Tuesday, April 26, 2011

1 Peter 1:3-9 - The Epistle Lectionary Passage for Sunday, Arpil 24, 2011

This is the NRVS translation of the lectionary epistle lesson for Sunday. This is also the passage I'll preach at Cove. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let’s discuss the Word of God.

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3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Although 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, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 comment:

  1. The passage from First Peter is one of a number of passages in the Epistle in which Peter writes of living a resurrected life. While other passages deal with living the obedient life, living the Christ-like life, living the baptized life, etc. this one deals with living the persecuted life. Persecution was a daily occurrence for early Christians and they had to be careful as they bore witness in a dangerous environment.


    In the midst of all this persecution it never ceases to amaze me that Peter could write about joy and being joyful. Perhaps it should not surprise us. Indeed, the spiritual writer Macrina Wiederkehr has written: "The most helpful discovery of today has been that right in the midst of my sorrows there is always room for joy. Joy and sorrow are sisters; they live in the same house."


    Joyce Rupp ( THE CUP OF OUR LIFE: A Guide for Spiritual Growth) has reinforced this connection by observing that there are values that come with the presence of both sorrow (at tribulation) and joy in life. "The memory of her brokenness helped her to accept the balance of life with its joy and its sorrow." Sister Rupp went on to say, "She knows that joy and sorrow are both a part of the process of growth. She understands that each has something significant to bring into her life."


    Living the resurrected life involves living with this balance of suffering and joy ... tribulation and rejoicing!


    Mac

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