God’s Great Mercy-1 Peter 1:3-5

1 Peter 1:3-5 “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.”

1 Peter 1:3-5 Benedetto sia il Dio e Padre del nostro Signore Gesù Cristo, che nella sua grande misericordia ci ha fatti rinascere a una speranza viva mediante la risurrezione di Gesù Cristo dai morti, 4 per un’eredità incorruttibile, senza macchia e inalterabile. Essa è conservata in cielo per voi, 5 che siete custoditi dalla potenza di Dio mediante la fede, per la salvezza che sta per essere rivelata negli ultimi tempi.”


     Consistent with the epistles in the New Testament, Peter begins his letter with praise to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. These same words occur in 2 Corinthians 1:3 where Paul opens up the epistle. Here Peter cites the reason for his praise: “In his great mercy”. Because God is a compassionate and loving God and His mercy extends beyond anything we deserve. Peter then proceeds by telling us that this great mercy has given us “new birth”. The word in the original language is only used in the New Testament by Peter here and in v. 23. It literally means “beget again or born again”.

     In similar fashion, John 3:7 says “You must be born again” but uses a different word meaning ‘regenerated’. Both Peter and Jesus refer to the same concept but Jesus expresses it to a bewildered Nicodemus for his understanding and Peter refers it to believers who need to comprehend God’s great mercy as a living hope through the resurrection. By living, we can declare that our hope is guaranteed and an imperishable inheritance is reserved for us in heaven.

     Not only is this “great mercy” an inheritance, it is also “shielded by God’s power”, a military term applied to the internal surroundings that guard a fortress. God’s power guards from within and as people of the “new birth”, we stand strong in a living hope, an imperishable inheritance that is shielded by God’s power until the day He takes us home!

Pray with me: Lord, when I think about Your great mercy and all that You have done for me, I stand in awe of You. Help me to face every day, no matter what it brings, with praise to You for mercy wrapped up in a living hope that can never be tarnished and stands firmly as a protective shield over me.

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