I hope you had a chance to read 1 Peter yesterday. Today I wanted to see what Peter had to say about who we are in Christ.
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NLT)
This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
May God give you more and more grace and peace.
Right in the beginning Peter lets us know who we are.
We are CHOSEN, we are MADE HOLY, we have CLEANSED.
1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)
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,
What does it mean to have a new birth?
“Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him. In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'”(John 3:1-3, NIV)
Jesus went on to explain that he was not talking about a physical new birth, but a spiritual rebirth:
“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.'” (John 3:5-6, NIV)
Before we are born again we are spiritually dead. We are alive physically, and nothing seems wrong with us based on our outward appearances. But inside we are full of sin.
Just as we can’t give physical birth to ourselves, we can’t achieve this spiritual birth by ourselves, either. God gives it, but through faith in Christ we can seek it.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)
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