Today’s Reading: 1 Sam 20:1–21:15, 1 Pet 1:1–12, Ps 121:1–122:9
Today’s Theme: Salvation
Today’s theme is Salvation, which is what God, in His mercy, does for His sinful, finite human creatures in situations of need. It also speaks of deliverance from the power and consequences of sin.
1 Samuel 20:1–21:15
Trust God to save you
And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 1 Samuel 21:12 (ESV)
David became afraid and that fear caused him to act like a fool. We must boldly put our faith in God, believing that He can save us in difficult situations. We must not use our own methods out of fear, which always fall short.
1 Peter 1:1–12
Elected and Exiles
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 1 Peter 1:1 (ESV)
As God’s people we were sovereignly elected by God, to be saved for His glory. At the same time, we no longer fit nicely into the worlds culture and values, we are now strangers or exiles.
We should not allow our exile from the world to cause us to be disheartened, we should remember that we have been elected by God and this should fill us with great joy.
Chosen and Saved by the Trinity
according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. 1 Peter 1:2 (ESV)
Peter shows us that the entire Godhead (as the Trinity), is involved in our salvation:
- God the Father in His infinite and intimate foreknowledge* choose us
- God the Holy Spirit consecrates us as God’s chosen people
- God the Son, Jesus Christ, is the one we have been chosen and sanctified to obey, which is all made possible through the application of the blood He shed for us.
Even the order (Father, Spirit, Christ) which Peter has put this in, reflects the reality of our experience of salvation which finds its ultimate origin in the heart of God, is made operative in our lives by the Holy Spirit, and is evidenced through personal expressions of faith in Jesus Christ.
This is also further evidence for the biblical doctrine of the tri-unity of God or the trinity.
*Do not misunderstand God’s foreknowledge, it is not that God knew we would choose Him, God made a decision to choose us specifically for His own Glory, long before the world was created.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 (ESV)
No baby is born of its own will, this is true for us as God’s people too. God the Father causes us to be born again, it is God who takes the initiative in our salvation. God’s reason for causing us to be born again is His mercy.
When we are born again by the mercy and will of God, we are born into a new order, thus becoming children of the author of this new life.
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we are born again to a living hope. We do not trust in the words of a man who is now dead and gone and cannot fulfil his promises, no, Jesus is alive and He lives to fulfil all of His promises, we have a living hope.
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:4–5 (ESV)
Our salvation brings us hope but it also gives us an inheritance in heaven, which is being guarded for us by God’s power, through faith, to be fully realised in the future.
Our faith in Christ will put us at odds with the world around us but this same faith identifies us as God’s legitimate children, who God powerfully protects.
Our hope in our future inheritance spurs our faith on, as we press forward in our lives for God.
God powerfully protects both His children and their inheritance.
so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:7 (ESV)
Trials and testing through opposition and difficulty, is crucial in helping determine the genuine quality of our profession and possession of faith in God.
The trials confirm our faith because our faith stands firm and is strengthened, whilst counterfeit faith is broken by trials.
Embrace trials as being the fire that proves your faith to be more precious than gold, for which you will be rewarded by Jesus.
“The faith of Peter’s readers is being smelted in the fire of various kinds of trials in this life. But when the most precious things of this world—such as gold—have been destroyed by fire (cf. 2 Pet. 3:10–11), Christian faith that has been proved genuine will be shown to be the most precious of all because it will deliver one from that day of final, fiery destruction when Jesus Christ is revealed (cf. 1 Pet. 1: 5). Therefore, Peter reminds his readers that genuine Christian faith is more valuable than anything the world can offer.” – Karen Jobes (2005)
obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:9 (ESV)
The purpose of faith is to please God, the outcome of our genuine faith will be the ultimate salvation of our souls. We must persevere in faith to be truly saved in the end.
As we love and serve God, we will receive the goal of our faith. The prize or reward that we receive is the goal or consummation toward which our faith is directed, which is salvation.
We look forward to the full consummation of our faith, total and eternal salvation.
The Inspiration of the Bible
inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 1 Peter 1:11 (ESV)
Here we can see that the prophecies about Jesus as the suffering and then glorified Messiah, were revealed by Jesus Himself through the Holy Spirit, to the prophets as they wrote the old testament.
This informs our firm belief in the inspiration, infallibility and inerrancy of the bible as the word of God.
Help from the Lord
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1–2 (ESV)
It can feel natural to look to the things and people around us for help, but salvation comes from the Lord, our best help comes from Him. Remember, He created the world.
We should lift up our heads and look to God for immediate salvation (deliverance and help) in our current circumstances, and ultimate salvation through Jesus.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you! Psalm 122:6 (ESV)
This verse is so apt with all that is happening in Israel today. Continue to pray for the salvation of all the inhabitants of the land.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
The Gospel Coalition on 1 Peter 1