A Living Hope – 1 Peter 1: 1-12
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his blood: May grace and peace be yours in abundance.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, 11 inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look!
Peter was written by the disciple we all know. The Peter, who was the closest disciple of Jesus. The Peter, who denied Christ, and the Peter who asked if he loved our Lord, and who Jesus appointed the church.
Peter starts this book with greeting the readers with the confidence of salvation.
How confident are you about your salvation?
Do we live with the confidence of being in the kingdom of God for eternity?
Do we put our hopes and focus on the coming Kingdom?
Peter says, “5 who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5)
Our protection is fulfilled only at the end of time when we meet Christ, face-to-face. The confidence gives us the strength to overcome all difficulties.
“6 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials,” (1 Peter 1:6)
When we have that confidence, there is nothing that can shake us down.
Let us not be afraid of anything because we have this confidence.
Let us share this hope with the world, which is driven by fear.
Let us not forget that Christ came to the world for us, to give us this reason.
This song is one of my favorite songs, which is often played on 91.3 Spirit FM.
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