1 Peter 1, God's gifts cannot be lost
1 Peter 1:3ff
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for your, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
--There is so much here to unpack, so many amazing truths to realize. It is really hard to stop at just this verse as well, reading this chapter fills me with hope and joy like nothing I could ever experience. I will try to highlight as much as possible without getting to long winded (I know I know, too late)
“According to his great mercy has caused us to be born again…” this is a great reminder that our grace is one not of ourselves, but of God. This is another of the foundational beliefs of my faith, we come to God through Him and Because of Him. This is not something we could ever do on our own. 1 John 4:19 says, "We love, because He first loved us."
"to gain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away..." We talk alot in Christian circles about being "sons of God" and "daughters of God". It is important to understand in context some things at work here. In the Roman world the poorer families would often request a wealthy family with no children and therefore no heir to "adopt" their child. This was done when the "child" was grown, so the accomplishments and the charachter of the "child" were known to the "parents". As such any child adopted in this way would be the "heir" and nothing, not even the birth of a biological child could change that in the eyes of the law. It is believed that Julius Caeser was adopted in this way. This, then is a great example of our "inheritence" as children of God. Everlasting life with God, nothing can change it, no law can overturn it, it is final.
Not to overlook the last section, I think this emphasises the previous point, we cannot lose our inheritence, we are protected by God, through faith. Faith being the "assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
Lastly I add a warning: do not let your inheritance blind you to your responsibilities as a child of God. Think of them as necessary chores, because you have been adopted into the kingdom of God you need to grow in your faith to love God and learn what that means. We know through our study of Scripture that Faith and Works go hand in hand, you cannot have one without the other, however one is more important, I believe. You see, Faith is paramount to works, if you have faith then naturally works will follow, works with no faith is nothing, it is hollow and empty, a pithy saying on a gravestone. Faith WITH Works is of God, and glorifies God and is what His Children are called to be. Faithful followers of Jesus Christ, looking each day for the work that God would have them do. Ready, when Jesus comes, to embrace their Father.
I love you,
December 14, 12:03am