This past week we started a series in I Peter in our High School group on Wednesday nights, and I ran across something that I was a very cool thought, so I thought I’d share it with you all! Lucky you!
A major theme in the book of I Peter is how suffering is part of life and should be part of the sanctification and growth process. But that suffering should be endured with a hope at the fulfillment of our salvation in Jesus Christ. Peter doesn’t only view salvation as being something that is already completed, but something that is “already, but not yet”. We’ve been declared justified at the moment of our salvation, but we still struggle with sin and the effects of sin. While sin is no longer on the throne of our hearts, we still struggle with it. And this will continue until our salvation is completed, that is that our victory over sin will be completed at the appearance of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
But Peter isn’t looking for people to grin and bear life. He doesn’t expect people to just put up with suffering in life, and hold your breath until your salvation is complete. Instead, our hope should lead us to go through life with a joy that is inexpressible. We are to rejoice in our position in God and in light of the work of our Savior. We are to rejoice in the salvation we have received, in the fact that we have an incorruptible, unfading, and undefiled inheritance being kept for us in Heaven, and in the thought that one day we will see the Savior we presently love, though we have never seen Him. Imagine the love that you will have when you finally do come face to face with your Savior?! You love him now, but you have never seen Him!
But what I found most interesting of the first passage here, is the idea that we have been born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We have a living hope because we have a living Savior. If there is anytime that you question the hope that is within you, remind yourself that you have a Savior who tasted death, defeated sin, and is seated at the right hand of God.
This past Sunday, Pastor Steve started a series in Amos, and he spent quite a bit of time speaking of the importance of the Old Testament to the New Testament believer. One thing that he said that stuck out was the comparison of Christ to the priests in the Old Testament in the book of Hebrews. He noted how the Temple did not have any chairs in it, because the high priest’s work was never done. They were not to sit down, because they were constantly interceding on behalf of the Nation of Israel. That is why it is significant that our Savior and High Priest is seated at the right hand of God. His work is done! The atonement of our sins has been completed, and our Savior’s residence on the throne is a testimony to us that our hope is living!