It’s All About God — Peter edition

November 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm | Posted in It's All About God, Theology | 1 Comment

Our salvation is all about God: He does it and it’s all for his glory.  I saw this again in Peter’s epistles; as I pondered them this week, I realized how many things in these books related to salvation are done by God.  Either God is the direct subject of the active verb, or we are the recipients of the passive verbs with God as the implied subject.  Here is a sampling of what I found in the first letter:  1:1) This letter is to God’s elect, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father;  1:3) in his great mercy he has given us new birth;  1:4-5) our inheritance is kept for us, and we are shielded by God’s power;  1:18-19) we were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to us from our forefathers;  1:23) we have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable;  2:9-10) once we were not the people, but now we are the people of God; once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy;  3:18) Christ suffered once for us, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God;  5:10) the God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish us.   Then in Second Peter, the first few verses continue the same theme:  1:1) this is sent to those who through the righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours;  1:3) his divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life;  and 1:4)he has given us his very great and precious promises.  It is God’s doing, and it is for God’s glory!

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  1. God’s word is so encouraging. It blesses me when I am going through valleys to see it being boldly proclaimed.

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