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Continuing in 1 Peter 1……
1 Peter 1: 8-9 How true! “Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, you love.” Many unbelievers claim they cannot believe in something or someone they cannot see. But, in reality, there are many things people believe without seeing….an adopted child believes they have a biological mother they have never seen; we believe what we are taught about minute cell structure even to the far expanse of the universe without really seeing them; a blind person uses senses other than physical sight to live in this world.
There is a spiritual sense that is more than physical sight. Like the blind person can magnify other senses to replace physical sight, so our spiritual sense can go beyond our physical sight. Plus, Jesus taught that we cannot see the Holy Spirit, but we can see the effects of Him…… like the wind (John 3: 6-8).
We can come to know and love Jesus, who we have not yet seen physically. I am also reminded however, that believing in Jesus is not “blind faith”. There is evidence for Jesus as the risen Savior and Lord that can be examined, IF people take the time and effort to search Him out! Those who do not see HIm, yet, believe, will find inexpressible joy and the revelation of His glory unto the total receiving of the fullness of their faith, which is the full salavtion of their soul. Yes, it is not really so hard to beleive in someone or something you cannot see physically. You can personally, with certainty in your soul, know God in the persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 1: 10-12 This salvation through Yeshua Jesus which we now rejoice in and experience was searched and inquired for carefully by the prophets. They were seeking God for the what and when details for this promise of grace. The Holy Spirit spoke to them beforehand of the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that their prophesies would not be for themselves in their lifetime on earth, but for those in the future. Yeshua Jesus came just as prophesied, fulfilling all thier prophecies. Later in 2 Peter 1: 16-21, Peter makes this same point again – the disciples, including Peter, had been eyewitnesses to the honor and glory of the Father bestowed upon Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit working through Him, BUT, by Yeshua Jesus fulfilling the prophecies concerning the Messiah, that made the evidence even more sure.
And now, the good news/gospel of salvation is being spread across the world through the Holy Spirit working through God’s people, just as He worked through and inspired God’s prophets of old. Only now, when we choose to be in Christ, the Holy Spirit indwells us at our salvation and our restoration into relationship with God. That prophesied promise of grace is NOW available to all who will believe, trust in, rely on, love, and follow Jesus! The angels desire to look into all these amazing things that God is doing for and in His people who are being created in His image and likeness!!!
How marvelous is the love of God for His sons and daughters!!! How deep is His love, mercy, and grace! How longsuffereing, patient, and full of compassion! Yet, all in perfect wisdom and upholding holiness, righteousness, truth, and justice! How precious does He esteem His beloved one in true faithful love (giving of one’s heart), that He also allows choice to leave Him, as well as to come to Him voluntarily, of their own will. His ways are higher than ours. Words cannot express the full marvelous character of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. My heart shouts, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to Father, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit!!! I love You! “