Pew news 08th April

Vicar’s Column

I want to share one of the New Testament’s most vivid passages on the resurrection in the wake of our celebration of Easter last weekend. 

What does the resurrection mean for us who believe?  For us, who live many years after the event itself?  What encouragement does the resurrection provide for us in our difficulties?  What are its implications for the future?

The Apostle Peter answers those questions in the expression of praise that opens his first letter.  The letter was written to believers – probably quite recent converts – who were facing the beginnings of opposition for their faith. 

As you read, try to identify the resurrection’s impact on the believer’s past, present and future:

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

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  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 honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 

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

 

 


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