First Peter, more than any other epistle, speaks of the relation between the Church and society. Peter, rather than giving a five-fold tool for evaluating the interaction the believers have between themselves and society, understands the tension that new believers have between their old way of life and their new. Peter teaches the first century believers that a proper understanding of who they are in Christ will give them a proper understanding of how they are to conduct themselves in society.
From the outset of the letter, Peter is forming the believer’s identity. He addresses them as the “elect exiles of the dispersion in
One such understanding comes from the last time
God is not only concerned for the Israelites, but also for the Babylonians, and therefore the people of “
 Scott McKnight, 1 Peter, The NIV Application Commentary, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996), 21. Miroslav Volf, “Soft Difference: Theological Reflections on the Relation Between Church and Culture in 1 Peter,” Ex Auditu 10 (1994): 16.
 1 Peter 1:1, 2.
 McKnight, 46.
 J. Ramsey Michaels, 1 Peter, Word Biblical Commentary, (Waco: Word Books, 1988), 7.
 This becomes a large thrust of what Peter has to say. As we get to 1 Peter 2:11-12, this will become more evident.
 Ibid., xlv; McKnight, 24; Paul J. Achtemeier, 1 Peter, Hermeneia, (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996), 80.
 1 Peter 1:1.
 Whether he does or not will not be addressed in this paper.
 Romans 10:14-17.
 1 Peter 2:10.
 Peter refers to those who are not in Christ as Gentiles. See 1 Peter 2:12.
 1 Peter 2:9.