1 Peter 1:1-9
1 I, Peter, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am sending this letter to you, God’s chosen people. You are strangers in the world. You are scattered all over Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. 2 You have been chosen in keeping with what God the Father had planned. That happened through the Spirit’s work to make you pure and holy. God chose you so that you might obey Jesus Christ. He wanted you to be made clean by the blood of Christ. May more and more grace and peace be given to you. 3 Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us a new birth and a hope that is alive. It is alive because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. 4 He has given us new birth so that we might share in what belongs to him. It is a gift that can never be destroyed. It can never spoil or even fade away. It is kept in heaven for you. 5 Through faith you are kept safe by God’s power. Your salvation is going to be completed. It is ready to be shown to you in the last days. 6 Because you know this, you have great joy. You have joy even though you may have had to suffer for a little while. You may have had to suffer sadness in all kinds of trouble. 7 Your troubles have come in order to prove that your faith is real. It is worth more than gold. Gold can pass away even though fire has made it pure. Your faith is meant to bring praise, honor and glory to God. That will happen when Jesus Christ returns. 8 Even though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not see him now, you believe in him. You are filled with a glorious joy that can’t be put into words. 9 You are receiving the salvation of your souls. It is the result of your faith.
How encouraging it must have been for these people to receive this letter. Living as exiles – they were reminded who they belong to and what that meant. Such a good thing for me to be reminded of – as I live as an alien in this world – it is not my home – it’s culture is not my culture. I am part of God’s kingdom. Verse 3 speaks of a “living hope” that I have been born into because of the gift of salvation through Jesus. The New Living Translation says “now we live with great expectation” – which is a fabulous way to describe hope.
Lord You have called me out of this world and it’s “hopelessness” and brought me into Your kingdom. It is a kingdom of HOPE and I chose today to live with great expectation. Today I expect You to be present with me. Today I expect You will guard this living hope in me. Today I expect Your kingdom will come here on earth as it is in heaven, as You live in me. Today I expect You will continue to refine me – in the midst of difficult circumstances – so I will reflect more of you. How amazing is Your gift of salvation to me. Help me to rely on You today and be a messenger of living hope to the people around me.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn