Imperishable Inheritance: 1 Peter 1:1-12

Hello, friend! I hope you are doing well. I know the coronavirus is probably causing a lot of frustration, struggle, and fear, but I hope that this article will bring you what we all need: good news.

Today we are beginning our discussion of 1 Peter. You can read the first chapter here; we will be discussing parts of the first 12 verses. This book is very fitting for this time, and in a moment you will see why.

Target Audience

1 Peter is written by the apostle Peter, who was a disciple of Jesus Christ while He walked on the earth. 1 Peter is a letter to the persecuted Christians, “…in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.”

No, I’m not going to make you go find those places on the map today, I just want you to realize they were in a foreign, hostile land. They were being persecuted there because of their faith, and Peter’s letter was meant for encouragement in staying strong in their faith despite that.

We aren’t being persecuted, but we are definitely struggling during this time and need to trust God more than ever. 

Verses To Think About

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

1 Peter 1:3-4

In these verses, Peter throws a lot at us, so let’s break it down.

1. Born Again

Being “born again” as Peter says is to have a fresh start, a new life. Jesus talks about this same concept to Nicodemus the Pharisee in John 3. Nicodemus is confused by Jesus’s use of the word “born” and asks how a man could possibly go back into his mother’s womb. Jesus answers, 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

John 3:5-6

What Jesus is speaking about is a spiritual rebirth, not physical rebirth. Being born again is putting our trust in Jesus and what He did for us: His death and resurrection so that our sins could be washed away. With our sins washed away, we are born again with a clean slate.

2. Living Hope

Now that we know what being born again means, what about the “to a living hope” part? Let’s start with hope. 

Before Jesus died for us, eternity with God was far off. The people in the Old Testament had animal sacrifices for their sins, but that was never meant to be a permanent arrangement.

Jesus came and became the Ultimate Sacrifice. He died for us so that we could be born again, and in doing so He became our hope. Without him, we were lost in the darkness, with almost no way to be with God, and Jesus gave us hope.

Not only that, but Jesus rose again, He is alive! That’s where “living” comes in. Jesus isn’t only our hope, but He’s our living hope!

3. Our Inheritance

To inherit something is to have something passed on to you. In verse 4, Peter talks about inheriting salvation through Jesus Christ. Paul talks about something similar in Romans 8:

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs– heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Romans 8:16-17

Not only do we inherit this great gift, but the inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It cannot die, it cannot be spoiled, and it cannot fade over time. 

We shouldn’t expect this inheritance on earth; just because there is mention of greater things to come doesn’t mean it comes here and now. We will struggle and suffer, and not everything will be easy.

Current Struggles

Though we struggle, we always have God with us.

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith– more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire– may be found to result in praise and glory and revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:6-7

This doesn’t mean God is trying to hurt us and make us fall away, but if someone genuinely trusts God, they stand with Him through these trials. 

These struggles also won’t last forever, as Paul says in Romans 8:

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Romans 8:18

We can get through these current times, but only if we trust in God to help us. And of course, remember:

For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live, or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

Romans 14:8

Final Thoughts

Thank you for joining me today! I hope that this article has helped to encourage you. There is so much more I want to say about 1 Peter, which is what we’ll be talking about for the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

Have a blessed day,

~Caroline

Book Review: Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Hello, friend! I hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family. Today we have a very special post, as it’s my first book review! This post will probably be shorter than most, but believe me, this book is good!

Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible With Both Our Hearts And Our Minds lays out the perfect strategy for any person to use, not just women. It starts by listing out ways we can study and interpret the Bible incorrectly, and honestly, I qualified in many of the categories she listed.

Jen Wilkin doesn’t leave us hanging with the new idea that our study is wrong. She then explains what she calls the “Five P’s of Sound Study.” They are: Purpose, Perspective, Patience, Process, and Prayer. 

In each chapter, she goes over how to use each “P” in steps that are easy to understand. Closer to the end of the book, she shows an example of how to use all five “P’s’ together, a helpful tool after all the information she gives you.

Why We Need This Sound Study

Throughout the entire book, Jen Wilkin supports the idea that loving God means also knowing God. If we love something or someone, we often want to know the person or thing better. 

As we grow in the knowledge of God’s character throughout the study of the Word, we cannot help but grow an exponentially greater love for him.

Jen Wilkin, Women of the Word

Reading and studying the Bible is how we learn about God, and learning about God helps us see how great He really is. 

If you’re worried about simply understanding the Bible, this book goes over that too! She gives you tips for comprehending what you read, and then how to study and apply it. 

She also has her own Bible studies you can buy on her website here if you want some help getting started. 

What’s Happening Next?

I will be using the strategies explained in this book in future articles about Bible passages. The first book I’ll be going through is 1 Peter, so I encourage you to go buy Jen Wilkin’s book and read some of 1 Peter to prepare!

Final Thoughts

Thanks for reading this book review! I hope you want to go read the book yourself now, and I hope that it will help you figure out how to study the Bible, especially if you’ve struggled with doing that for a while. I’ll see you next week!

Have a blessed day, 

~Caroline

Why Reading The Bible Is Important For Your Faith

Welcome my friend! I am glad you are here and hope you’re ready for today’s article. Today we will be discussing why the Bible is important for your faith. This is a big topic, so let’s jump in!

Having Doubts? Here’s a Great Resource

The Bible is a tricky thing; non-Christians may ask you, “Why do you believe the Bible?” I have learned about this topic specifically in my church youth group, but I’m not going to go into it all here, so here is a resource for doing your own research.

This is the video my youth group went over. Dr. Voddie Bauchman lays it all out here, and I know it’s a long video, but sit down and watch it. 

Why you can believe the Bible – Voddie Baucham

Let’s Dive In

Once you’ve answered the first why, which is why you believe the Bible, the second why is why is it important?

Well, if you watched the video, in the first few seconds Dr. Bauchman says the “Why do you believe the Bible?” question is important because it’s what you believe. The Bible lays a foundation for your faith. If it weren’t for the Bible, you wouldn’t have a reliable story about Jesus. The Bible tells the stories that are critical for our faith.

So you believe it now, and you have a valid statement for why you believe it, but do you know what’s in it? Do you know the stories inside and out? Backward and forwards? I’m guessing not, but don’t get me wrong, I don’t know them that well either.

The Bible is amazing. It has so much information, so many answers to our questions, and if you know it, you’re set. If you look closely, you’ll realize that answers to your big questions might be lying right in front of you.

What Does This Mean?

This means that we should read it, and we should try to read it and study it and discuss it more than any other book. We need to know this book; we need to know our faith. So reading it–and I don’t mean skimming it–but reading it closely, is important. 

2 Peter puts it this way:

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1:19-21

The ‘word’ Peter is speaking of is the Bible, and according to this, scripture should be a lamp shining in a dark place. It should be that hope when things are hard when days especially seem dark and dreary.

Not only that but:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Scripture can do so many good things for you. On those rough days; it can be a comfort, on those days when you need correction; it can convict you and bring you closer to God, on those days when you really just need some light; it can bring you joy. 

I Want to Read It… But How Do I Do It?

Hopefully, by now you are ready to read and explore God’s word with excitement. But reading the Bible is a daunting task; there’s a lot in there! There are several ways you can do it: read it straight through, follow a chronological plan, follow another Bible reading schedule….

This is all very overwhelming and kind of scary too. There are so many ways to do it; is there a right way? Let me tell you now, no matter how you do it, you’re learning. So find a plan that works for you depending on your schedule.

Accountability 

Yes, here it is, the Accountability Monster. Don’t skim me, please; stay here. 

Accountability isn’t a school paper or work project deadline. It’s not something that’s going to give you a bad grade or yell at you for doing a bad job. It’s there to help you.

Accountability is good, and it can look different depending on who you are. Maybe you need to make yourself a flexible deadline for how much you need to have read in a week, or maybe you need someone to actually remind you to read it each day. Both ways work, but either way, don’t stress. It’s okay if you miss one day; it takes time to make habits.

For me, my accountability is one of my best friends. I didn’t even tell her to tell me to do my reading, just knowing she’s waiting to talk about it does. My friendship with her has formed over a love for Jesus and a shared faith. We have common beliefs, which means we can easily fall back on each other and ask for prayers when we’re hurt, tired, or really just in need of some comfort.

We also agreed to read the Bible together. 

We agreed to take turns picking books of the Bible to read and discuss a chapter each time we can talk. But when one of us (usually me) doesn’t read, we can’t talk about it, and that guilt trap eats at me when I miss it, and so I go and try to read so that I can talk to her later.

Knowing that there’s someone who wants to talk about the passage with you is a huge help, and it’s the best type of accountability. It’s not an annoying phone reminder or someone telling you day after day, “Hey, did you do this?” (though there’s nothing wrong with those things), it’s just knowing that your friend is waiting to talk about it with you.

Reading the Bible with a Friend

If you’re interested in learning more about Reading the Bible with a Friend, sign up for my email list! After signing up, you will receive an introduction to my blog as well as three exclusive articles about the topic. You will also get a newsletter from my blog 1-2 times per month.

Wondering what the articles will talk about? Here are some general bullet points:

  • Who to ask to be your Bible friend
  • How to ask them
  • How to start doing discussions with them

And the whole thing will be wrapped in a personal story about how my friend and I started off! 

Final Thoughts

I hope this article helped and meant something to you! This was a very broad topic, but also a very important one, and if you read to the end, thank you! Remember to sign up for my email list for monthly newsletters and those articles I mentioned above!

Have a blessed day,

~Caroline