"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance." (1 Peter 1:1-2, NIV)
We had a great discussion last night at our home group on 1 Peter 1:1-12. Actually, we didn’t get past verses 1 and 2!! We had quite a bit of discussion on the concept of "the elect" found in verse 1:
We talked about the differing views on election expressed by John Calvin and Jacobus Arminius. You can find a web page (the source I used to discuss this last night) with a summary of the two views and what I think is a balanced take on the matter here. I will be glad to give you more detailed information from the commentaries and Bible handbooks that I have in my library if would like. Please remember that this issue should not divide us as Christians. We are told that we must have a personal relationship with Jesus to spend eternity with Him and that we should share the Gospel with those around us. Don’t let Satan use this issue to attack our fellow believers. Keep the questions coming, and we’ll grow from investigating the Bible to find the answers.