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09/22/2017

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Modern Faith And Hope


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

Today's world wants to equate faith and hope with some kind of inward psychological experience or a mishmash of stuff. Hope is a very personal thing... No one is to stand in judgement on the faith of someone else, even a serial killer or sex-offender. Lets make no mistake about this... It is true that faith has an inward dimension, but only God knows the hearts of those who call on Him. That being said, faith cannot be simply reduced to some sort of psychological state, no matter how it is parsed. As we have read in 1 Peter this week, faith and hope are grounded in history and behavior. A person who develops faith will want to live a holy life of obedience. Redemption is then possible because in real time, Jesus shed His blood for us, God raised Him from the dead and through obedience we are born again.... The marvelous thing we have barely touched on this week is that faith and hope are lived out in the company of life's fellow travelers, the church. Christ is the head over His church church, (Col.1:18) so there is a community dimension to faith and hope... Those who think that hope is a personal lever that God has given us to pull in case there is some kind of emergency, or that faith is only between themselves and God, have failed to understand the message of Christ and His apostles. In the Christian community, believers support, encourage and when necessary, even correct one another. To sum up what this week in 1 Peter has been all about, here it is; Faith and hope have to do with holiness in life, with the redemptive work of Christ on the cross and with obedience to God's Word. Its a great way to end the week....

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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