We begin today looking at a passage that William Barclay says, "...there are few passages in the New Testament where more of the great fundamental Christian ideas come together." The next few weeks, I plan to post on 1 Peter 1:3-5 (and hope to hear your thoughts as well).
We begin with the first affirmation of the author.
Blessed (Praise, NIV) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ... (NASB)
The Jews recognized God in their prayer from the beginning. "Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the LORD is one!" (Deuteronomy 6:4). When Peter writes to God's chosen people residing as aliens (1:1), He implores them to remember who their God is. For the Christian in the New Testament, the difference between a Jew recognizing YHWH and to whom the Christian prays is important to note. In other words, Christians recognize not only the Father, but also the Son as being God incarnate.
This is important throughout the letter Peter pens. Any initial thoughts?