The Gospel – now and not yet

The Lord keeps bringing me back to I Peter 1:1-9 – I just can’t seem to get enough of this nine-verse passage of truth and I want to share what I’m learning with you.

Peter’s writing to a group of believers who are scattered all across the area we know as Turkey. As is apparent from the context of Peter’s letter, they are facing all kinds of trials, they’re suffering persecution because of their faith in Jesus. Right out of the gate Peter reminds them of the gospel:

“To those who reside as aliens…who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood” (I Peter 1:1-2)

Chosen by the Father, sanctified-set apart by the Spirit, forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Christ…the Trinity working together to accomplish this beautiful work of salvation…

“Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Peter 1:3).

He does the choosing, He does the recreating…and the risen Savior is the focus. He is our living hope.

Eugene Peterson writes, “Jesus’ resurrection is the…piece that, together with his birth and death, sets the good news, the gospel, in motion and created the Christian life. Everything necessary for the Christian life is now laid out before us and put into action in us. The way we live our lives, the impulses and desires we have to get in on what God is doing in the wonders of creation and mess of history, is activated now by Jesus’ resurrection.”

“…to obtain an inheritance that is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you who are protected by the power of God, through faith, for a salvation ready to revealed in the last day” (I Peter 1:4-5).

This imperishable, undefiled, unfading inheritance, which is reserved in heaven for us lends perspective to the troubles of this life. It’s as though Peter cups his hand around our ears and whispers, “There’s something so, so much better coming.”

A little taste of  the “not yet” in the midst of “now’s” reality.

In the meantime as we muck through the mundane, roll along through the routine, and endure fiery trials, our Father protects us for the salvation that will soon be fully revealed.  “And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of His hand.”  (John 10:27-30).

And, all the while, as He protects us, we slowly learn that He is worthy of our faith.







One thought on “The Gospel – now and not yet

  1. What an excellent reminder these verses are! They are helpful as I am trying to prepare for the future. The world seems to be falling apart, I am concerned about the Nov. election, but after completing “Judges” today things actually may have been far worse. What do you think?

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