New Life in Christ

The Bible is a Truth to be obeyed or given adherence to.  So, what happens when we don’t obey?  It usually doesn’t end well!  Obeying creates safety for us that God provides because of his great love for us.

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the gospel that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:22-25)

The gospel is also presented as having the power to create new life of an indestructible quality.  No one can take it away!  Now that’s powerful!  The gospel is even equated with the Word of God. The gospel is, necessarily, an invitation into a community to whom you must show love (See especially 2:9).  Shouldn’t we show love for each other, since God took the punishment that we deserved upon himself, because he loved us so much.  There is no further punishment for those who are in Christ Jesus.  Therefore, we must go to one another and truly show the love of Christ!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:3-12)

The gospel is the message of new hope through the resurrection of Jesus.”

Resurrection comes after crucifixion in the Jesus story and is a story of new life.  And of Christ’s cross Peter says, “he bore our sins in his body upon the tree.” (2:24). In this, the gospel is a message about God’s salvation (1:4). And it is a message for people who have strayed from the truth (2:25). The gospel is a message that leads to the salvation of our souls when it is responded to with faith in Christ.

Therefore, we ought to put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure milk of reason [λογικος], that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:1-3).  If not, then taste and see that the Lord is good!