The letter concludes with a summary of Peter's purpose for writing. He has declared the nature of God's saving grace that makes the readers God's people, and he has exhorted the readers to live by that grace.
Grace has made them the unique people of God, honored and blessed by God but suspected and abused by non-Christians. The same grace, however, provides them with all they need to be true to their calling as God's people and to conduct their lives in ways becoming to that call.
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Elliott, John H. A Home for the Homeless: A Sociological Exegesis of 1 Peter, Its Situation and Strategy. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1981.
Kelly, J. N. D. A Commentary on the Epistles of Peter and of Jude. HNTC. New York: Harper & Row, 1969.
Reicke, Bo. The Epistles of James, Peter, and Jude. A New Translation With Introduction and Commentary. AB. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1980.
Selwyn, Edward Gordon. The First Epistle of St. Peter: The Greek Text With Introduction, Notes and Essays. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1981.
Senior, Donald P. 1 and 2 Peter. New Testament Message. Vol. 20. Wilmington, Del.: Glazier, 1989.
Stibbs, Alan M. The First Epistle General of Peter. London: Tyndale, 1959.
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