1 Peter 1:1-21 – The pilgrims we usually think about when we think of the word “pilgrim” journeyed across the ocean right at 400 years ago. They were on a journey, far from home.
Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, our home is in heaven, not here on earth.
Peter says that we have something wonderful to look forward to as Christians, a special reward that belongs to us that we haven’t received yet. It is reserved in heaven for you. We didn’t receive this because of something we did, it is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our eternal life won’t wear out, it is undefiled and incorruptible. In a world full of defilement it remains undefiled. We don’t have our reward yet, but it is safe.
God’s power is working on our behalf, shielding us. We are kept through the power of God, through faith. While we have faith we will be kept by the power of God.
In this world one of the most valuable things you can have, from a worldly perspective, is gold. If you believe and trust Jesus your faith is more valuable than gold! It is precious to God and to us.
Our trials aren’t fun, they are painful, but Peter reminds us that they are only “for a little while.” There are some positives from our trials, it proves our faith and makes our faith stronger. Our trials will result in praise, honor, and glory when we finally arrive home. God gets the praise, honor, and glory… not us, it is our goal to bring honor and glory to God.
Salvation didn’t happen by accident, it was planned a long time ago. Being able to look back at the writing of the prophets and seeing that those things were written about Jesus is a blessing to us. Those prophets were being faithful, and they have blessed us.
Considering all that we have going for us as pilgrims, we need to be mentally alert. We need to be thinking about what God expects and wants, what is right. Does this please God? Does this not please God? Is this helping my faith?
Be hopeful, be obedient, be holy, be fearful, you have received something precious in the blood of Christ.
9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter 1
- Christians are pilgrims.
- Christians have a living hope.
- Christians have a stunning inheritance.
- Christians are kept by the power of God.
- Trials can protect our faith and affect future reward.
- Christians should be joyful during trials.
- Christians need to be mentally alert and sober.
- God calls His children to resemble Him in holiness.
- Christians should think soberly about the future judgement.
We are pilgrims on a journey. We have so much going for us, therefore let us be faithful in how we live each day.