After spending time with 1 Peter 1:3, I thought I’d like to share it with you. With Easter this weekend, it’s appropriate timing to turn our focus to the resurrection and really soak in all that it did.
In thinking about how I’d share my study with you I imagined holding a Rubik’s Cube (showing my age)…to be able to view it from every angle and even twist sections to see the full meaning (color) of it. It’s a whole new twist to Bible Study. (you know I had to throw that pun in there)
So, at the risk of being radical, would you dare to look at this verse like a Rubik’s Cube? Holding it in our hands and really looking at all sides of it? (It could also be looked at as data mining a verse.)
Ok, if you are still with me, let’s do this… (1 Peter 1:3) I will have the verse line in quotes, the Greek meanings will follow, and then we can start flipping it around to dig out the truths…seeing all we can in it and receive out of it all that is available to us.
Reference verses will include:
- 1 Corinthians 13:13 (3 Graces of the Holy Spirit = Faith, Hope, and Love),
- and Revelations 22:1 (water of life)
“by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
- By = place, time, means
- The resurrection = raising up from a seat, a rising of the dead (that of Christ), that of all men at the end of this present age
- Dead = both physically and spiritually dead, destitute of force or power, inactive, inoperative
Flipping it all around and digging:
- Jesus came in a specific place, at a specific time, by specific means/for specific means (birthed as a human) (destined for The Cross) for a specific purpose (salvation for the lost)
- By God’s plan to save mankind, there was a set place, time, and means (Jesus) to step in
- He rose from His seat (His place) in Heaven to come here for the physically and spiritually dead destitute people, and in power died Himself – to empower us, making us active within the Kingdom
- Raising the enemy up and off the seat of power over us…
- He came for both physically dead and spiritually dead – He lived, died, & resurrected in power to raise both, to empower us to raise both
- His Power empowers us – there is a direct comparison from destitute of power to alive with vital power between dead and the word Lively
- His resurrection, back then, was so powerful it flows out and covers even to “the end of this present age”…abundant mercy
- The flowing out includes the Living Water – we’ll see in the word Lively
- A place, a time, and a means – God always has a way/a plan…and always has His timing (it was 400 years of silence before the answer came for Israel)
Did you add to this list? I’d love to hear it.
Another line of verse 3 to follow
(Note: When I said “twist it” that does not mean I will or will ever advocate twisting the Word of God to make it say what we want. Also, picture was found on Google as free to use or share.)