Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Be Ye Holy, for I Am Holy

13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:13–16 (KJV)

The word, grace, in the first verse of this text is the key to understanding it. It is not a call to legalism, nor does it imply that salvation is by works. Salvation is by faith alone, in Christ alone.

Obedience does not save; but it is a longing in the heart and mind of all who are saved. When we look to the Cross of Christ and believe, we are going to ever long to be cleaner and purer before the One Who has born our sorrows and paid for our sins. Jesus is His name.

How can we be righteous? How can we be holy?

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1 Cor 1:30–31

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 1 Peter 1:1–12 (KJV)

That which was a long time coming, started long before we ever lived, and before we ever knew that we needed it. God’s plan of salvation for the lost world and all who believe can be traced back to the Fall and the judgement of the serpent.

The Torah tells of the forming of a world in which Messiah would come. The History books of the Bible record the preparing a nation in which He would be born and become their king, and they, His chosen people. The Wisdom literature and poetry express the yearning of God’s people for His coming. The Prophets point to both the first and second Advent. The Gospels record His coming to seek and to save that which was lost. Acts gives the forming of His church. The Epistles tell us how we should live for Him. And the Revelation foretells the end of time as we know it and gives a glimpse into Eternity.

Prophets and angels desire to look upon the Age of Grace; we get to live in it!

Monday, January 14, 2019

In Times of Heaviness

6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Peter writes of our live hope and inheritance incorruptible and undefiled in verses 3-5; he turns to our rejoicing even though we might face many troubles and temptations in this life.

God’s calls us to live by faith in times of trial and suffering. The trial of your faith is more precious than gold. Those who can only love God in times of blessing are acting as though God is a good luck charm. This is not really love it is playing let’s make a deal. We are saying, “God I’m all for you as long as you meet my needs and do what I ask you to do”

Real love is unconditional. In that kind of love we can rejoice in times of heaviness through manifold temptations. The rewards of faith are sure, and of great promise and blessing. Stay faithful to God in the trials of life because He is our Father.

Friday, January 11, 2019

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (KJV)

God has begotten us again! We are twice born! The first time unto sin and death and the second unto a lively hope! We now live in the way of the resurrected and redeemed through Christ.

We inherited from the first man Adam sin and the curse of a fallen life and world. We inherited from the second man Adam (Jesus) un inheritance incorruptible and undefiled that fadeth not away. The first inheritance I earthly and will pass way; the second is heavenly and is eternal in every way.

And we are kept by the power of God! This salvation is eternal and cannot be lost. The One Who gave it is righteous and perfect; He will never rescind it, and He will always keep it.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. I Peter 1:1-3 (KJV)

This is the introduction of the letter of the fisherman who has learned to fish for men. It was addressed to all the churches of Asia Minor (modern Turkey) but speaks into the hearts of all who believe everywhere of all time.

We are elect according to the foreknowledge of God. We are chosen ones by God who knew before we believed that we would believe. The Holy Trinity is working salvation into us: God the Father elects; God the Spirit sanctifies (sets apart), and God the Son bled for my salvation and for yours.

Our salivation is a matter of believing; we do not obey so that we may be saved, we grow in obedience because we have been saved. As we begin to work through 1
st Peter, I join with him in salutation to all who will follow these devotional thoughts:

Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.