Understanding His Message shared by John and James reveals how He will give you HOPE today!
John shared with us:
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.
James shared with us:
James 1:25 “It is by our obedience to God’s will through our faith in Christ that puts us into the body of Christ, His church, and makes us acceptable to God.”
Knowing these things we can now realize Peter’s scriptures in the New Testament provide a wonderful explanation of the Living Hope and how to “Live in Hope”.
1 Peter 1:3-5 “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, 4 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.”
1 Peter 1:6-7 “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
His Living Hope is now yours, this instant and for you forever!! Peter declares a clear and wonderful message:
1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
You Life is now changed forever. Your anxiety goes away, peace is upon you, your thoughts are clear and your ambitions and dreams return with positive expectations:
1 Peter 1:13 “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
1 Peter 1:19-21 “but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God”.
1 Peter 1:23-25 “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” For, “All men are like grass and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”
You now know and understand His Word, you can Live by His Word, and you can Live in His Hope, the Living Hope! You are reading these words today and feeling the joy of His Living Hope because this is God’s Plan for You. !!! You are special, you are selected and were selected from the beginning of time:
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
This is incredible news! You can endure anything you encounter, any trial, trouble, tribulation, season and suffering because you have His Living Hope and His Word:
1 Peter 2:19-20 “For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. ….But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.”
Life is so much easier when you can humbly accept challenges, respect even those who do not offer you respect, because you are right, you “Live in Right” by knowing His Grace and His Word and you will notice you become a better person, a nicer person and guess what? Others notice too!!
1 Peter 4:8-11 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
Again, do not wonder why you may be in a trial, trouble, a season. Do not be :
1 Peter 4:12-13 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed”.
Peter closes his divine instruction, guidance and God’s Word with clear, easy to understand and absolutely wonderful inspiration!!!! Little is left to write here and the following scriptures explain why I am where I am in life and why I share His Message for You. His Word is all that is needed:
1 Peter 5:1-11 “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, be with you and with us in truth and love forever. In the Name of Christ Jesus, Amen