"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,What really spoke to me in this passage of scripture was the phrase "... kept by the power of God through faith..." what WONDERFUL news! Why? It is HOPE, hope in Jesus, hope that is made SURE by the resurrection of Jesus. Hope that can be given to us because Jesus bore the wrath of God for our sins! As Christians we have a great hope in Him knowing He will keep His word, and His word says that He will keep us! -amen-
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." -1 Peter 1:3-5
"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of 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:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." -1 Peter 1:6-9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Praise God!
"Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" -Romans 8:30-31If you haven't understood the point I am trying to make maybe this will clarify it a bit...
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 8:38-39As Christians NOTHING can take away our inheritance in Christ. Why? Because we are kept by the power of God. Those who are truly Christians will remain Christ's forever. This is why the prodigal son can have hope (God brought him back -kept), and this is also why the plant that springs up among the rocks withered away (never truly was Gods -unkept). In both situations the deceitfulness of this world entice the person, but the prodigal is humbled and brought back while the other withered away.
"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us." 1 John 2:19This post is not trying to create a license to sin. Quite on the contrary actually. Seeing the assurance of the complete work of Christ on our behalf should encourage us to become obedient children desiring to please our father- not for salvation, but because of love.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9This post is to ENCOURAGE the discouraged, to bring JOY to the down hearted, and to put your CONFIDENCE in Christ and not yourself. Christ is our sure hope!
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." -Romans 12:12