The Mystery Of Salvation: I Peter 1:1-12

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen sojourners of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, in the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification by the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ: may grace and peace be yours in abundance.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.  In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of (your) faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and investigated it, investigating the time and circumstances that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the glories to follow them. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you with regard to the things that have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you (through) the holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels longed to look.

Peter’s letter is written to those chosen, in the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification by the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ.

Alot of emphasis is placed on  foreknowledge by some believers today, I think in part, to justify their lack of action or responsibility. Instead of making it an either/or issue, we need to look at other scriptures as well. One such scripture would be John 6:37, Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,[foreknowledge] and I will not reject anyone who comes to me [free will]. This statement by Jesus Himself, gives us the idea that we are to cooperate with God’s call. Once this is done, we are sanctified [set apart] by the Spirit for obedience and sprinkled [cleansed] by the blood of Christ.

All this is done through the great mercy of God the Father, through baptism we receive a new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. Our living hope is kept in heaven for us, by the power of God, safeguarded through faith,to be revealed in the final time.

This sets up the reason for Peter’s letter: to give us chosen sojourners hope. He wants us to rejoice in what is to come, though we suffer now through various trials. Just as in our last study of the letter of James, suffering, we learn produces a genuineness [perseverance] of our faith, especially those tested by fire for the impurities are burned away.

Not ever having seen Jesus, nor seeing Him now should hinder us from the indescribable and glorious joy of attaining the goal of our faith; the salvation of your souls. It is here we might recall Jesus’ words to Thomas:

Jesus said to him [Thomas] “Have you come to believe because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”   John 20:29

The Old Testament prophets prophesied about this salvation, though they didn’t understand how the sufferings and the  glories would work together. Yet, they followed the Spirit of Christ, for they prophesied as the Spirit led; for us serving not themselves.

John the Baptist [the last Old Testament prophet] didn’t fully comprehend this either, for  he sent his disciples to ask Jesus:

“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”  Luke 7:19

This mystery of salvation is something that angels longed to look. How their Creator could become a man ” a little less than the angels” (Ps. 8:6) and redeem humanity is beyond creations comprehension. To all of us, salvation is still a great mystery.

This week, let us ponder this great mystery of salvation. God the Father sending His Son Jesus, to suffer and die and to be raised in glory for the forgiveness of sins. Then sending His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to a salvation to be revealed in the final time.


One Response

  1. Amen! Another great post, Tim! Keep up the great work!

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