The Doorpost: Our faith in Jesus is what gives us joy
Ray King · Oct 30, 2017
Do you believe in Jesus Christ though you do not see Him, and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory?
The Apostle Peter was writing to fellow believers who rejoiced even though they were grieved by various trials (verse 1:6). It wasn’t their circumstances that were causing them to rejoice. What was it?
In verses 1:3-5 Peter says, “… He (God the Father) 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, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Tribulation and trials are normal in the Christian life (John 16:33). When we have faith in Jesus Christ and love Him, we have a hope that overcomes and surpasses even grievous circumstances—an imperishable, undefiled, unfading inheritance kept in heaven for us. We can and should, by faith, have an underlying joy that is “inexpressible and filled with glory.”
For the Kingdom,