The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


Church of Christ




Hope And Redemption

"Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, so that your faith and hope are in God" (1 Pet.1:21).

We must understand, that even though faith and hope are not passive words, they do not invite us to be complacent. God is not only our Father, but He is also an impartial Judge, so we must live our lives according to His rules. On one hand, Christians pray to a Father who has redeemed us by giving us His Son to die in our place. He is a God who always cares.... "Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (1 Pet.5:7). On the other hand, we cannot take the love of God for granted, indulging in sinful activities and testing the extent of His mercy. "Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear" (1 Pet.1:17). I think that Peter is telling us about this reverent fear because we must have a wholesome reverence and respect for God. This is the basis for godly living. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline" (Prov.1:7). The redemption price for Christians is the precious blood of Christ... His innocent life was a redemption price much more valuable than the perishable things like silver and gold. All of this was according to God's plan, foreknown from the foundation of the world. Traffic laws are in place to make the roads and highways safer for us, but if we are caught disobeying one of them, we feel their "teeth." God has given teeth to the faith and hope of a Christian by raising Jesus from the dead. We can be inspired to live holy lives from four (4) directions... (1) The love of a merciful Father, who gave His Son as a redemptive force, (2) Being sobered by the prospect of standing before the Impartial Judge, (3) Humbled by the example of the Son, who became a human and lived an unblemished life, (4) Inspired by a Father who had the power to raise Jesus from the dead... Our faith and hope are backed up by our redemption.

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

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