God Clears The Way To Heaven

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1 Peter 1:21 says, “Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”

Believe In God

Peter says, “Through him you believe in God.” 

Two of the most ancient manuscripts are translated, “Who through him are faithful towards God.”  This understanding deepens our surrender, or our submission to the voice of the Holy Spirit. 

Our relationship with Christ in not limited to his incarnation, and atoning death; it is active in our hearts and minds through his grace and abiding presence.  Belief in God transcends the spiritual, allowing both spirit and mind to act in one accord. 

The Holy Spirit speaks a language that our hearts and minds can understand; it is God’s voice, his word. It is a living word, and it becomes active in our lives, allowing us to participate in God’s plan for our lives, and the world we live in.

Those who live in the world, i.e., our family, friends and community experience Christ in how we live, what we say and do. And as for those of us who believe, our perception and response to everyday life is guided by the Holy Spirt, which is the presence of Christ in our lives.

1 Peter 1:2 says, “Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.”

As people who accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are the new people of God.  We are his people, and He is our God.  But, it is important to understand that our choice was made possible because we were chosen, and predestined by All Mighty God.

Before the world was made, Jesus was with God, and before we were born in the womb, God knew us, chose us, and predestined us, to accept Christ and use him as a role model in living our lives.

The apostle Paul wrote in, 1 Corinthians 2:7: “No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for your glory before time began.”

Peter and Paul, both help us understand the depth of God’s love for us, in that, we are the elect, chosen before the foundation of the world was created to conform to the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Reflection: Peter provides a strong foundation for us to understand the Trinity.  In verse two, he talks about the preexistence of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The emphasis is practical rather than theoretical.

God is presence in our live, because we are special, unique, gifted geniuses created to participate in God’s plan for the salvation of creation. We have work to do in this world, and we need God to clear the way. 

It’s like a highway with a Big Rig, Eighteen Wheeler laying on its side blocking the road.  Traffic backs up, and we get caught up in gridlock.  The relief we feel when the road opens up is shear relief. 

Satan, demons and countless forms of evil are stalking hospital rooms where babies are being born.  They aim to bombard our lives with demonic fruits, i.e., stealing, robbing, lying, deceit, envy, jealously, unbelief, suffering and dying. 

To accept Christ, is to experience relief when the highway opens up after being stuck in gridlock.  Jesus Christ clears the highways and byways in our live so we can experience the best of all that life has to offer.

Resurrection And Hope

Peter says, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”

I can only imagine what went through Peter’s mind when he met Jesus face to face after seeing him dead and buried.  But, how much more glorious it must have been to be present when Jesus ascended into the sky, i.e., heaven. 

1 Peter 3:22 says, “Jesus has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand — with angels, authorities, and powers in submission to him.”

The age of life on earth, as we know it, is coming to fruition.  Paul said, “For Jesus must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.”  Paul then makes it clear that the “last enemy to be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:25,26)

The resurrection is the new beginning, it inaugurates the age of the Messiah’s reign. Thus we are living in an age wherein all power has been given to Jesus Christ.

Peter makes a connection between the resurrection and hope. In Christ we have an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. Our inheritance has been kept safe in heaven. 

The resurrection validates our hope, and assures us that we will receive our inheritance. We need only keep the faith. For, faith is our shield in times of suffering, loss, and trails of all kinds; and our shield is fortified by God’s power. 

And so, Peter wants us to know that God’s power was supremely manifested in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And within the manifestation of God’s power in the resurrection salvation has come; i.e., the work of redemption was completed. (1 Peter 1:4,5)

Thus, the resurrection and the glorification of Jesus Christ embodies the substance of things we hope for.  For, we the faithful, hope that we too, will one day be resurrected and enter the gates of eternity.

John 17:24 says,“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord, and Savior, our faith is infused with hope; hope that we will join Christ in heaven, see him face to face, be given a glorified body; made like his.

This is “the hope of glory”; hope born out of faith and love for the Son of God.

Prayer

Lord, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sending your Son to save me.  Lord you said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Lord Jesus, I believed in you with all my soul, heart, and mind. Thank you Lord for all you have done for me.  I profess my faith in you before the angels and the entire created world.  I love you, I praise you, I worship you. Hallelujah, Thank you Lord Jesus!

Amen