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The apostle Peter knew the joy that flows from contemplating the greatness of salvation in Jesus Christ.  When he began his first canonical letter, he reminded Christians of the wonder of God’s gift, exulting: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1 Pet. 1:3, NIV).  The reason for his praise was that God, out of the vast riches of His love, has given believers “new birth into a living hope” through Christ’s resurrection.

We come into this world spiritually stillborn, and have no spiritual life unless God begets us anew in Christ.  But, if we come to Christ, we are born again–spiritually alive.  Sin forgiven, death disarmed, a welcome into the family of God–all this is given to those who will receive the gift of God the Father, being united with God the Son by God the Spirit.

This new birth, done and accomplished for those who are in Christ, has present results and a glorious future.  It means a living hope now, in this world of dead ends and empty promises, vanity and illusion.  Christians have a hope that is real and sure.  The end result of this hope is a magnificent inheritance when Christ returns: “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (v.4).  The treasures of this world are ephemeral; the treasures of God are eternal.

Praise to God, who blesses generously those who come to Him.

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