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New Birth Into a Living Hope

image of an open bible on palm leaves with the words "New birth into a Living Hope, January 4, 2023, 1 Peter 1:3"

January 1-4-2023

Bible Scripture Verse

1 Peter 1:3 - 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,

Listen for God’s Voice

Thank you Lord for giving us new birth

Explore History

Peter is writing this letter to the Christians who are facing persecution. He’s trying to comfort them with the truth of who they are in Christ – which is children of God. 

Study and Savor – Key Words

Praise – the perfect response that we should be giving to God.

Mercy – He chose us, sanctifies us and gives us purpose

New Birth – Instead of punishment that we deserve, He causes us to be born again into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Summarize and Share

It's one thing to hope we will be saved, to yearn for life after death. Jesus proved that this hope is not a fantasy. He died, then showed Himself alive to many witnesses. Our faith is not a wish for a better world. The reason for our hope in an eternity with the Father is that our Lord is alive. Because He lives, those who believe in Him will also be resurrected.

The return of Jesus is still in our future. We’ve never seen Him, but not seeing Him with my eyes has not stopped me from believing in Him, and loving Him. Some people still laugh at those who have faith, because it seems foolish to them.  If I’m foolish, then let me be foolish, because that foolishness has brought me into God’s presence.  It lets me know God.  And the more I know Him, the more comfort and joy that I experience. 

Bible Cross Reference

1 John 5:4 – For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. 

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. 

 

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