Remember Who You Are | 1 Peter 1:1-2

1 Peter

The Christian life is a race. One of the keys to running the Christian race well is never forgetting who you are. Timothy “TA” Ateek unpacks 1 Peter 1:1-2 to show us how God has set His affections on us.

Timothy "TA" AteekJan 29, 2023
1 Peter 1:1-2

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Remember Who You Are | 1 Peter 1:1-2
Timothy "TA" AteekJan 29, 2023


Peter greets the Gentiles in 1 Peter with three reminders about who they are. As an apostle and eyewitness to Jesus’s life, Peter has the authority to encourage these believers with these truths, which are also true of us today.

  • The reality of your identity (1 Peter 1:1)
    • Christians are elect exiles. We live in the tension of being chosen by God but rejected by man. (1 Peter 2:9)
    • Beware when you are loved by God and loved by the world. Your affections are divided.
  • The reasons for your identity (1 Peter 1:2)
    • God chose us to be His children. This divine choosing allows us to choose Him and respond in faith. (Genesis 18:19; John 1:12-13)
    • The Holy Spirit convicts and regenerates us. This leads to obedience and sanctification.
  • The result of your identity (1 Peter 1:2)
    • Grace is an entitlement of the Christian life. This undeserved favor we experience in Christian life is not us doing something for God. It is God doing in and through us.
    • Peace occurs when you are right with God, even if everything in your worldly circumstances is wrong. (Acts 12:6)

Discussion and Application

  • How are you wrestling with your identity in Christ in this season?
  • Reflect on when you became an “elect exile” and share your thoughts and feelings as you sit in the overwhelming truth of God’s grace on you.
  • Who can you encourage this week in their identity in Christ or with your new-found identity?
  • Which result of your identity is harder for you to understand and live out: God’s grace or God’s peace? Explain why.