1 Peter

Our Inheritance

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I’ve spent the last month reflecting on 1 Peter and in the last few days reviewing the letter. I was struck again by the reality of our eternal future which is through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Our inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away. It is reserved in heaven for us and is protected by the power of God. Amazing.

Below is the passage. Take a few minutes to read and ponder what Peter says.

“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 you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” (1 Peter 1:3-7 NASB)

Here are a few questions to consider:

  1. What thoughts came to your mind?
  2. How should we think about our inheritance?
  3. What part do trials play in our inheritance?

Take a few minutes to thank the Lord for all He has done for you.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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More on Suffering

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Suffering is not a topic we like to think or talk about, but it is part of the normal Christian life. I’ve been reminded about this truth​ through my last 26 days spent reflecting on 1 Peter. Today I spent some time reflecting on this passage:

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” (1 Pt. 4:12-19)

Take a few minutes to ponder this passage.

  1. What is your perspective on suffering?
  2. How have you responded to suffering for Christ in the past?
  3. What is the Lord teaching you through this passage?

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Suffering

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Through MentorLink’s weekly Prayer Updates, we keep up with over 100 of the Lord’s servants around the world. This gives us some idea of the hardships and suffering that is happening around the world.

This past week, I was reminded again at the role suffering plays in our lives. The Lord has called us to suffering. It is part of the normal life for those in Christ. The following passage gives perspective:

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (1 Pt. 2:21-25)

Take a moment to reflect on this passage. These questions may be a help:

1. How have I suffered in the past?
2. Being honest with myself, how has that suffering shaped me?
3. How does this passage shape my perspective on suffering?
4. Take a moment to thank Jesus for His suffering for you.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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People of God

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This week I have continued my slow journey through 1 Peter. This is a fascinating time for me as I reflect on these truths for my life.

Peter is toward the end of his life. He shares with us what is really important.

Yesterday I spent some time pondering this passage:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Pt. 2:9-11)

This passage tells you and me who we are in God’s eyes. Take a few minutes to ponder how He views us.

Here are a few questions for reflection:

  1. Which of these descriptions is most encouraging to me?
  2. Which one is most challenging?
  3. Which description is most hopeful?
  4. How does He want me to respond?
  5. Take a few minutes to thank Him.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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