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Message of the Day: Hope in the Midst of Hardship

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3, NKJV)

Image courtesy of Olive Tree Bible Software.

Peter’s readers are ‘God’s scattered people’, an expression that Peter uses with a wide meaning. In relation to their place of local residence, they are God’s people scattered throughout northern Asia Minor. But in relation to heaven, they are God’s people scattered in foreign land. Their true homeland is heaven, and the foreign land is the world. They really belong to God. he chose them and cleansed them, with the aim that they be holy and obedient.

In spite of the frequent suffering and persecution mentioned in this letter, hope is such a key thought in it that it may be called a letter of hope in the midst of suffering. In the Bible, hope is no wishful thinking but a firm conviction, much like faith that is directed toward the future.

Through the death and resurrection of Christ, God gives believers new life and promises them eternal blessings. He also protects this life for them. They can therefore be assured that when the day of inheritance arrive at Christ’s return – the resurrection – their new birth will be secured, they will enjoy the promised blessings and so experience salvation in its fulness.

Indeed, this should be a source of joy to all of Christians in spite of the hardship we going through. If God had not chosen us to salvation, we would have remained as thoughtless as others; if he had no purpose of mercy toward us, we would never have been saved.

If there is anything for which we should be grateful, it is that God has so loved us as to give us hope of eternal life; and if he has had an eternal purpose to do this, our gratitude should be increased! Thank you Lord!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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