Morning Devotion: Read I Peter

1 Peter 1:6  ¶Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7  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:

8  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:

9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

This passage of scripture is really one long sentence separated by three colons. Twice in this sentence we find references to eternity.

We find that when our faith is tried through manifold temptations, we rejoice knowing the outcome will be precious and will ultimately be unto the praise of Christ when He returns. Imagine having a faith so tried and so true that Christ would be glorified. Imagine entering into eternity with Christ having a testimony of faithfulness to Him.

You see, it is the trying of your faith that makes you who you are. It is the trial of suffering a persecution that brings to the forefront the real you. Does that real you glorify God or does it reveal a different person?

Remember, Peter was writing to those who were scattered, running for their lives from the hand of the cruel roman leader Nero.

In our modern era we see the same sentiments in leadership. One person wrote over one hundred years ago that every religious idea of God, even flirting with the idea of God, is unutterable and vileness…

Less than two years ago one leader said that Christianity is the worse thing that ever happened to his country.

One person said something about Christianity being the one great corrosive, the enormous and innermost perversion, the one moral blemish on mankind.

So, you see, there is still a diametric opposition to Christianity and God and the word of God.

Trials will come, whether it be through inside or outside influences, the thing Peter is emphasising is how you go through the trial. Will you come out on the other end with praise and honour or will it be otherwise?

The second thing we see is in verse nine.  1 Peter 1: 9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

One day, my believing friend, we will receive the end of our faith. What is that end? Why, it is the salvation of our souls. One day we will see and be with Jesus. Our faith will no longer be faith, it will be faith fulfilled, it will be hope realized.

Hebrews 11:1  ¶Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

One day the hope will be satisfied and the things not seen will be made manifest.

Revelation 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Today we live by faith, tomorrow we will live with faith realized.

2 Corinthians 5:6  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

John 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

1 Thessalonians 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Until then, keep the faith.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook