THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A business man was having trouble with his sales company. He decided to call in a consultant.
Before the consultant came, he prepared a lengthy presentation of historical facts and figures. He even prepared a large map to show all the sales areas. Pins were placed in the map with the salesmen's names on them.
After presenting the factual information to the consultant, the businessman asked, "What do you think I should do FIRST?"
The consultant thought a moment, then said, "Well, FIRST I think you should take the pins out of the map and stick them in the salesmen!"
1 Peter 1:2-9
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
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.
Need a "boost" in your spiritual walk with God?
Just read what all God has done for you!
You are the "Elect," chosen because God knew by His omniscient "foreknowledge" that you would surrender to the Lordship of Christ.
That "foreknowledge" caused God to "work all things together for good" to you, and allow you to hear the gospel, be convicted and convinced, and know Christ as your Lord and Savior.
He has sanctified you by His Spirit's entrance into your heart (Rev. 3:20).
And He has justified you by the "sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ."
Grace and peace has been multiplied to you!
God has caused you to be "born again" to a LIVING hope which cannot be taken away.
That hope (of heaven eternal with God) has been secured by the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
That hope is of an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, and is reserved for you by God Himself.
And now, you are being "kept" by the power of God through faith until the ultimate revelation of that eternal hope.
Today we walk by FAITH and NOT by sight!
This gives us a reason to GREATLY rejoice!
Even though the trials of life may be difficult at times, our "hope" cannot be taken away by the world.
It is because of our LOVE for Christ that we can KNOW Him intimately and personally.
Through our LOVE for Him, we KNOW that one day He will surely APPEAR, and that causes us to have "joy unspeakable" and be "full of glory."
Therefore, even though we haven't received the fullness of heaven yet, we HAVE RECEIVED the "end of our salvation" which is the FAITH that brings us to the ultimate destination.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God..." (Eph. 2:8).
That FAITH causes us to be able to see, know and love the unseen Christ!
Ain't God GOOD?!?!