1 Peter 1:3, 8-9 (NIV, NLT) – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
“Unlike Peter and others of the first generation who had seen Jesus, they have neither seen him in the past not do they see him at present… Yet despite this apparent deprivation, they in no way come behind the first generation of disciples…, for they love and believe on Jesus. This paradox of faith without sight is often found in the NT, for as soon as the church expanded… it was the experience of most Christians. The really important thing is not what they can see, but whom they love and are committed to, even though they do not see him.
“[This] causes them to rejoice. The verb is present, for Peter’s point is that in the midst of outward trials we can already experience by faith and rejoice in our coming Lord.” [Davids, Peter H. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The First Epistle of Peter.]
Let’s thank and praise God for the truth of this passage in our lives. Today, let’s love Jesus, believe in Him, and rejoice that we are receiving our salvation. Let’s declare the truth and worship with this song, “Who You Say I Am” (Hillsong).