Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Peter is old when he writes this letter.
He has seen the Good News - the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - spread across the known world.
He has also observed and experienced the hardship of the opposition to God.
He calls his readers (and us) to a life style.
I Peter 1
13 "So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”[c]
17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.” 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.
21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters.[d] Love each other deeply with all your heart.[e]
23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God."
Those who accept the Gospel, who believe, have been cleansed from their sins. They have been born again. (Yes, it is in the Bible)
Now we are to rise to that life. Be holy. Show sincere love.
Live in reverent fear of God...
Monday, December 20, 2010
Today it is estimated there will be 800 MILLION pieces of mail sent. That is a lot of greetings, and gifts, and packages.
Peter's circumstances were not as easy as ours. He did not have a hallmark card in which to write. But listen to the words he uses to greet the believers!
1 Peter 1
Greetings from Peter
1 "This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.[a] 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 give you more and more grace and peace."
God's chosen people! God the Father KNEW you and chose you!
You have obeyed Him.
You have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
What a profound greeting!
Have you become one of God's family?
Have you been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ?
This Christmas season would be a great time to become a child of God.
Send me a comment and I can lead you to do what I and hundreds of millions have done around the world.