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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Not Serendipity

"He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in the last times for your sake" (1 Pet.1:20).

I once heard someone describe serendipity as the "art of happy accidents..." The word was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter to a friend, he explained about a unexpected discovery he had made by reference to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The word has come to describe the ability to make fortunate discoveries by accident.. The apostle Peter is making a declaration in today's verses. In fact, it would do us good to read and meditate on 1 Pet.1:18-21 to put it all in context. The declaration is that God foreordained redemption from sin before the creation of the world... God, in His infinite wisdom, had purposed to save mankind from the very beginning. The sending of Jesus was not an afterthought... It wasn't a serendipitous event... Christians often associate salvation and redemption with the return of Jesus and our judgement in the age to come. They tend to forget the meaning of the terms for this life! Peter didn't tell his readers that they would be redeemed in the future, but that they had already been redeemed for the present. Christians are already saved, and have been bought by the blood of the Lamb... By His grace, God saved and redeemed people. It is our task to live in such a way as to reflect the holy people God has made us to be. After all, this didn't happen by accident... God planned it all...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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