Ancient Truths for Modern Times

Good Morning!

1 Peter 1:8-12

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

The sad lesson of our time is that God's people are "looking and waiting" for the day they feel they can rejoice in their salvation! They are waiting for death or God to return and they say "and in that day I will greatly rejoice and glory!" You may read this and think well why is that sad? Is that not true? It is true that our salvation will be completely fulfilled then, but it is sad because you should be rejoicing now! Even in this life there is a present tense standing to salvation! We can indeed experience joy and the glory of God even in the trials that we have in our life! Throughout the Bible we can see men and women who rejoiced greatly in God even in the worst of times. How do we do that? How do we experience our full salvation even here in this life? By loving, trusting, rejoicing and receiving Christ! We love Him by letting His love touch and fill our lives and returning that love through service to Him. We trust Him by recognizing that He is in control of our lives and relying on Him to take that control. We rejoice because we know He works and we see Him work in our lives! We receive Him by loving, trusting, and rejoicing in the knowledge that He gives us what we need to get through the trials of this life! Stop waiting for the day to glory and rejoice! Take hold of your relationship with God and start today!

In Love and Hope,

Pastor Zack

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