Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We have a Living Hope that is Imperishable and Undefiled

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

Insights: The first and foremost reason worship is relevant is because we are born again.  If we have truly received Jesus’ gift of salvation, then we are born again.  He dwells within us and we are new creations.  Because we are new creations we are able to have a hope in our resurrection because Jesus Himself first rose from the dead.  He IS our hope and He IS alive.  He is living; and therefore, He is our hope that He will bring about the conclusion of the matter just as He deemed appropriate.  Our inheritance is imperishable and undefiled.  Once again, this reality has nothing to do with us and everything to do with Him.  It is because of His transforming and glorious grace that has been imputed to us as righteousness that makes us imperishable and undefiled.  We are going to our reserved place in heaven because of His work, not ours.  When we come to realize the gravity of this truth, we are compelled to worship.  It ought to be the very natural and only appropriate response we give to the glorious One.  So, Beloved, worship the Lord because you are born again and have a living hope which is found in Jesus.

1.  In what do you place your hope?
2.  Have you come to the realization of how the Lord looks on you as His child?

Prayer: Father, thank You for looking at me through the lens of the cross.  Because of Jesus’ work I am imperishable and undefiled.  I do have a hope and future and it all rests in Jesus.  Thank You for this gift.  Amen.

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