Friday in the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time

1 Peter 1:3-5

An Inheritance Imperishable

Having blessed his readers with God’s grace and peace, Peter moves on to further describe these blessings—of their cause and of what they consist.  But first the Apostle blesses the One who is blessed above all—the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Compared to Him, none other are blessed.  Only He is God, only He is eternal in the heavens, only He has life in Himself such that He cannot die, only He cannot be contained as He created all, is in all, and above all, only He knows Himself and all other things, only He is almighty, and only He is good and gracious and before whom all hearts are open and all things revealed—in short, there are none beside Him, none before Him, and none after Him: He alone is God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  All glory, honor, and praise be to Him alone.

And as He is God and does what he pleases (Psalm 115:3), in his infinite mercy, “He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  Did you hear that?  He has caused us to be born again.  We did not birth ourselves; He birthed us.  Salvation is not our work; it is not of our election.  Lest they congratulate themselves, Jesus told his disciples plainly: “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16).  It was ever this way.  God told the Israelites: “It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set His love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you” (Deuteronomy 7:7).  So our God and Father is the author of our regeneration, and it is solely His own love that motivated Him to do so.

And to what has He birthed us?  What is that gain received by those so regenerated from the Father’s electing love?  Answer: He has birthed us “to a living hope.”  “Living” is the operative word.  Christians do not live for the hope of this world which is fading, defiled, and perishable.  The Christian’s hope is eternal and secure in heaven by God’s mighty power.  It will not fade away.  And not only is our inheritance in heaven guarded but we as well “are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”  This is the saint’s eternal security: His being reborn by God and his being kept by God’s power.  How secure is the saint’s salvation?  Answer: How powerful is God?

And God provided the means for all of this “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  The living one provided the living hope.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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