Exiles: Living in Hope
Christians are recipients of God’s mercy, given real hope and set apart as holy. As such, they are ‘strangers’ in this world where they will face various trials and testing. Relying on and utilising all that God has given, Christians are to stand firm and live out their faith, in all of life, in holy living, in willing service and devoted to doing good.
Chosen by God; Strangers in the World
It is God’s great mercy that gives true hope that sustains believers through trials and testing. Christians persevere in the faith by understanding the great mercies of God poured out on the believer and the trials and testing that come because of that. Knowing our identity as ‘elect exiles’, believers give praise to God and rejoice in His mercy and persevering in loving and trusting Jesus in hardships.
Living as Children of the Holy God
As elect exiles, our core identity is that we are children of God. Knowing this, we seek to maintain and nurture a child-like attitude towards our heavenly Father as we live in anticipation of our true home.
The Honour of Holiness
Believers are chosen in Christ to live in ways that glorify God. What a marvel and assurance is this good news, and what a challenge to our lives in exile here.
Free to Live in Subjection, Part 1
Having been freed and given great privileges, Christians are to be good 'subjects', submitting under and respecting the authority of various human institutions that they are part of. Christians recognise the God-given role of earthly authorities. Christians fear God by honouring authorities and everyone. As servants of God, we serve those in our world and seek to do good, even when we suffer unjustly.
Free to Live in Subjection, Part 2
Belonging to God, and secure in their true identity and hope, Christians are free to subject themselves to, and honour, their spouse.
Living the Good Life
Elect exiles are to pursue the good life even in the midst of suffering, because Christ's victorious suffering enables and empowers them to persevere.
Living the New Life
In Christ, Christians have died to sin and given new life. The old way of life of living out sinful, God-denying, desires is over. Instead, the believer is to live out the rest of his or her life with new desires, seeking and living out God's will.
Suffering While Doing Good
Suffering is certain, but it catches so many of us off guard. So how will you respond to suffering when it comes? We continue our series in 1 Peter, where he writes to prepare the beloved elect exiles for suffering for the sake of living for Christ.
Standing Firm in Christ
For believers to stand firm unto eternal glory, we must exercise humility and boldness. We need humble shepherds and need to be humble sheep. We need bold resistance in the battle against the enemy and all he uses to waylay our faith. On Gods part, He is the God of all grace who supplies all we need to make it to the end! Praise be to God!