Today we are going to look at 1 Peter 1:1-4. When I read these verses, six phrases jumped out at me.
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 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.
Grace to you. I speak that to you now.
Grace is God’s favor. We did not earn it. He gives it to us freely.
God’s grace surrounds you today.
God’s grace is for you.
God’s grace is yours.
Peace be multiplied. Peace is Shalom. Nothing missing, nothing broken. It’s not only the feeling of calm. It’s completeness.
I speak peace to your finances.
I speak peace to your body.
I speak peace to your home life.
I speak peace to your marriage
I speak peace to your relationships with your children.
I speak peace to your housing situation.
I speak peace to your job.
God wants you to have Shalom — completeness — in every area of your life.
God does not trickle into our lives. He gushes!
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, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
According to His abundant mercy. Not only mercy, ABUNDANT mercy. God doesn’t trickle into our lives. He gushes. I speak abundant mercy to you. That’s how God gave birth to us. His mercy drew us to Him. It is full and overflowing toward you and me.
Receive these truths. Lift up your hands and say, “Thank you, Lord. I receive them. I believe them.”
Receive it means to take by force. Make whatever the Word says yours. Say, “It’s mine. I have it in the name of Jesus.” Walk by faith. Even though you don’t see the manifestation, it is yours. Keep believing. Keep speaking the Word until you see the Word come to pass.
Lively hope. We don’t just have hope. We have a LIVING hope. Our hope – our strong and confident expectation — is alive. It lives and breathes. We have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
An inheritance, incorruptible, undefiled. Why? It’s reserved in Heaven for you. Use your faith to pull that inheritance into your life here on earth.
Receive it means to take by force. Make whatever the Word says yours.
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Kept by the power of God. How? Through faith. That is, daily standing on His promises. The end result is our complete salvation. We were saved when we made Jesus the Lord of our lives. That’s justification. As we journey through this world we are working out our salvation with fear and trembling. That’s the process of sanctification. When we make it to Heaven we will receive our glorified bodies. Our salvation will be complete. That’s glorification.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 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:
Our faith is what is most precious to God. I heard someone say that God’s greatest delight is to be believed. He wants us to take Him at his Word.
What have we learned today?
Grace – God’s favor — is ours. We have peace or completeness. Both are multiplied to us.
We have abundant mercy and a living hope. Our inheritance cannot be destroyed. It is protected in Heaven for us.
We are kept by the power of God through faith.
Remember these six phrases. Read 1 Peter 1:1-4 and think about what these verses are saying to you. God has poured all of Himself into you. Remember, He doesn’t just trickle into our lives. He gushes.