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An eternal inheritance in trials
Bible Passage 1 Peter 1: 3- 9
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & book 1 Peter.

An eternal inheritance in trials

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 13, 2024

SCRIPTURE 📖
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah! Because of his great mercy he has granted us a new birth, resulting in an immortal hope through the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah, from the dead

4 and to an inheritance kept in heaven for you that can’t be destroyed, corrupted, or changed.

5 Through faith you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of this era.

6 You greatly rejoice in this, even though you have to suffer various kinds of trials for a little while,

7 so that your genuine faith, which is more valuable than gold that perishes when tested by fire, may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed.

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. And even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,

9 because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

BACKGROUND
Peter, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus wrote this letter. He wrote the letter in the Greek language about 30 years after Jesus had returned to heaven.

A man called Silas (sometimes the Bible calls him Silvanus) helped Peter to write the letter (see 1 Peter 5:12). In those days, some men were expert writers. They helped people to write their letters properly.

In 1Peter 1:1, he lists 5 countries to whom the letter was written – Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Most of these are in the country that we now call Turkey. On the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) people from three of these countries (Pontus, Cappadocia, and Asia) were visiting the city of Jerusalem, and probably present when Peter addressed the people. Some of these people may have become Christians there.

Perhaps they went home and started new churches. Peter gave the letter to someone who traveled to the main churches in these areas. This person read the letter aloud to the Christians. Then people copied it and sent it to all the smaller churches nearby.

Many of Peter’s readers were suffering because they were Christians. So he reminds them of the reasons why they should praise God. God has shown them great mercy. Before they knew God, they lived a wayward life and deserved punishment. God shows mercy when He forgives bad people instead of punishing them. Then he brings them into His family. He does this because He loves them very much.

Through the death and resurrection of Christ, God gives believers new life and promises them eternal blessings. He also protects this life for them. They can therefore be assured that when the day of inheritance arrives at Christ’s return, they will enjoy the promised blessings and so experience salvation in its fullness (verses 3-5).

The Christian’s inheritance is not like anything in this world. Peter described it in three ways:
(1) It will never wear out or get old. Nothing can destroy it.

(2) It will not spoil or go bad. Sin cannot affect it.

(3) It will not lose its beauty. It is not like metal that stops shining. Nor is it like a light that goes out.

This assurance gives Christians joy amid the trials of the present life. Trials produce endurance, proving that faith is genuine (verses 6-7).

It is probably easier to be a Christian when life is favorable. But Christians often have troubles in their lives. God uses these troubles to make their faith in God strong and pure. To have faith in God means to trust in God and in Jesus Christ His Son. James 1:2-4 says that troubles help people to grow up as strong Christians. So they should have joy even when they have troubles.

As faith grows stronger and joy increases, so the love for Christ is enriched. They experience in advance the greater fellowship that they will have with Christ when their salvation reaches its fulfillment at His return (verses 8-9).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Our trials are for a little while and are never meant to destroy us but to mould us and keep us stronger

🔷 Jesus Christ is the source of our hope

🔷 Those who remain faithful shall have an eternal inheritance from God

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray for strength in your trials
💥 Pray for those in excruciating emotional pain

CONCLUSION📙
Our trials and afflictions should help us to know and acknowledge God. In those difficulties, our Lord shall be there to walk us through so we don’t miss out on our eternal inheritance prepared for Him.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections