The Book of First Peter Chapter 1 Part 3

Our next reading is 1 Peter 1:6-9

v6: You (will) greatly rejoice: This is another one of G-d’s promises that we can have hope in and hold on to.We are on the road to rejoicing! G-d assures His people that in His Kingdom we are going to know true joy. We cannot even begin to imagine what this joy is going to be like (1 Cor 2:9). When the end time arrives and things are being revealed we, who have been kept by the power of G-d through faith, are going to be individuals that rejoice. It is in joy that we find strength (Neh 8:10)

  • Grieved by various trials: Peter is speaking about something that still needs to be done by us. We are not all going to suffer in the same way and to the same degree, but it is necessary for all of us to experience a certain degree of trials. G-d uses trials to sanctify us. He uses them to show us His glory, and He uses them as a means to testify to others that our salvation is genuine.

v7: (literally) “In order to document your faith, which is much more precious than gold which perishes, but through fire it is documented and is found for praise and honour and glory at the revealing of Messiah Yeshua.”

In order to document (δοκίμιον) your faith: Trials provide us with an opportunity to document our faith – to test it and prove that it is genuine. It is relatively easy to share/talk about our faith with others but when it comes to putting it into action by our behaviour that could reveal a completely different story. Our faith needs to be rooted in the truth and in the power of G-d. The gospel causes us to live differently to those around us who have not accepted the truth of it. Our faith is unique. No other faith causes people to endure and persevere like our faith. 

  • Found for praise: We should desire to live in a way that brings praise, honour and glory to G-d. We are called to live as living sacrifices (Roms 12:1 -21), making personal sacrifices so that He can get praise, honour and glory. 
  • At the revealing of Messiah Yeshua: Speaking of Yeshua’s second coming.  

v8: Whom having not seen: Speaking about Yeshua. 

  • Joy inexpressible (unspeakable) and full of glory: When we, as believers, have behaved in a way that is praiseworthy, honouring or glorifying to G-d there is a response from Him in our lives. He is going to give us a joy that we cannot express or describe with our limited human capacity. 

Peter is trying to motivate us to not be blinded by the things of this world. We should not allow anything in this world (persecution, hardship, suffering) to cause us to, even for a moment, turn away from the call that we have – a call to be living our lives as a sacrifice unto Him. As we live our lives as joyful, living sacrifices we bring glory and praise to G-d. 

v9: Receiving: (κομιζόμενοι) This is the word for commission. Some people earn a salary. Other people may earn a salary based on commission. G-d does not pay us a salary. He gives us a commission, so to speak. Commission is always paid out based upon what we have achieved, what we have done, our behaviour. 

Note: This is not speaking about behaving in a way to earn our salvation. We can only be saved through faith in Yeshua. This is speaking about what our Kingdom experience is going to be like…alluding to what rewards we are going to receive. Not all of us are going to have the same Kingdom experience. Yeshua spoke about those who would be considered great in the Kingdom of G-d. If there are those who are the greatest then there are those who are least (Matt 18:4, 1 Cor 3:11-15). 

  • The end – The goal (objective): This is the same term that Yeshua used when He said on the cross: “It is finished.” When Yeshua said this, it did not only mean that His work was over but it also meant that His work was perfect, it lacked nothing. This is what G-d wants to do in our lives. He wants to take us to the place where the work He has called us to do reaches a place of perfection, lacking nothing. Many Bibles have this verse translated to read ‘The end of your faith’. But it is not the end as in “over”. It means the objective of your faith. 
  • The salvation of your souls: This is referring to the change that we are going to experience when Yeshua returns (1 Cor 15:51-53)

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