In this chapter, Apostle Peter expresses praise and joy for the resurrection of Jesus Christ through which we are given “new birth into a living hope” (Verse 3) (NIV). Becoming born again requires faith, belief, complete trust in God, and His power to redeem our lives. Then we learn that by faith/trust/belief we are shielded …and then how trials that come so that faith may be proved genuine (Verses 5-7)(NIV).
Faith is defined in Merriam-Webster dictionary as :
- : strong belief or trust in someone or something
- : belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs
- : a system of religious belief
Trust. What makes us trust in someone or something? Is it not Faithfulness? Or consistency?… perhaps it is knowing that you can depend on that person or object…. trustworthiness. Does that mean that if you know God loves you, is all-powerful and places you as a high priority. .. that you are able to trust Him..more? However, I do not believe that the belief is enough. .. rather, that it is God’s consistency in following through … His real, near, tangible love..as seen through action …His actions seen in relationship…be it through personally experienced blessings, miracles, answered prayers. .. even in testimonies of His goodness to others. Tangible love, in action.
A cross reference to the PerspectiVerse is given as Ephesians 3:19: May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Experience His love. The love of Christ. His love is creative…His love is healing …His love completes us. Wow.
The verse that follows the PerspectiVerse says “The reward for trusting Him will be the salvation of your souls.” (Verse 9) (NLT). Some translations do not disconnect verse 8 and 9 into separate sentences.
Thus, we see in John 3:16 that all we need to do is trust Him, in order to receive His love. We are used to reading this one : For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life(NIV). I found 2 Bible translations of this verse that use the word “trust”, rather than the often seen “believe“, and they are the Weymouth New Testament and the Aramaic Bible in Plain English. The Aramaic Bible says : For God loved the world in this way: so much that he would give up his Son, The Only One, so that everyone who trusts in him shall not be lost, but he shall have eternal life.
And it is available to everyone! He isn’t hiding anything from us. .. It is all available to anyone. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (NIV). His transparency with us, as a close friend, promotes trust. Our trust in God’s love allows us to receive grace for eternal life. Incredible! What an amazing equation! What a gift!
Dear heavenly Father, I want more of you! More of your love, and to see and experience You so tangibly in the world around me. I want to share Your love with those around me. ..I want to experience Your love ..want to trust You more. I trust You, thank you for being so faithful, even when I don’t understand what is going on. .. thank you for standing with me. Amen.