July 1, 2024
New Life

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1 Peter 1:3-9 - 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. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if 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. 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.

Summary

In 1 Peter 1:3-9, the apostle Peter praises God the Father for the incredible gift of new life that He has given us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This new birth is not a physical rebirth, but a spiritual one - we are born again into a living hope and an eternal inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept safe for us in heaven, and we are shielded by God's power until the day when our full salvation is revealed. Even in the midst of trials and suffering, which test and refine our faith like gold purified by fire, we can rejoice with an inexpressible and glorious joy. For we know that the goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls. Though we have not seen Jesus, we love Him. And even though we do not see Him now, we believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, confident that we will one day see Him face to face. Our new birth into a living hope through Christ's resurrection is the source of our joy, the anchor for our souls, and the guarantee of our eternal inheritance. No matter what trials or hardships we face in this life, we can rest secure in the new life we have received in Christ.

Reflection

The gift of new life that God has given us in Christ is truly amazing to contemplate. Born again not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God (1 Peter 1:23). We were dead in our transgressions and sins, following the ways of this world and gratifying the cravings of our flesh (Ephesians 2:1-3). But God, being rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our trespasses (Ephesians 2:4-5). This new birth is not something we achieved by our own effort or good works, but is purely a gift of God's grace. He has caused us to be born again to a living hope - a hope that is vibrant, alive, and rooted in Christ's resurrection. Because Christ has conquered death, our hope is not wishful thinking but a confident assurance in our eternal inheritance. And what an inheritance it is! Imperishable, undefiled, unfading - in a word, perfect and eternal. It can never be taken away from us or lost. It is kept in heaven for us, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves cannot break in and steal (Matthew 6:20). We may suffer the loss of earthly goods, relationships, health, and even our mortal lives. But our true inheritance is untouchable and secure. In the meantime, we are shielded by God's power. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is protecting us. We are not kept by our own strength, but by the power of God through faith. And this faith, more precious than gold refined by fire, will result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). And though we have not seen Jesus, we love Him. Even though we do not see Him now, we believe in Him and rejoice with an inexpressible and glorious joy. For we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). Dear friends, let us live each day in light of the new life we have been given in Christ. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). And let us encourage one another all the more as we see the Day approaching, spurring each other on to love and good deeds and reminding each other of the glorious inheritance that awaits us (Hebrews 10:24-25). For in the end, the goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls. And that is a hope worth rejoicing in.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we praise You for the indescribable gift of new life that You have given us in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You that through His death and resurrection, we have been born again into a living hope and an inheritance that can never spoil or fade. Forgive us for the times we have taken this gift for granted or have failed to live in light of the glorious future that awaits us. Help us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Give us strength to persevere through trials and suffering, knowing that You are using them to refine and purify our faith. May we live each day in the joy and confidence of our salvation, even though we do not yet see You face to face. Fill us with Your Spirit, that we might overflow with love for You and for others. Use us to proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Thank You that our inheritance is kept in heaven for us, and that we are shielded by Your power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. We long for the day when our faith shall be sight, and we will see You as You are. But until then, may we walk by faith, rejoicing in the new life we have in You. In Jesus' precious name we pray, Amen.

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Radiant hope blooms eternal, Resurrected life's vibrant call. In heaven's light, our souls ascend, Rejoicing in the Savior's all.

Radiant hope blooms eternal,
Resurrected life's vibrant call.
In heaven's light, our souls ascend,
Rejoicing in the Savior's all.

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