As I sit here this morning I have turned to 1 Peter. Just looking at the headings for the different sections of scriptures excites me. I read the NLT version.
Salvation and the call to holiness.
Verses 3-9....The Hope of Eternal Life.
Verses 10-12....The Greatness of Salvation.
Verses 13-21....A Call to Holy Living.
As I read through the verses I felt just an unexplainable surge of excitement running through me!
Read this first section of verses.
The Hope of Eternal Life
8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
Truly....how awesome is this?! It is by His great mercy....God is protecting you by His power....
there is wonderful joy ahead....the reward for trusting Him will be the salvation of your souls!....just these few words alone can speak peace to your soul if you really stop and think about what they mean!
The Greatness of Salvation
10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward.
12 They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.
And what about how Christ suffered for you? What greater thing could anyone have done? There is nothing....nothing can compare to His love for you!
A Call to Holy Living
21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
This whole section speaks volumes to me. I read it all the time....and I still fail....all the time. But I will not be discouraged by my failures because I know that the ransom was paid for me! Paid for me by....the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. And since accepting this free gift I have placed my faith and hope in God because He did raise Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory!!
To back up in this a bit Peter tells us....Don't slip back into your old ways. He will judge you or reward you according to what you do. We are just...."temporary residents" here. I am excited that even though I fail in this earthly life it's all only temporary. Why? Because....
Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. If our faith and hope is truly where we say it is....in Christ....we have a lot to look forward to and we don't need to fear today or tomorrow.
I absolutely love this whole section of 1 Peter. I could probably say something about every verse and how I feel about it....there is just so much in these verses! My challenge to you today is to read them for yourself. How do they make you feel and what do they mean to you? What is the Lord revealing to you....making known to you....through these verses?
"until we see JESUS....face to face"