Well, that was fun! My pastor preached on 1 Peter 1 today. And it was my New Testament reading, too. What a beautiful passage!
Here’s some of what I learned.
The first 6 verses include a comprehensive summary of the gospel!
- The past vs. 2a God chose us to be His Holy people long ago
- The Cross vs. 2b The blood of Jesus’ death cleansed us of sin – and set the stage for our obedience
- The hope vs. 3 We are born again by God’s grace into a living hope. Our hope is alive because Jesus didn’t just die; He rose from the dead. So His death on our behalf worked!
- The future vs. 4-5 Because Christ’s death reconciled us to God, He has reserved his children (us!) blessings in heaven which are “imperishable, undefiled, and unfading” – our final salvation, our future resurrection – and eternity with Jesus!
Our pastor pointed out that “in this you rejoice,” despite our trials. When we face difficulties:
…[our] 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 1:7 ESV)
I can testify to the purification of suffering! When Jesus returns, the change in our lives brought about by pain will bring Him praise and glory. Yay!
And there’s more to rejoice about:
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… (1 Peter 1:8 ESV)
The fact that we love and believe in a God we cannot see – wow – that can fill us with inexpressible joy! He died so that we could love Him!
I learned something new today, too, as Pastor preached on verses 10-12.
When the prophets were writing verses like Ezekiel did about David ruling again, he knew that David wouldn’t be coming back from the grave, so what was he writing about? They prophets wrote about some suffering servant and a kingly leader, but they didn’t know what it meant.
They asked “…what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.” (vs. 11)
But they never knew! Why?
“It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you.” (vs. 12)
The prophets knew that they would never know what their prophecies meant (in this life). But they knew that we would know. They knew they were serving a future people of God. Wow.
And more than that. The angels didn’t know either!
We get the good news preached to US! What we know about Jesus and the Gospel are “things into which angels long to look” but didn’t get to see.
But we do.
Today’s Readings: Ezekiel 41:1-42:20, Psalm 133:1-3, Proverbs 29:6, 1 Peter 1:1-25. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).