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Why Shouldn’t the World Think Us WEIRD? (A Study of I Peter 1:8-9) Part 1

29 Aug

My friend Frank and I are now going through I Peter. This is our read-the-same-chapter-every-day-for-a-week online Bible study which I’ve described here. We’re making great progress going through the epistles of the New Testament. But the following passage from I Peter really got me thinking:

Please forgive my underlining and bolding and changing colors, but these two verses kind of hit me between the eyes. And they help me not to be so surprised when the world looks at me funny and thinks I need medication or a lengthy stay in a mental hospital.

I. We Love What We Do Not See!

Jesus-followers love the One they presently do not see and have never seen. Visibility is over-rated, don’t you think? We so often “live by sight” and not “by faith.” We have many reasons to love the Lord Jesus, but the experience of seeing Him right now with our own eyes isn’t one of them. We have good historical evidence of others who saw Him and their view of themselves and the world was never the same. I think of John who wrote:

John is quite empirical in this text, isn’t he? He speaks of Christ as One “which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at.” He is “the life [which] appeared.” And he says “we have seen it” and it “has appeared to us.” And, once more for good measure, he says, “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard . . .” Though we presently are to walk by faith and to love the One we do not see right now, He WAS SEEN. John could not have given stronger empirical testimony to the reality of the Lord Jesus! And we are to love this One Whom we presently do not see. (to be continued) [you might enjoy my Calvin & Hobbes cartoon on this issue found here].

 
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