What Christ Means to a True Believer
Jesse M. Hendley
First Peter 1:8
Now friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to I Peter 1: 8 and today we are taking up my favorite theme and I believe the favorite theme of every believer and that is "What Christ means to a true believer." In this great verse, we have the believer's love for Christ; the believer's faith in Christ; and the believer's rejoicing heart or joy in Christ. The believer's love for; faith in; and joy in Christ. Alright, let's read it now and see. It is one of the great verses of the Bible and my how Jesus is so precious to the believer's heart. "Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."
He has spoken about Jesus Christ and his appearing in verse 7, that we have the tests of our faith now, though tested by fire and it will be the proof of our faith more precious than gold when we stand in the presence of the Lord. When we meet Jesus, He will praise us and honor us and glorify us because we had faith in Him, we remained in faith through this world. Now He comes and says concerning Jesus Christ, "Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." Three things: the believers love for Christ; the believers faith in Christ; and the believers joy in Christ, his joyful heart.
Let's look at this and it is wonderful the believer's love for Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, ye love." The Christian loves someone he has never seen, and immediately there comes to mind that tremendous statement of a young college student that said to one of our great preachers, Harry Reimer, who is in heaven today. Dr. Reimer was used on the campuses of our universities in a great way, and a young man came to him and said, "I have found a mistake in the Bible." Dr. Reimer said, "That's strange. I have been reading and studying a l ...
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