The Suffering People of God
Jesse M. Hendley
First Peter 1:3-5
In First Peter God's Word says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you who are being kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."
He goes on to speak of the TESTING of your faith. Peter is writing to Christians who are suffering. The SUFFERING people of God. He is reminding them, "Keep your eyes on two things, First, that God has begotten you to a living hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. You have been born again. You have been born of God. You have the nature of God the Father. If you are a child of God you LOVE the Father. You love the Father's WORD. You love the Father's SON, the Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom you received this salvation." And then, Peter said, "Keep your eyes on the INHERITANCE," and that is in the future. There is a glorious future for the Christian. One thing that sustains Christians in their sufferings now is the wonderful anticipation of the Presence of God and the wonderful things, "reserved in heaven" for us!
And then that glorious statement, "We are KEPT by the power of God, unto salvation." Now, God has made up His Mind that we are going to REACH our salvation. We are going to COME INTO that inheritance, and He will bring us TO the inheritance. So my inheritance and I SHALL MEET one glorious day out yonder in the future. What a day! So whatever the trial may be today, knowing that that is true, I can go through the test. I can go through the trial.
Now the word SALVATION here means the END of it. Our salvation is not completed until we arrive safely in heaven. Salvation has a beginning, when we accept the Lord Jesus as our Savi ...
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