May 05, 2021 – Wednesday
1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV
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 end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
When I first read the verses above, I was reminded of Thomas meeting Jesus after His resurrection. Thomas had been told Jesus was alive, risen, but refused to believe and said to the disciples who told him they had seen Jesus in John 20:25, Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe. That is pretty ‘cold’ in my opinion, Thomas refusing to believe what his fellow disciples told him. Before you judge him too harshly though, remember the disciples who saw Jesus were in hiding behind barred doors. They did not yet believe either. Then Jesus appeared to them, John 20:19-20 and said, Peace be with you! After He said this, He showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Then they believed.
Back to Thomas, a week after his declaration of disbelief, the disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them. Then John 20;26, Jesus again came and stood among them and said Peace be with you! Then He said to Thomas, Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe. Thomas said to Him, My Lord and my God! Then Jesus told him, Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. This exchange between Jesus and Thomas is what I am reminded of by the two verses above, 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 end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. The blessing Jesus spoke of is the salvation Peter writes of as the end result of your faith.
It is a powerful thing to believe in Jesus while looking forward to what awaits us after this life. Peter mentions this in the prior verses when he writes in verses 6-7, In all 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 the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Our hope is in Jesus! We may have to go through suffering and trials, but eternal salvation through Jesus is the reward.
Clarke writes, In short, there is an equality between the believers in the present time, and those who lived in the time of the incarnation; for Christ, to a believing soul, is the same to-day that He was yesterday and will be forever. Benson’s Commentary adds, The Jews thought that the salvation to be accomplished by the Messiah would be a salvation from the Roman and every foreign yoke; but that would only have been a salvation of their bodies: whereas the salvation which believers expect from Christ is the salvation of their souls from sin and misery, and of their bodies from the grave. To which I would add, AMEN!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, It is an wonderful thing to believe Jesus died for my (our) sins, conquered death by rising on the third day, and made a compact with me (us) if I (we) would only repent, believe, and then call upon Him as my (our) Lord and Savior. In doing so Your great love for me (us) becomes so obvious it is overwhelming. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.