Sunday, September 26, 2021

God Knows The Person

1 Peter 1:7 says, “These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

Theological Reflection

God knows us; he foreknows the very details of our lives.  God in his foreknowledge, knows what is happening before and as it is happening. God knows that we will suffer and grieve the losses, trials and tribulations of life”(1 Peter 1:6).

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.”

The events of our lives come to test and define our faith. True Christians show themselves to be in Christ, worthy, blameless, and established in the faith. Their faith in God is more precious than all precious metals, gems, and money. Genuine faith in Jesus Christ becomes the substance of praise, honor and glory to God.

Our text says, “Our faith may be proved genuine when Christ is revealed.”  When Jesus rose from death, he ascended to the right hand of God, where he reigns as King. His throne, like God’s Kingdom are not evident to the world.

In his second coming, Jesus will be revealed (apokalypsis); all will behold the glory and power that is his, even now (2 Thess. 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:7).  The Kingdom of God will reveal its King to all of creation. 

We endure pain, shame, suffering and loss in this world as did Jesus Christ with the help of our faith in God.  As we endure life’s suffering and grief; the revelation of Jesus’ death on the cross, his resurrection, ascension; and the expectation of his second return sustain us.

Like salt has flavor, we become seasoned with faith in the knowledge of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Prayer

El Shaddai, El Elohim, Yahweh: Father God, thank you for sending us your only begotten son Jesus Christ to redeem, and restore our relationship with you. Lord, you are God and beside you, there is no other God. All praise, honor and glory belong to you.  We are your children; because we are your children, the rocks can remain silent. Throughout all eternity, our praise and worship belong to You.

Lord, it was on the cross that you tasted, and defeated death.  Lord you tasted and tested suffering, sorrow, pain, grief, and loss.  When you got up out the grave, you showed us the way that leads to victory over the troubles of this world. With our knees bowed and our tongues confessing your Lordship, we want to say thank you. Thank you Lord, Thank you Lord, Thank you Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Stephen Small

Stephen Small

Rev. Small realized God was present in his life as a child, and grew into an adult with a passion for knowing and understanding God, people and the difficulties of life. Rev. Small soon came to know Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit as he experienced the storms, trails, and tribulations of life as a Black man in America. Rev. Stephen C. Small survived numerous demonic assaults on his life, which gave meaning to God’s grace and mercy. Rev. Small reasoned that God’s presence in the world gives hope, meaning and purpose; it is the essence of learning, love and relationships. Rev. Small humbled himself and opened his heart and mind to listening, learning and obeying God. On sabbatical from a business career, Rev. Small earned a Biblical Studies degree, and Master of Divinity. Rev. Small’s faith and dedication to serving God is the reason he created Trueword Ministry; TWM’s website as an evangelism tool, designed to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to Africans, African Descendants and all people created in God's image.

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