8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not even see Him now, you believe and trust in Him and you greatly rejoice and delight with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 receiving as the result [the outcome, the consummation] of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
The thing is . . . Peter had seen Jesus. He had touched him, heard him. He also saw him at the trial and it was there that Peter denied him. He was also seen by Jesus when their eyes met after the rooster crowed three times just as Jesus said it would. Peter must have marveled then how people who had never physically met Jesus, “in the flesh” as they say, could see him with eyes of faith and believe. The result of such faith, whether a faith to believe in the promise of someone you have never met or faith to believe that the same one could forgive you after your betrayal, either way leads to salvation (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on SCF, the Church in Shanghai and the nation of China.