- Overview of Background/Setting
The emphasis of the epistle on the pilgrim posture stresses the distinctiveness of the Christian lifestyle and the allegiance of the saints to a city “whose builder and maker is God.” But Christian pilgrims are not “just a passin’ through” as the song indicates. They constitute a “pilgrim priesthood” on a royal mission, men and women whose loving responses to suffering and hardship will constitute irrefutable proof of a regenerating experience with the Creator-Redeemer of this world.
(Paige Patterson, A Pilgrim Priesthood: An Exposition of the Epistle of First Peter, p. 9.)
Recipients: Jewish and Gentile Christians in Asia Minor who are experiencing hardship and persecution because of their commitment to Christ.
Origin: Rome or Babylon of Mesopotamia
Genre: epistolary-includes expository and hortatory elements. Therefore, the text-driven approach calls for the deductive development of sermons.