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The Prophets’ Jealousy

Good Wednesday morning to you! Peter, in talking about our salvation that comes by grace through faith in Jesus, says that the Old Testament prophets were longing to see the day that the Messiah would fulfill their words. He wrote:​​

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. – 1 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit predicted not only the sufferings of the Messiah, Jesus, but also predicted His glorious resurrection, ascension and exaltation. We should be thanking and praising the Lord that we have received this salvation. The prophets longed to experience what we have experienced. So give thanks to God that though you were once lost, now you’ve been found and though you were blind, now you see.

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.

A Living Hope

According to the Apostle Peter, the resurrection of Jesus gave us two things: a new birth and an inheritance. He writes:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. – 1 Peter 1:3-​4a​ (NIV)

This new birth and inheritance are given to us by God’s mercy through the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead means that our hope is real. Our hope is alive because Jesus is alive! The hope we have is not some wish or a dream. It is real and it will not die or fade away. For nearly 2,000 years Christians have held on to this hope that we have in the resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ. If you feel like you’re at the end of your rope and at the end of your hope, know that Jesus is alive and because He is alive, you have a living hope in Him.

Who Controls The World?

Those who belong to Jesus are protected from the devil by Jesus. The enemy of your soul cannot do anything to harm you if you belong to Christ Jesus. This is what John says in 1 John 5. He writes:

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. – 1 John 5:18-19 (NIV)

He says that the whole world, or the system of the world, is under the control of the evil one. All of the evil in this world is because of the enemy. Satan is the enemy and He is working to keep the world under his control. But the good news is that Jesus has overcome the enemy. He has overcome the devil. The devil is a defeated enemy and he cannot control you or harm you if you belong to Jesus. Do not waste any more of your time in the enemy’s camp! Give your life to Jesus today! Let Him set you free from the clutches of Satan and become a child of God.

Eternal Life

In today’s verse from 1 John, John reveals one of the purposes to his writing this letter. He says:

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. – 1 John 5:13 (NIV)

If someone were to ask you if you were going to Heaven, what would be your response? Could you confidently say, “Yes!” or would you cautiously say, “I hope so.”? My friends, because of God’s grace through faith in Jesus, the answer is a confident, “Yes!” John sums up his writings about God’s love and faithfulness with this encouraging thought. He wanted his audience, which now includes us, to KNOW that we have eternal life through Jesus. This confidence is not in our efforts to be good. It is a confidence in God’s goodness and grace. If you’re trusting in your efforts to save you or keep you saved, you’re trusting in the wrong thing. Trust in God and in His Son, Jesus. May you KNOW today that you are saved and going to spend eternity with Christ. Live in that joy today and let your light shine so that others will want to know Him, too.

Life In The Son

Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). The Apostle John wrote his biography of Jesus so that people would believe in Jesus and that by believing we would have life in His name. John 1:4 (NIV) says, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John also wrote in his first letter about the correlation between Jesus and life. He says:

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:12 (NIV)

If you want to get a life, you’ve got to get Jesus because Jesus IS life. So many people wander aimlessly through life wondering if there is anything more to it. Is there any purpose to life? Is there any meaning to life? YES! It is found in Jesus Christ, the Son of God! He came to give us life to the fullest (John 10:10). Jesus came to give life and He wants to give it to you. If you want life, you need Jesus. He willingly and graciously gives life to all who earnestly seek Him.

The Testimony of God

I’ve known people whose lives have been transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. Their testimonies are amazing. They’ve been freed from a life of slavery to sin and addiction. Their testimony is not about their power and strength, but God’s. John writes:

We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. – 1 John 5:9-11 (NIV)

The power of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and that the life He gives is truly transforming. The change that the Holy Spirit brings about testifies to the power of God made manifest through Jesus Christ. Your testimony is not your own. It’s the testimony of Jesus who gives you eternal life.

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