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About-Him.Com Devotional 11-14-2009

1Peter 1:5-12 - Our God is a Refining Fire

We left off last week speaking of our inheritance, which is pure and undefiled, reserved in heaven for us (1Peter 1:4)  

1Peter 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  

We are on a lifelong journey from earth to glory and carnality to spirituality. Our mortal life is but a vapor that will soon disappear (James 4:14). However, at our journeys  end we will have everlasting life with Jesus. He said He was going to prepare a place for us and would return for us again that we might be with Him, where He is (John 14:2-3). Somebody has said, “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.”  

Sometimes the road we travel is like a super highway, but more  often it is a rock strewn mountain path. We love the mountaintop experience where we have instant communication with heaven, but quite often the heavens seem shut up and communication is difficult and seemingly we take one step forward and two steps back. Anybody identify with this? I thought so.  

If we were left to our own understanding or our feelings we would be miserably lost. However we have a keeping and sustaining power i.e. the power of God’s Holy Spirit that resides within us. The road may be treacherous, but we can rest assured that He has traveled that route before and knows every pothole and obstacle along the way.  Actually He’s walking right alongside of us, now. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5) and to go with us until the end of the world (Mt. 28:20).  

The power of God is activated by our faith. Firstly, faith in who Jesus is. He is our Creator, who brought forth this world by the power of His word and He uphold all things by the word of His power (Col. 1:16-17). He is our Redeemer who purchased our salvation by shedding His sinless blood on the cross Acts 20:28; Heb. 9:12, 13:12).  He keeps and sustains us by the power of His Spirit. His abiding Spirit brings His word to our remembrance when we are facing difficulties and puts a check on us when we are about to go astray. Our faith was born when we heard the message of the cross and our faith will never fail us, regardless of any trial we may be experiencing (Luke 22:32).  

1Peter 1:6 ¶  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  

If you’re anything like me (hopefully not too much ) you may feel alone and isolated with trials on testing on every hand. We may be in heaviness as the text says, but the apostle tells us to rejoice, it won’t last forever. We can take comfort in the fact that God is doing a work in our lives that will cause us to be conformed to His image (Ro. 8:29; Eph. 4:24).  

1Peter 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  

Not everything that looks like gold is gold. It can often be a gilt, something that is little more than a gold like coating. That won’t last very long in God’s fire, it will float to the top.  Zechariah 13:9 tells us that God will purify His people as gold and silver is purified, so that He may call us His people and we will be able to call Him our God.  

Gold is tested by being melted in a fiery crucible. Every impurity floats to the top and is skimmed off and discarded.  I read that gold is often mixed with a lesser metal such as lead.  The lead attracts other undesirable elements and they float to the top and form a layer of crud, which is then discarded. The point was made that our faith is often tested by obnoxious people afflictions and unpleasant circumstances, etc.  When the Holy Spirit shows us that our actions and reactions are not in keeping with God’s word and are nothing more than crud, we discard the crud and our faith is purified. Gold is very precious, but it is going to pass away with fervent heat. Our faith is much more precious because it will keep us until eternity.  

Proverbs 17:3 ¶ The fining pot [is] for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.  

Malachi  3:3 And he shall sit [as] a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.  

 Mt 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  

1Peter 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  

No, we haven’t seen Jesus face to face, but we know that we will 91Cor. 13:12). His word tells us that when we do, pain, suffering and death will cease and that God will wipe all tears from our eyes (Rev. 21:4 ). We love Him and as the song says, “You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” We have a relationship established that the devil cannot destroy, try as he may.  What a privilege to be able to come to the throne of grace and be able to talk with the eternal God of heaven. There we find mercy and grace in the time of need (Heb. 4:16). No wonder we love Him so much.  

1Peter 1:10 ¶  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

Verses 10-12 tell us that the prophets of old saw the suffering of Christ and His ensuing glory. They enquired diligently about the salvation that we enjoy and desired to experience it themselves. The Holy Spirit instructed them that they were writing on our behalf, and that the  angels of heaven desire to look into the things that we enjoy. The Message version of the bible sums up verse 12 by asking, “Do you realize how fortunate you are? Angels would have given anything to be in on this!”  
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