A fisherman on the Sea of Galilee led a gritty life fighting the elements.
That rugged life called for action and
zealous men probably peppered their talk with salty language.
So what’s the Apostle Peter, a former leading fisherman called by Jesus Christ to be a fisher of men (Matthew 4:19), doing talking about “precious” items? That’s Saturday night talk you’d expect from the Church Lady not the bravado apostle.
Peter is the gospel of hope, teaming up with James (faith) and John (love) to write about the three most important characteristics of the Christian life (1 Corinthians 13:13). As you’d expect, Peter talks about our “living hope” in 1 Peter 1:3, 21 and 3:15.
But what a big surprise to see Peter talking about our hope being thanks to seven “precious” items:
- “The genuineness of your faith being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire” (1 Peter 1:7)
- “You were redeemed … from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers … with the precious blood of Christ” (1:18-19)
- “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (2:4-5)
- “To you who believe, He is precious” (2:7)
- “But let it be the hidden person of the heart with the incorruptible ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit which is very precious in the sight of God” (3:4)
- “To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1)
- “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (1:4)
We should read, study and change our lives based on what this fisher of men has written. As 1 Peter explains, we have hope through trials and sufferings because of these seven truths. As 2 Peter adds, we must not let any from within or without the church deceive us on these precious pillars.
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