In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
January 31, 2008 – A Living Hope – 1 Peter 1:3-5
Corinth was a city characterized by sexual immorality and others forms of ungodliness. The believers there had once been like their fellow citizens—filled with greed, envy, wickedness, deceit, and malice. But now they were new creations, indwelt by the Holy Spirit and adopted into God’s family. The “Corinthian lifestyle” no longer matched who they had become in Christ.
Paul reminded the believers of that city not to be influenced by their culture or old patterns of thinking (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). The apostle was not warning them that they might miss out on the kingdom. Instead, he was encouraging them to abandon old ways and bring their behavior in line with who they really were—children of God.
We, too, should know that salvation is permanent and faith ought to have a positive effect on our conduct. Furthermore, understanding the basis for our salvation—namely, the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross—will banish fear and fill us with hope.
We could never earn our way into God’s family, nor could we pay our own sin-debt. But our Savior willingly paid the penalty on our behalf, satisfying divine justice and the Law’s demands (Romans 3:25-26). To show that the sacrifice was accepted, God raised Jesus to life and brought Him to heaven, where He reigns at the Father’s right hand (Mark 16:19).
What God has accomplished—pardoning our sins, giving us a new nature, and adopting us into His family—no one can undo. That gives us a living hope to sustain and uplift us all our days.
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