Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion… according to the foreknowledge of God the Father…” ~ 1 Peter 1:1-2
So, the question is, “are they elect and exiles” or are they “elected to be exiles.” Do you even see the subtle difference? I would surely lean toward the latter. However, while Peter’s audience is surely suffering as natural exiles in the dispersion, in fact, aren’t we (Christians) all essentially elect exiles. We have all come from a world and are now, strangely, strangers within it. Gently walking in the tension of the already and the not yet.
Just thinking bout it this a.m.