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Verse of the Day (January 6, 2020)

Verse of the Day (January 6, 2020) #BMSeminary – Peter now enters the more practical matters of obedience and endurance under hardship. And yet the grounding of the gospel is his ever-present offering of help in these matters. Believers are first commanded not to set their hope on their own efforts or their own strength but “fully on the grace” that will be completely and finally manifested when Christ returns (v. 13). We are granted grace here and now; and yet this grace will be publicly displayed before the whole world upon Christ’s second coming. The commands of verses 14–17 flow from “knowing that you were ransomed” (v. 18). And what precious value is this grace! The “precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb” (v. 19) makes “silver or gold” (v. 18) seem like rubbish. We have been ransomed by the imperishable blood of Christ, which affords for us eternal life. And eternal life is just what it says it is: eternal! Therefore, the entire set of instructions to holiness and love in verses 13–22 is sourced in verse 23’s “since you have been born again.” This is the rhythm of Christian living. Having been redeemed, we are freed to live a life of glad obedience. This is our true joy. Having been loved so well, our delight is to love in return. We are not loved because we obey; we obey because we are loved: “knowing that you were ransomed” (v. 18). (Gospel Transformation Study Bible)

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