“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Praise To God For A Living Hope

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

I’ve been watching the Olympics and am awed by the great and scary things that the Olympians are doing.  Men and Women snowboarding Half Pikes; doing 1260’s, triple flips and Lord knows what.  Freestyle skiing: defying gravity!  Figure Skater’s (my favorite) jumping and spinning, making it all look beautiful and effortless is absolutely amazing!   I think they are all great, whether they win or not.  But you know what, we as Believers and Followers in Christ Jesus are in a great race ourselves and will win a crown of Glory if we hold fast and not give up!  1Corinthians 9:24-25; 1TImothy 4:7-8 ;  Hebrews 12:1-2.  Amen.

“I Shall Wear A Crown”, AM13.  

“Praise To God For A Living Hope”, 1Peter 1:3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant Mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  James 1:18; 1Thessalonians 4:14.  4) To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for you, 5) Who are kept by the Power of God through Faith unto Salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  John 10:28.  6) Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  Romans 12:12.  7) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  8) Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of Glory:  1John 4:20.  9) Receiving the end of your faith, even the Salvation of your souls.  10) Of which Salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:  Daniel 2:41; Haggai 2:7.  11) Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the Glory that should follow.  12) Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the Gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost  sent down from Heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.  Acts 2:4. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, grieved, or in heaviness, While there is much rejoicing because of the Salvation God has prepared for us, there will also be agony because of the pressures and difficulties of life.  By various trials or manifold temptations:  in this context (v7) trials, temptations, refers to ordeals that we encounter in life rather than those things that would induce us to sin.  v7, genuineness or praise and honour and glory:  as the purity of gold is brought forth by intense heat, so the reality and purity of our faith are revealed as a result of the fiery trials we face.  Ultimately the testing of our faith not only demonstrates our final Salvation but also develops our capacity to bring Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.  v9,10, Receiving the end:  There is a final, positive outcome for trusting God through all the difficulties of life–our Salvation, which here has an eschatological (of, or relating to the end of the world) sense.  Salvation of your souls:  This phrase refers to our glorification in Heaven and perhaps the rewards we will receive for following Christ.  Matthew 16:24-27; James 1:21.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v3-12, Hope, all worldly hopes are tottering, built upon sand, and the world’s hope of Heaven are blind and groundless conjectures.  But the hope of the sons of the living God is a living Hope.  Worldly possessions are uncertain and soon pass away, like the flowers and plants of the field. The Lord does not willingly afflict, yet His wise love often appoints sharp trials, to show His people their hearts, and to do them good at the latter end.  Gold must perish and can only purchase perishing things, while the trial of Faith will be found to praise, and honour, and glory.  Seek then to believe Christ’s excellence, and His love to us.   Jesus Christ was the main subject of the prophets’ studies.  Their inquiry into the sufferings of Christ and the glories that should follow, would lead to a view of the whole Gospel, the sum whereof is, That Christ Jesus was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification (freed from blame or guilt).  Amen.

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