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Peter - definitely one of the most “colorful” of the 12 men that Jesus singled out and called to be his apostles (sent ones). Peter was actually not the name given to him by his parents. Jesus is the one who gave Simon the son of John the name of Peter – which means rock. That took place at the first meeting between Jesus and Simon. Jesus said to him words to the effect that to this point in time you have been Simon, but you will become Peter — you have been a reed blowing in the wind, but you will become the rock. As you read the four gospels and then the book of Acts you can see the transformation that took place in the life of this man we now call Peter. He was a changed man.


Perhaps that is the reason that in this first chapter of 1 Peter, written to the churches in Asia Minor in about A.D. 64, that Peter speaks about the new birth that God has given to us through Jesus Christ. (v.3) It was Jesus who spoke the first time about being born again. You find the conversation that took place between Jesus and a Jewish leader named Nicodemus in John 3.

John 3:3

In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

That is the only place in the Gospels that we have record of Jesus using that terminology. But Peter picks it up in this letter that he wrote to persecuted Christians in the first century. He is wanting to encourage them during the difficult times that they are going to experience to live out the reality of the new life that they have experienced in Jesus.


In this first chapter of 1st Peter, there are a couple of things that I want to point out today about this new life.

1. It didn’t come cheap. In fact, it was more expensive than this world could afford.

1 Peter 1:18-19

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, [19] but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.


2. The nature of this life is eternal. J.B. Phillips paraphrases 1 Peter 23 this way

“God has given us His own indestructible heredity.” Our new life is God’s own life, fused permanently to our human personality. All flesh is like grass, perishable. Our new life from God is permanent, a source of endless existence and spiritual vitality.”


3. Our new life makes a difference. We no longer live the same way. We respond to life with a totally new mind set. We begin to show signs of the fact that we are now closely related to our Heavenly Father – there is a family likeness. And one of the ways that likeness will be manifested in our lives is

1 Peter 1:22

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.


Peter wanted the reader to know that though difficult days were in store for them, they had a life and a purpose that superseded anything that could happen to them. Their hope was in the eternal life that Jesus has purchased – and they would have the privilege of being a reflection of His great love by the way they lived the new life.


I close our thoughts for this morning with a question. Do those who know us see the family resemblance to our Father?



Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Friday          October 15, 2010   1 Peter 1-3 and Isaiah 15

Saturday      October 16, 2010   1 Peter 4-5 and Isaiah 16

Sunday        October 17, 2010   Ezekiel 1-2 and Isaiah 17

Monday       October 18, 2010   Ezekiel 3-4 and Isaiah 18

Tuesday      October 19, 2010   Ezekiel 5-6 and Isaiah 19

Wednesday October 20, 2010   Ezekiel 7-8 and Isaiah 20


 

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