Morning Devotion: Read 1 Peter 1

1 Peter 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

There is that wonderful truth again, “Being born again.”

Jesus explained this beautiful truth to Nicodemus in John chapter three. Nicodemus was a religious leader; there are many religious leaders who are not born again, not saved.

John 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Everyone alive is born of flesh and water when they broke their mother’s water to enter into this world. Not everyone is born of the Spirit of God. Those who are born of the flesh (the water) and of the Spirit (the Spirit of God) will never see the second death (the second eternal death in hell). They have everlasting life in Christ Jesus. Those are the ones who live and abide forever because Jesus lives and abides forever.

1 Peter 1:23  Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Revelation 19:13  And he (Jesus) was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

You see, the true believer has everlasting life being born again be the living word of God, Jesus.

Peter is reassuring the scattered believers of their heritage in Christ even in the midst of their trials.

While this fleshly body is but for a moment, our heavenly personage lives on forever.

1 Peter 1: 24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

James tells us this life is just a vapour and doesn’t last long.

James 4:14b… For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

God is encouraging us in the fact that the manifold temptations are not forever. In our temptations we should always look to God.

2 Corinthians 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

There is a certain glory, an eternal weight of glory, when you go through trials for Christ as these believers were doing.

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:

You may be in a trial now or you may be headed into a trial or coming out of a trial, no matter what it is, always keep your eyes on the eternal not the temporary.

Colossians 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

If you have only been born once, Jesus wants to give you eternal, everlasting life; Jesus wants to give you the new birth. Would you trust Him as your Lord and Saviour?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook