by Paul M.
1st Peter 1
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy became the father of us again to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (3)
to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance, and that doesn’t fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (4-5)
I believe God(Father, Son, Spirit) is good, merciful, gracious and reasonable. God is love. He obviously desires us to be these to one another, He is the source the from which these streams of love flow. This is the God who gave us an illustration condemning the the rich man who cared little for poor Lazarus, at his door step. God being the ultimate “rich man” does not treat us poor and needy ones as the rich man He condemned, if we would only believe, He is, who He says He is. This is the God who communicates Himself as running to meet His son, this son who had rejected and treated his father as if he were dead to him. This father also reaffirmed his love to his older ungrateful and unmerciful son.
This is the heart of the gospel. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy became the father of us again to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” First and foremost the gospel message of reconciliation is one of the mercy, goodness, graciousness and love of God. God through His reconciling mercy is reaching to us all, at times almost as if He is begging us to trust and come. He lowers himself at times in the scripture to the place of beggar, tenderly entreating us not to destroy ourselves, through disbelief.
We are given hope, raised to a much greater hope than we have ever known. Before coming to know this hope, we had our minds on other inheritances, we wanted and sought in a variety of ways, the respect, the love and the honor of other people. We sought things that enhanced these for us, we wanted more than anything else, to be seen as successful, great, and worthy of these things from others. Many of us envisioned the “blessed life” the “good life” as being one of independence, one of finding peace and security in our own greatness, ingenuity and character. We are learning now, the blessed life is one of meekness and dependence on God.
God came to this earth, lowly and meek. The hope He gives us which replaces our former hopes to varying degrees, and I hope great degrees is to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance. This inheritance doesn’t fade away as the spindle of our lives run out. This is a hope which grows stronger year after year, decade after decade. He has reserved the best for last, reserving for us a place with Him in heaven. He himself guards this hope within us. We are guarded by this merciful and loving God, through His power. He gives, renews and revives our faith in Him. He sustains and grows the perfect seed within us, though it resides along side our remaining sin. This remaining sin that we grow to hate, believe and pray against.
This gospel, of the good news of mercy, peace and love, has been revealed to the world through Christ. This gospel goes against our natural inclinations, of finding respect, love and honor through our own greatness, ingenuity and character and in resulting material security. The gospel message is one of progressively dying to these things, meaning the loving and seeking of these things. These deceptive dreams and prizes of our former lives, before God’s merciful invasion of us personally. By the mercy and grace of God we will turn more and more from ourselves, our greatness, our glory, our character, and our love and dependence on these things will fade. Our Lord will pull us out of this horrible pit, of muddy and boggy false dreams more and more. He will by giving us a growing faith and love for Him, for Jesus, for His righteousness, character and glory, increase the clarity of our eyes and hearts. Though we may stumble at times and fall from this clarity, if we are His, he will draw us back, and even to a place of greater clarity. We can have this expectant hope, even at and in the low places.
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand; All other ground is sinking sand. When darkness seems to hid His face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil. His oath, His covenant, His blood, Support me in the whelming flood. When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay. When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh may I then in Him be found. Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne.-Edward Mote