“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who accordingto His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope throughthe resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”1 Peter 1:3
We have a myriad of reasons to bless our great God, to speak of Him
with grateful praises. “Blessed be the God and Father of our LordJesus Christ.” Our heavenly Father has mercifully showered us with somany blessings that we rightly desire Him to be honored and blessed. “ForYou, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy toall those who call upon You” (Psalm 86:5). Based on His great love, Hesent His Son to pay for our debt of sin. Through faith in His name, wehave received forgiveness and new life. Day by day He is present withus and is working in and through our lives. How blessed we are!
In the scripture before us, God’s merciful heart toward us is focused
on a magnificent matter: “who according to His abundant mercy hasbegotten us again to a living hope.” The Lord’s mercy has provided aplan whereby He can righteously hold back the awful judgment that werightly deserve. This plan of salvation offers new birth. God has”begotten us again.” This could be rendered, “caused us to be bornagain.” We all were begotten of our earthly parents, a birth thatbrings temporal human life. For all of us who believe in the LordJesus as our personal Savior, we have been given a new birth from Godinto everlasting spiritual life in Christ. This is one of the heavenlyrealities that relate to justification (being declared righteous inGod’s sight, and thereby able to begin a walk with God).
This new birth is also “to a living hope.” When we were born into the
Lord’s family, real “hope” became available to us everafter. Biblicalhope is about absolute certainties concerning the future. It is aboutguaranteed expectations for time and eternity. These are vital needsfor every person. Otherwise, people flounder in hopelessness anddespair, or they march along in vain fantasies and imaginations.
The unique hope the Lord provides for us is a “living hope.” It is a
hope that pulsates with resurrection life. “[God] has begotten usagain to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ fromthe dead.” This hope is permeated with the Lord’s resurrection. Thisresurrection hope is sufficient to raise us from any agonizingdeadness, whether in our aching hearts or in our threateningcircumstances.
Lord God of mercy, I praise You for Your abundant mercy toward me. I
thank You for new birth. I am especially grateful for living hope. Inow ask You to work in the dead aspects of my life. Lord, You knowwhat areas of my heart are lifeless. You see the circumstances thatare killing me. Raise my heart to new vitality. Lift me abovecircumstantial living, through the reality of the resurrection of YourSon, Amen.
from Day By Day By Grace, March 19th To subscribe to this daily email, visit www.blueletterbible.org/devotionals/dbdbg/ . Pastor Bob Hoekstra serves as Director of Living In Christ Ministries. www.livinginchrist.org