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Weekly Bible Study - Series In 1 Peter
Study 6 -
1 Peter Ch 1: verses 13-16

“Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God” (1 Peter Ch 1: verses 17 to 21 New International Version).

There is something that lasts

One of my favourite sayings I made up when I was encouraging our church members to write a modern day proverb or saying of wisdom was this one:
“Never build your life upon something you can lose tomorrow”.

I find this helpful because I have seen people lose their loved one, their children, their jobs, their home, their health, their ability to play golf and for a long time feel they have nothing to live for. I understand this is part of a grieving process to feel like this and over time people find healing and move on, however my belief is that these loved ones and things we value were never meant to carry all our hopes concerning life. Some never recover from this tragedy.

Peter in the opening chapter of his letter has spent some time contrasting the faith we have with Jesus and the eternal benefits this brings with the temporary and perishable realities that life without God brings. It is common today to hear phrases like; “this life is all you have, so make the most of it”.

As our reading so vividly expresses our hope and faith are in God and everything else is to be treated somewhat like a stranger. This of course does not mean neglect in any part of our responsibilities to our spouse our families or work or anything else we do, but it does mean our hopes and faith in these area are more moderate.

The whole point of this section is to strengthen our faith and hope that Jesus brings to us via his death for our sins and his rising from the dead to secure an eternal inheritance. This understanding is something I believe is lacking even in those who believe in Jesus, that they have never really sat down and read their bibles to find out more of the benefits of our new life Jesus that brings. This is why we have the scriptures!

It is a fine thing to be absorbed in the people and things that life presents and to be involved in helping them grow and proper but never to the neglect of God who is the source of all that we are and have. God is called our father in this reading and so we recognise that drawing close to God fills us with an everlasting joy that nothing else can.

Holy Father, May we always put our trust and hope in you and not in anything else. Amen.

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