We live our our new identity in Christ by intentionally being under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Purity is as much an evidence of our new identity as love. The transformation requires an intentional choice that flows from a renewed mind.
We are to live worthy of our calling, and so, as being part of God’s new community, the first, important outcome is to live and serve together in unity.
Paul calls us to pray for the grace and power needed to live out our new identity (which is the subject of his teaching in chapters 4-6.)
Paul prays that we grow in our experience of His power, our assurance of our hope, and awareness of our new identity as being God’s inheritance!
Paul prays that we grow in our knowledge of God and His power. He also shows that our new identity includes us being God’s inheritance!
Our identity in Christ is further seen in both the present and future aspects of our salvation – grace experienced now, and future grace guaranteed.
We have chosen to follow Christ in real time, but our faith is anchored in eternity where we find that, before creation, God chose us to be His.
This week we begin our study of 1 Peter by discussing what Peter has to say about our new identity in Christ.