No matter how good or bad your life may be right now, if you know Christ as your Savior, then your real reason for living is your awesome future. If you are a born again Christian, then you share in the greatest hope that anyone has ever or will ever have. God has given you new life by the power of His Holy Spirit inside you. Through your trust in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, you now have a home in heaven waiting for you. In God’s amazing mercy, He has not given you the punishment of hell that your sins deserved. Instead, when you were saved by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, you were given a place in God’s house and family that will never fade away, a place that nothing can take away from you. The very power of God Himself has secured your salvation forever. When you die, the Lord Jesus will call your soul home to be with Him. And then one day, after He returns, your soul will be reunited with a resurrected, glorified form of your body that will never experience death or pain again.
Man, those are reasons to get up in the morning! If we can keep fixing our minds on these promises, then you and I can face whatever life throws at us today, tomorrow, and the rest of our days. But how can I boldly say such things about you and me as Christians? How do I know that all of this is true of us? Because God has said it plainly in His Word, and our God cannot lie! Read it for yourself in today’s passage!
The Text (1 Peter 1:3-5)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Background and Observations
• There is a razor sharp logic in this passage when we recognize all three persons of the Trinity at work in our salvation. God the Father gave us mercy by loving us and sending His Son Jesus to die for our sins. The Father then raised the Son from the dead so that we, too, can be resurrected for eternal life with Him. When we were saved, the Holy Spirit convicted us of our sins, and then gave us new spiritual life so that we could repent, trust in Jesus the Son, and receive the Father’s forgiveness and grace.
• The longer I live as a Christian, the more I rest in “the power of God” (v. 5) as THE hope of my salvation. I would much rather place my faith in His power to save than my own! Does that mean that I should just sit back and “let go and let God” for the rest of my life? Not at all! As we will see throughout 1 Peter, His power challenges and enables us to grow in grace and godliness. Our spiritual growth gives us confidence that we really do have the salvation of God working itself out in our lives.
Questions to Think About
1. Do you ever struggle to find assurance that you really have been born again and are saved? Many new and even long-time Christians can experience doubts about their salvation at times. The fact that you are concerned about your salvation is often one of the best evidences that you are indeed saved. Lost people don’t worry about their salvation. The person in greater danger is the one who shows no evidence of passion for God or the things of God (no desire to worship, no interest in reading the Bible, bored with church and chapel, no signs of spiritual growth) and yet feels that that they are good with God because of head knowledge or some experience when they were young. If you are struggling with your salvation, I would encourage you to keep seeking God in His Word and faithful church attendance and specifically ask Him to give you peace about your salvation. He may be withholding assurance to push you to learn how to be His disciple. You should also spend time with experienced Christian adults (parents and/or teachers and church leaders) and friends who can guide you through your struggle.
2. If you have found assurance of your salvation, how has the promise of your place in God’s heaven changed your daily life?