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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Hope And Obedience

"Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but is imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring Word of God. For,
And all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
And the flower falls off,
But the Word of the Lord endures forever.
And this is the word which was preached to you
" (1 Pet.1:22-25).

Unfortunately, truth has been diluted and compromised when it is understood to be merely a disposition of one's mind or an affirmation of facts. According to the apostle Peter, the truth was to be obeyed. It is only then that one's real hope can begin... According to Peter, his readers have been purified through obedience to that truth. To take this one step forward, obedience to the truth is neatly tied together with being born again. Like that old song "Love And Marriage," you can't have one without the other. One is born again when he or she obeys the living and enduring Word of God... (Vs. 23) No one should ever look at obedience to God in a purely mechanical way. To be born again is to give one's heart, mind and body to Christ, and though baptism seems to be a mechanical thing, it has serious spiritual implications. I believe that there is nor real new birth without this because it is the result of obedience. The importance of this obedience can never be minimized, because like hope, its importance to Peter's message is weighty. He appeals for godliness and perseverance in the face of suffering to remind his readers of the day when they were born anew... When they were baptized into Christ, they laid aside all the inconsequential things of their past lives, and became new and fresh, like newborns... (Read 1 Peter 2:1-3). To cap off today's verses, Peter quotes Isaiah 40:6, which I put in dark print. It reminds us all of the transitory and temporary nature of life and what happens to it. "The flower falls off, But the Word of the Lord endures forever." When his readers became Christians, they obeyed the truth... When they obeyed the truth, they acted, and when they acted, they were born again... And there ----- Hope Begins..

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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