NOVEMBER 9 READING…1 PETER 1
Peter speaks to believers that are scattered from their homes and hometowns because of persecution for their faith in Jesus…this is the dispersion. These precious saints are called and saved by God, and they continue to be in His hands, even though they are going through persecution. Because of the Resurrection of Jesus they, like us, have hope for the future…even for eternity. Biblical hope is not wishing for something…biblical hope is the calm assurance that what God has stated (promised) is true. Biblical hope is guaranteed, while earthly hope is wishful thinking. Our inheritance of eternal life in Jesus is incorruptible and undefiled…and heaven holds it securely. Think about it this way…we are held by the power of God. Now, do you know anybody or anything big and bad enough to overcome the power of God? Neither do I. So, we rest in this hope, even though we must face opposition and persecution. And we have been given the Holy Spirit as assurance of God’s eternal promise. So, we rest in this hope…for what can the world do to me? Absolutely nothing that can take away the promise I have from God in Christ Jesus.
Peter therefore calls us to holiness. It is true that our position in Christ is holy…but we are also called to live holy. Obedience is required, along with a willingness to set aside the lust of the flesh, and reject the way we formerly lived. We have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ; therefore, we are call to live as cleansed people. Along with living as a holy people, we are also called to love one another. We can be assured that the Word of the Lord, His truth and commandments, will always be there…even when everything else withers and fades away. This is the Word of the Gospel that we have received…the Word that speaks and brings us our salvation.
Please share your thoughts from today’s reading.
TOMORROW’S READING…1 PETER 2