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Easter 2019

40 Days of Hope

April 12

Friday, April 12

Walk by Faith, Not by Sight

1 Peter 1:3-12

Walk by Faith, Not by Sight | 1 Peter 1:3-12 Peter is now bringing his thoughts to a conclusion. Remarkably, 1 Peter 1:3-12 is one long sentence in the original Greek! As he concludes his opening remarks, his eyes span both the eternal past and the eternal future. He takes great joy in the final outcome of our faith in Christ --- the salvation of our souls!

Peter remarks that angels have longed to know more about the miracle of salvation. The prophets of old as well sought to explore the full ramifications of our salvation. The mysteries of the sufferings of the Messiah and His future glory intrigued these Old Covenantal People of God. They realized their words were intended for future audiences.

Peter encourages his readers to take in the fullness of his insights about the new birth. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus has altered history and changed eternity. Now, a new birth is available for the followers of Jesus. The Old Covenant has been fulfilled and replaced by the New Covenant. God’s people now have a living hope that has been made a reality by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

The new birth has resulted in the precious gift of an eternal inheritance secured in heaven by God Himself. This inheritance is set and will not disappear or diminish over time. Adopting an eternal perspective will enable the people of God to endure even the harshest of times. God’s glory in them and through them will not ultimately be revealed until the last days.

What has truly happened is the fulfillment of the ages. The prophets’ words have come true. God has addressed the deepest needs of humanity and hope has been secured for all who believe Him.

And there is a special blessing for those of us who have believed without seeing. We have not seen Him ourselves, but we still believe. Like the folks in our family photo album, we are walking by faith and not by sight. God will make available to us an inexpressible joy. This is His reward for that type of faith. And, finally --- the result? The salvation of our souls.

What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight? How are you walking in faith today?