Deep Seated & Soul Centered Joy

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (I Peter 1:8-9).

Peter speaks to his readers in vs. 8-9 of an important distinction between the first century apostles and the remaining followers of Jesus Christ; then and today. The apostles walked with Jesus and witnessed firsthand all which He did (I John 1:1-4). This was one of the qualifications in holding the office of apostle (Acts 1:21-26). Not so for the other followers of Christ. Rather, we walk or live for Christ by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

While Peter makes this important distinction between himself and his audience, he also makes this important point. Even though believers have not seen the Lord Jesus as the apostles did, we still love Him (I John 4:7-11). Even though we do not now see Jesus, we trust, are committed to, depend and worship Him.

This results in a deep seated, soul centered joy, or gladness, which is often inexpressible in words and which is not understood by those who are not in a covenant relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 2:14).

For the believer, this relationship with Christ is wonderfully praiseworthy because God has promised to not only save us from the penalty of sin, and the power of sin, but eventually from the very presence of sin (Romans 8:28-30). This is when our salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone will be compete.

Take time today to express to God, in words if you can, how much He means to you because of who He is and what He has done. Think of a hymn or song which expresses in lyrics and music what the Lord means to you.

Soli deo Gloria!

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