3 May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 4 You have a pure and enduring inheritance that cannot perish—an inheritance that is presently kept safe in heaven for you. 5 Through his faithfulness, you are guarded by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation he is ready to reveal in the last time. 6 You now rejoice in this hope, even if it’s necessary for you to be distressed for a short time by various trials. 7 This is necessary so that your faith may be found genuine. (Your faith is more valuable than gold, which will be destroyed even though it is itself tested by fire.) Your genuine faith will result in praise, glory, and honor for you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Although you’ve never seen him, you love him. Even though you don’t see him now, you trust him and so rejoice with a glorious joy that is too much for words. 9 You are receiving the goal of your faith: your salvation. (1 Peter 1:3-9, CEB)
your inheritance is kept safe in heaven…
And the goal of your faith is your salvation.
Well Peter seems to make it sound like our faith is responsible for our salvation. Yet that isn’t really how I read this. You see, the author here says, “Through his faithfulness, you are guarded by God’s power so that you can receive the salvation he is ready to reveal in the last time.”
You see it really isn’t our faith, but the faithfulness of Christ to follow the plan that is what gives us salvation. God did it from the beginning and there is nothing we can do to get it. God gives us to us because Christ is faithful.
Grace. A gift. You can’t earn it.
Live into it and know that God loves you.
Love People. Love God.