Christians are temporary residents of this world, for they belong to God; see 2.9–10
. Sprinkling with his blood refers to baptism into Christ's death; see Heb. 9.13–14
Our inheritance is God's continuing love, accepted through baptism.
Salvation is sure, but comes fully only in the future.
The trials faced by Christians could include even persecution; see Introduction.
Salvation has always been God's purpose; even the prophets preached the gospel; see 1.23–25
Hope should conform one's life to the holiness of God; see Lev. 11.44–45; Eph. 2.1–3
Father: the Lord's Prayer.
See 1.10–12 n.
Now … purified: in baptism; see vv. 1–2 n., 4 n.
The gospel is that God remains active for salvation (Isa. 40.6–9
); see 1.10–12
Pure…milk: the Lord's goodness (
); see Ps. 34.8
The living stone: the risen Christ; see Ps. 118.22; Isa. 8.14; 28.16
, passages frequently applied to Christ in the early church.
Since Christ is a new temple, replacing the one in Jerusalem (see Jn. 2.19–22
), Christians are its living stones, and are a new priesthood, replacing the Jerusalem priests. Spiritual sacrifices: Christian obedience (see Rom. 12.1
Unbelievers will be judged; see Isa. 8.14–15
See the images in Isa. 43.20–21; Exod. 19.6; Hos. chs. 1–2
. God's people are not passive.
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