1 Peter 1

1 Peter 1 has the writer we learn about the reality of our life as a Christ Follower.  “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”.  Here’s the result of the gospel – Jesus gives us the opportunity to be born again and receive an inheritance that can never be lost.  It is guarded by God’s power for eternity.

Our relationship with Christ is based on faith.  “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls”.  Faith is the assurance of things not seen.  That’s what we have to have in order to have a relationship with Jesus.  Some struggle to find that faith.  But we have to dig into Scripture to understand the blessings of God’s truth and realize that believing in Jesus will lead to salvation for eternity.  Faith is the key.

Peter goes on to describe how we should live as a Christ Follower.  “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct”.  Because of our salvation, we need to put our hope fulling on God’s grace.  Grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense.  It is unmerited favor.  We need to stay focused on the promises of God and live in a way that is pleasing to Him, as holy just as God is holy.

Peter breaks it down to the most basic way we can be holy, to “love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again”.  Being born again should change us.  It should fill us with love.  That love should flow from a pure heart.  Being born again makes us different.  We have a new mission, to live God’s way and love those in our patch.  Our heart can become pure and we need to stay focused on walking with our Savior.  Our orders will never change.  “The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever”.  We are to love!

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