Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory (1 Peter 3:8)
As you sit in the comfort of your home or office to read this passage and these notes, I invite you to imagine yourself living as a Christian 2000 years ago, “scattered” in a foreign land where many people, including the governing rulers of that land, are seeking to harm or kill you. And the only reason they are pursuing you is that you are a follower and faithful witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then you can begin to get an idea of what the circumstances were like for the initial recipients of Peter’s letter. Yet Peter opens up his letter to these dispersed and persecuted Christians by exhorting them to “bless God” and “rejoice.” In Peter’s Holy Spirit inspired, and glorious opening doxology, he reminds these suffering brothers and sisters to not look upon their current circumstances, but to dwell upon the Divine inheritance given to them by their Heavenly Father through the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This week, we will examine our own lives against this exhortation as we here in America today are far removed from anything even remotely similar to the kind of persecution they were up against. How much more then are we to live lives of blessing and praise towards God our Heavenly Father? You can also prepare your heart by listening to the previous message in 1 Peter: “Peter, a Rock or a Stumbling Block.”