3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)
In today’s reading, the living hope is the salvation waiting for those who believe in Jesus Christ. Peter opens his letter with words of praise for God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, reminding readers that salvation is a gift of God’s mercy. Then Peter states believers are given “a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” What exactly does Peter mean when he speaks of “a living hope”?
In verse 3 Peter states that it is the “new birth” that provides our living hope, affirming that salvation is a gift from God. The Greek term for “hope” in the passage means “an eager, confident expectation”. We experience rebirth not because of who we are or anything we have done. We are reborn of God through Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Salvation changes who we are, making us dead to sin and alive to righteousness in Jesus Christ. This new birth serves as our reason for hope, the assurance of salvation.
Then in verses 4 and 5 Peter goes on to describe our salvation as an inheritance, locked up in the bank vault of heaven, guarded against every intruder who might take it from us. We are assured that God’s power is guarding us so that someday we will enjoy our inheritance.
Peter says our salvation is indescribable that the only way Peter can describe it is by telling us some things that it is not, it is not perishable, not defiled, and not fading. By imperishable, Peter means that our salvation is free from death and decay. Also, our inheritance is undefiled, which means that it’s free from moral impurity or uncleanness of any kind. Furthermore, our inheritance will not fade away. It is free from the ravages of time.
Next, in verse 5 Peter tells us our salvation is protected guarded by God’s power through faith. In Greek, protected is a military term implying those who are born again are under enemy attack. Satan wants to keep us from gaining our inheritance. But we are surrounded by an army taking us, with safe passage, to the place where our eternal inheritance awaits us. But it is no earthly army that protects us it is the very power of God. What could be more powerful than the power of the God who spoke the universe into existence?
Finally, when Peter says that our salvation is “ready to be revealed in the last time,” he means that we now only enjoy a small part of what God has laid in store for us. We cannot even begin to comprehend it all, but we can trust God that it will be far better than we can imagine. Our salvation is ready to be revealed, like a statue waiting to be unveiled. And what determines your future is seen in the phrase, “through faith.” We receive God’s salvation by faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Prayer For The Day
Lord God, I thank You for all Your blessings, today I especially praise You for the blessing of ___________ (fill in the blank). I thank You for the living hope of salvation that comes through my faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. I pray in His name, for He is my Savior and Lord. Amen.
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