Pastor Insight

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER?

1 Peter 1:23-25

since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

Everything in this physical world is limited by time. Nothing here lasts forever. In fact, after it develops it fades and falls away. That is the circle of physical life. That is good to know when you think about trials. This time will one day end. However, so goes the good stuff too. It begs the question, “Is this all there is?”

Peter reminds his readers going through tough times that there is more to live for beyond this world. He reminded his readers again (see 1:3) that they been born again into the family of God through Christ’s death and resurrection. They had been forgiven and destined for an inheritance of eternal life.

God’s word is forever because God is forever. This is precisely the “word” Peter is highlighting in the midst of their temporary trials. This truth we call the gospel, is good news… Good news with a capital “G”… our temporary trials will end but our new birth in Christ produces new life that lasts forever.

Just as Christ overcame this world through his death, so will we… as we hold to and trust in his word.

REFLECTION

How does this good news generate hope in the midst of my difficult circumstances?

PRAYER

Father, thank you for the good news you revealed to me through Christ, that I am born again through his sacrificial and substitutionary death. May I hold on to your word that my difficult times won’t last forever but my new life will and may the good news of rebirth affect the quality of my temporary life here and now as well.

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