September 8, 2008
The Foundation of Our Security
1 Peter 1
Do you sometimes feel a bit lost in the world—as if you’re all alone, facing tremendous obstacles? Most people feel this way from time to time. However, if you’ve placed your faith in Jesus Christ, you have a solid foundation that cannot be shaken, regardless of what life throws at you.
In today’s passage, Peter wants to encourage believers who are heading into persecution, so he opens his letter of hope and assurance with a strong statement of faith. Though our circumstances may be different, we, too, should hear the Word’s promise of security.
Peter first reminds us that we are “chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father” (vv. 1-2). The message is clear: You are not in this situation by accident. Your faith, successes, and failures are no surprise to God. He knew you fully from the beginning of time and chose you to be with Him forever.
Second, the apostle shows that we are subject to the ongoing sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. In other words, we do not have to find the way by ourselves. The Spirit of God is with us step by step, leading and guiding us into maturity in Christ.
Finally, Peter assures us that we are cleansed by Jesus’ blood. Our mistakes, misgivings, and missteps have been forgiven, permanently washed away at the cross. As new creations, we’re free to walk eternally with a perfect God.
The timeless message of the Bible is that we are not alone. We can face any trial in the power of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. With the Triune God behind us, we can boldly claim victory over any obstacle.
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