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09/12/2017

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A Heavenly Inheritance


"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, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade ---- kept in heaven for you, 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" (I Pet.1:3-5).

As Peter's first epistle unfolds, two very basic themes come to the forefront. First of all, the Christians who Peter is addressing are suffering. Although the source of their persecution is not specifically mentioned, it probably comes from their neighbors and acquaintances who wanted nothing to do with their "new religion." They were resented, ostracized and shunned and it affected them in more than a religious way. They probably could not sell their goods in the market place. To top that, they were blamed for anything that went wrong and arrested at a moment's notice. Persecution is never far from the surface in I Peter and is explicit in these verses; I Peter 1: 6-9, 3:13-17, 4:12-19, 5:9-10... The second recurring theme of the letter involves the return of Jesus Christ... I believe he tempered the suffering that may be a part of a Christian's life in the world, with the hope of heaven in their future. When the Lord comes, He will reclaim His own, as eternity awaits them. The joys of the world to come are not to be compared with the suffering of the present... As Peter opens this letter, he says this; "Grace and peace be yours in abundance" (Vs 2). The lesson for the day, though it was addressed to them, is for us today also. The result of God's grace was and is, that Peter's readers have an inheritance reserved for them in heaven. Unalike worldly stuff, this one is imperishable, undefiled and untarnished... Nothing that the world could throw at them or us could cause a separation from the salvation that God has given. God is standing guard over the reward that is prepared for us. When the end comes and the Lord returns, eternal blessings will be granted to those in Christ.... I'll take an amen for that....

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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