1 Peter is written to a group of people who are doubting that Christianity is where the true grace of God is found. They are concerned that the persecution they are facing shows that they are out of favor with God, instead of recipients of God’s grace. As Peter begins to address this situation and exhort the Christians to both believe they are in God’s grace and to stand in it, he begins with reminding them of their salvation.
The Trinity’s Involvement
Peter begins by calling these brethren the “elect” of God. This has to do with their special status as God’s chosen people. In verse 2 he describes in more detail this election. In doing so we see how all three members of the Trinity are involved in our salvation: