04.01.2018

1 Peter 1:3-6 – “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”  You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

 

This passage is so encouraging and insightful.  It reminds us that this life is going somewhere.  It teaches us that what awaits us is “more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire”.  The people and the things that we love in this life are significant, but not by comparison.  The Resurrection of Christ is what gives us this living hope.  It is a living hope because it fills us with animation and vitality.  It is a gift that is ours by because of God’s mercy.  While we live this life, we are protected.

 

So many things are uncertain today.  Even this morning, our joy is threatened by struggle and doubt, but do not fear.  Confusion is conquered by truth and hate is conquered by love.

 

-Dennis

 


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