter’s teaching on godly behavior as a wife, husband, or elder. By God’s grace, Christians can perform good deeds, have courage, and take a firm stand in the face of trials.
“In 1 Peter 2, the descriptions of Jesus are singular and the descriptions of his people are plural. From this we learn that following Christ entails joining his community, the church. ‘To accept the Redeemer means also accepting the people whom he has redeemed.’4 The freelance Christian, who follows Jesus but is too good, too busy, or too self-sufficient for the church, is a walking contradiction. In the old covenant, God set his people apart from the nations. In the new covenant, he sets us apart as we live among the nations. But all of Scripture testifies that believers cannot be godly or fruitful without joining God’s family and realizing some form of separation from the world.” (Pages 66–67)
“With this segue to baptism, Peter presents a similarity between Noah’s family and the family of Christians. The senses are different, but both are saved through water. Yet whereas a few were saved through water in Noah’s day, now, Peter asserts, baptism saves you through the resurrection of Christ.” (Page 153)
“Peter wrote his epistle to Christians scattered through five provinces of the eastern empire, provinces that encompassed many peoples and languages. But Peter ignored race, ethnicity, and language and defined the churches by their status as God’s elect.” (Page 7)