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Category: 1 Peter

The Reality-altering Resurrection!

” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Thirty years removed from the reality-altering events of the cross and empty tomb, Peter was still gripped by the living Christ!

Five dimensions of reality are never the same after meeting the risen Christ.

1. The resurrected Christ offers us UNLIMITED MERCY.

“According to his great mercy …” (v.3a)

2. The resurrected Christ offers us UNENDING LIFE.

“He has caused us to be born again …” (v.3b)

3. The resurrected Christ offers us UNDYING HOPE.

We are born again “to a living hope.” (v.3c)

4. The resurrected Christ offers us UNDIMINISHED INHERITANCE.

We are born again “… to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (v.4)

5. The resurrected Christ offers us UNFAILING SECURITY.

We are those “who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (v.5)

Peter could never escape the wonder of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.   This new life, this higher life, this resurreciton life, this life–the very life of Jesus’ Himself–had become to him a relationship of unlimited mercy, unending life, undying hope, undiminished inheritance, and unfailing security.

May you find the same as you repose your soul in repentant faith upon the crucified, risen Lord Jesus Christ!

Perspective on Pain

In his first letter Peter writes to people facing significant pain.  He wastes no time in bringing perspective to the pain we all experience in this life.

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, as was necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

He reminds us our suffering is …

  • Passing – “now for a little while” (v.6a)
  • Purposeful – “as was necessary … so that the tested genuineness of your faith … may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (vv.6b, 7a, c)
  • Painful – “you have been grieved by various trials” (v.6c)

This proves that an accurate perspective has a wide enough view to acknowledge both the reality and gravity of pain, and yet also embrace the hope of God’s grace.  Indeed, by God’s wonderful grace Peter affirms that we share in, experience, and anticipate the fullness of a salvation which 1) prophets searched for, inquired into, and longed to understand (v.10-12a) and which 2) angels “long to look” into (v.12b)!

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