New Testament In a Year: November 23 – 1 Peter 1

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1 Peter 1
(3-12) Born Again to a Living Hope
Our hope is alive because it is in the person of Jesus the Christ, Who was resurrected from the dead and will continue living forever. This is why we can endure difficulties, persevere through trials, and be optimistic in whatever situation we find ourselves in. Psalm 42:5 says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.” Our hope is not an idea or an aspiration. It is a Person.

John Piper describes Biblical hope as not just a desire for something good in the future, but as a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future. We must be confident that the good we expect and desire will be done. Therefore, it is right for us to have confidence that we will one day receive the imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance that is being kept in heaven for us. At the present moment, things may not be ideal for us, but we can rejoice because we have hope about the good that will take place in the future. The hard times that we go through on earth are sometimes tests of out faith. Is our faith genuine? Is our faith strong? If it is, we will pass whatever test comes our way.

We have not yet seen Jesus the Christ face to face, but we love Him and we believe in Him. This belief gives us inexpressible and glorious joy because we know that we will one day be with Him forever.

(13-25) Called to Be Holy
As we are told elsewhere in the Bible, we must not allow ourselves to be conformed to the world. We must not go back to the way we were before we knew about Jesus the Christ and received His salvation. Instead, we must strive to be holy in all that we say and all that we do just as Christ is holy. He did not ransom us with silver and gold, but with His own blood. His precious, perfect sacrifice is all the more reason why we should constantly strive for holiness. Through Christ, we are believers in God. Through Christ, we will be raised from the dead to join God in glory. Through Christ, our faith and hope is secure.

Holiness will create within us a genuine heart of love for God and for others.

Favorite verse: (8) 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.

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