Peter – A Breath of Fresh Air
I love being around enthusiastic people who love God! Don’t you? His Holy Spirit is the smile on their faces. His Spirit seems to seep through every pour of their being. They are driven into joyful action because of their love for our Lord. They do kind and wonderful things without thinking or expecting anything in return. They ARE because of Christ. They DO because of Christ.
That’s Peter. He speaks from the experience of being with Christ physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually and Spiritually. He was always the first to stand for Christ…even when he didn’t know what was going to happen next. In his younger years, he was bold and brash on his own steam, now he is bold, knowledgeable and confident in Christ. Jesus knew to take what God had created Peter to be and channeled that energy and enthusiasm for the good of all who will believe and follow him for generations to come. “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” declares Jesus, our Savior and Lord. (Matthew 16:18, NLT)
Let’s dive into Peter’s declaration and proclamation of the glory of God, the salvation made possible through Jesus and what that means for us. To God be the glory! What a mighty God we have!
1 Peter 1, The Message
A New Life
3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.
6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.
8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.
10-12 The prophets who told us this was coming asked a lot of questions about this gift of life God was preparing. The Messiah’s Spirit let them in on some of it—that the Messiah would experience suffering, followed by glory. They clamored to know who and when. All they were told was that they were serving you, you who by orders from heaven have now heard for yourselves—through the Holy Spirit—the Message of those prophecies fulfilled. Do you realize how fortunate you are? Angels would have given anything to be in on this!
Wow!! If you have Jesus you have everything you need. We realize that fact of Life over and over, every day when Jesus is all you have, Jesus is all you need. What a God we have!
Benefits of knowing God through Jesus
(in case you missed it…)
–BRAND NEW LIFE…old is gone, past sin and mistakes forgotten.
–Breath of fresh air, Holy Spirit air
–Everything to live for
–A future in heaven, healed and whole completely
–God watching over us
–God delighting in all the details of our journey
–Suffering here produces pure, authentic, real focused faith
–Our faith is God’s victory!
–Love and trust with joy and singing
–Believers get total salvation!
Do you realize how fortunate we are?
Dear Heavenly Father,
These words alone pump new life into this tired body. Thank you for your word that builds up our Spiritual muscles. Thank you for being the God you are to us. Thank you for saving us. Thank you for protecting, providing for our needs, guiding our thoughts and actions and even delighting in all the details of our puny lives made rich by your love for us. Continue to do what you must to refine and transform me. But be gentle. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul.
In Jesus Name, Amen