|Chosen and Made Holy|
Linda, our Teacher of our Bible Study stated that 1 Peter was written to encourage us. The people of Peter’s day were dispersed and times were difficult. They were mixed in with the culture of their captivity.
At times another culture can rub off on you, so it is important to know who you are IN CHRIST. Peter was writing to the strangers scattered, and this included the Gentiles. God is no respecter of persons, and He has shed his grace upon all.
1 Peter 1:2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God multiply grace and peace to you.
Those who strayed from the Living God, were being encouraged to return to their roots in Jehovah God. Peter reminded them of the kindness and goodness of God and His love for them.
When we come upon a situation of trouble in our lives, these scriptures can encourage us.
We have a lively hope and our inheritance is reserved for us in heaven.
We have been born again Spiritually, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are like Him, for we are not IN Him and He is IN us.
We have a living Hope, so we must live breath and be among the living not the dead. Jesus desires us to enjoy life and life more abundantly.
We are actively blessed in the endless
– Here and now and
then also. Kingdom
Our past live is under the blood of Jesus and we now life in the manner and acting according to God’s law of Love.
He has given us living water, having vital power in its self and exerting the same upon the soul. A metaphor; To be in full vigorous, fresh, strong and effective as we are kept by the power of God. Our inheritance is not corrupt and does not perish. Fades not away.
You have everything you need !! You may say, I need a new car, a new house, new clothes, and a million dollars – but that is wants, not necessarily needs.
We are protected by the Power of God. That does not mean that bad things don’t happen, but through it all we are kept safe IN Him.
You may ask, “How do I get through the storms that will come?” Keep your head up, don’t look back, it is forward march and do NOT blame God for trouble.
We are to walk in forgiveness and live in peace as much as is possible.
The Christians in Peter’s day were captive, persecuted, and many were killed. Our persecution is minor compared to some in other lands.
Keep your relationship active with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Your faith is more precious than gold which parishes.
When Noah left the ark, he made a sacrifice, and a promise was given by the sign of the rainbow. Never again would God destroy the entire earth by water.
We have a better promise and a covenant with God in a personal relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Trials will come, but only for a season. Temptations will come, but do not yield.
May we all be found in praise to our God and in His abundance of Grace and Peace.