Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Refined by fire

1 Peter: 1-12

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,

2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.


3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you,

5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,

11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.

12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.


Thank you Lord for loving me so much and for your daily presence in my life here on this earth.



Wellness - Enjoy Spring

3 comments:

Just Joni said...

"...an inexpressible and glorious joy..."

and how we are renewed and filled by all that He delivers...

Thank you Phyllis for your friendship, your sweet spirit and faithful presence.

I am hoping your day will be one that is notably fulfilling ~

big hugs ~
Joni

Annette said...

That is a very pretty blog this morning, and I ditto what Joni said..."Thank you for your friendship, your wonderful sweet spirit, and your faithful presence" hope you have a fantastic day!!!!!!! Annette

Nonnie said...

yes.....and thank you for my belief and for my love for him.....i am so grateful for these things!

catching up today, phyllis.....hope you have a glorious day.
kimberly

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