Let us continue
our study of I Peter, which we have entitled, ‘The God Of All
Suffering’. In our last study we looked at the great cost of
redemption. We turn our attention this week to Chapter One, verses
22-25 where we find ‘The Proofs Of Our Salvation’.
The text says,
ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit
unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently; Being born again, not of corruptible
seed, but of incorruptible by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of
man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower
thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.
And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
scriptures, as Peter deals with the ‘Proofs Of Salvation’, he
shares three topics, ‘Our Conversion, Our Confirmation,
and Our Consideration’.
In verse 23
Peter deals with some ‘Instructions About Our Conversions’.
Our conversion must involve being born again. The word ‘born’
means to beget, to procreate. The word ‘being’ means to come
into existence or to just happen. The word ‘again’ means
from above. This is a birth that is supernatural and
unexplainable. I have never met anyone who has experienced such a
birth who could do it justice with his or her explanation of how it
happened. Peter tells us in verse 23 about the ‘Instruments Of
Conversion’. We are told about the seed of God’s word. The
word ‘seed’ is that which is sown in a parenting situation.
It is not the seed of man. Peter says it is not a ‘corruptible’
seed. The word has the idea of being perishable, decayed, to spoil,
to ruin, and with depraved influence. This would surely describe
the seed of man. This seed is ‘incorruptible’ which means
undecaying in essence and to continue immortal. Those who are born
again are impregnated with the seed of God’s word by the Holy Ghost.
This is exactly what happened with Mary in the virgin birth.
In dealing with
the ‘Proofs Of Our Salvation’ Peter in verses 22, brings to
light ‘Our Confirmation’. In verse 22a he deals with a ‘Confirmation
Of Purity’. Peter tells us we must obey the truth through the
Spirit. It is a habitual state of obedience to the Word brought
about not by self effort but by the Holy Ghost. Ezekiel tells us in
Chapter 36 that the results of the New Covenant is that God will put
His Spirit in us and cause us to walk aright. This obedience causes
a continual state of purification. The word ‘purified’ means
to sanctify or to make clean. This pure heart is done ‘fervently’.
The word means intently and without ceasing. In verse 22b Peter
speaks of the ‘Conformity Of Proof’. The Spirit within will
cause us to love the brethren with ‘unfeigned love’. This is
a love without hypocrisy or without a mask. In the early church the
brethren had problems with those of different status than
themselves. Peter says being born again will cause a love for those
of a lesser status than ones self.
In the close of
this study of the ‘Proofs Of Salvation’, Peter brings up some
things in verses 24-25 for ‘Our Consideration’. In verse 24
he asks us to consider ‘The Pride Of The Self Life’. Peter
speaks of man’s flesh as the center of man’s glory. He compares
flesh to grass and says that the ‘grass withereth’. The word
means to shrivel, fall over, to be driven out of ones course, to
loose or become inefficient.
consider flesh as grass let us not put any confidence in the arm of
the flesh, surely not in a time of suffering.
consideration we are asked to look at ‘The Power Of The Self
Life’. We are told the word of God that caused our new birth ‘endureth
for ever’. The word ‘endureth’ means to stay, to
continue, to abide in a present state. The word ‘forever’
has the idea of a perpetual course throughout eternal ages.
We who have been born again let us have
more than just the date in the front of our Bible as our assurance.
Let us have a love for the Word and the brethren, which will produce
in us a pure and holy life as our ‘Proof Of Assurance’.