Posts Tagged ‘Faith

11
Dec
17

Our Cornerstone

Peter says that Jesus is the One on whom the foundation of our faith is laid. Not only that, but Jesus is the One on whom the church is built. When Peter confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, Jesus told him that His church would be built on that confession. Jesus is the Cornerstone. Peter wrote in his first letter:

 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.” – 1 Peter 2:6 (NIV)

Peter was quoting the prophet Isaiah and pointing to Jesus as the fulfillment of that prophecy. God said that He would lay this foundation for our faith and the church in Zion, or Jerusalem. It was in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead. Everything hinges upon this event. The death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ is what it all boils down to. Jesus died and rose again and this is the foundation of our faith and His church.
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07
Dec
17

Craving The Word

When we are born again into Jesus Christ, we are newborn spiritual babies who need nourishment. Newborns cannot handle a hearty meal of steak and potatoes. They need milk. Peter says this is true of infant Christians. He writes:

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. – 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)

When we come to faith in Christ, we need to start off by learning the basics of doctrine through the study of God’s Word. We need people in our lives who will share with us the basic truths of the Bible so that we will mature and be able to handle more difficult tenets of the faith. Eventually, we need to get to the point when we can feed ourselves by studying the Word. Until then, we need to be fed. Once we mature, though, we need to learn to pick up a spoon and feed ourselves so that we will mature beyond infancy.
01
Dec
17

Hope And Faith In God

God the Father chose His Son, Jesus, to be the One who would save humanity from our sins. In His infinite knowledge, He knew that Jesus would save us when the time was right. Peter wrote:

He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)

God the Father raised the Son from the dead and through Jesus has made faith in God possible. Our faith is based on this incredible event – the Resurrection of Jesus. Our hope is based on the Resurrection. Without it, our faith is futile and our hope is dead. But we have a living hope because we have a risen Savior! He’s alive and we who put our trust in Him for forgiveness will be raised from the dead as well. This is our hope…
21
Nov
17

Because Of Faith

Why do we believe in God’s existence in and in His love? Why do we worship Him? Why do we trust Jesus for salvation? There is a goal to our faith. The Apostle Peter wrote:

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)

Though we have never seen God, we have felt the effects of faith in Him. When we come to faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit of God fills us with joy. Joy comes from knowing and serving Jesus. Faith leads to joy and faith leads to Heaven. That’s the goal of our faith – eternal life. Let’s face it, life is hard. Faith is hard, too. We believe in a God we cannot see and in His Son, whom we have never met. Yet, when we gather with like-minded believers, the joy is real. When God’s Spirit does what He does, the joy is glorious. I’ve seen lives transformed and tears of joy streaming down faces of the most unlikely of people. It’s because of faith.
20
Nov
17

The Purpose Of Trials

We often wonder why we have to go through the things we go through in life. Whether it is trials of persecution or tests of our faith, we try to understand what the purpose is behind them. This is something people have wondered about for centuries. Peter tells us the purpose of our trials. He wrote:

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)

The trials of persecution and the tests of our faith prove it to be genuine and real. It’s easy to say, “I believe” when life is easy. It is much harder to stand up for what you believe in when the going gets rough. The trials of life and the tests of our faith are the crucible in which our faith is refined. When we come through the trials and the tests, we discover that our faith is more pure, deeper and stronger than ever before. Don’t let the trials and tests destroy your faith. Instead, hold on to Jesus knowing that He is holding on to you.
17
Nov
17

Rejoicing In Trials

Peter wrote his first letter to a persecuted church. He told them about the inheritance that awaited them in Heaven. He told them that no matter what trials and tests of their faith may have come, nothing could take their inheritance away. This inheritance was their reason for joy. Peter continued:

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. – 1 Peter 1:6 (NIV)

The promises of God are our reason for joy. If we face trials of various kinds that test our faith, we can still have joy. Joy is different than happiness. No one is happy about trials and tests, but they can be a reason for joy. Happiness usually depends on circumstances. Joy depends on our Savior. Circumstances change, Jesus doesn’t. His love and our hope are eternal. Whatever trial or circumstance you’re going through, it can change for better or worse. Jesus won’t change on you, though. Your hope is secure.
16
Nov
17

The Inheritance

By God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we are promised an inheritance in Heaven. This is what Peter wrote:

This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:4b-5 (NIV)

Our faith does two amazing things. First, it makes us children of God. After all, who gets an inheritance? Those who are children! If our promised inheritance comes from God, it must mean that we are His children. Second, our faith protects us. No matter what comes our way, our inheritance is protected by God’s power until Christ’s return. Nothing and no one can take your inheritance away because through faith you are a child of God. God won’t change the rules of the game on you. You are saved by grace and made a child of God by grace. So persevere through the trials and tests of life and know that your inheritance awaits you in Heaven.



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