Last week we learned that to be “foreknown” was to be “fore-loved.” This term was used to distinguish those upon whom God the Father has set His love, bringing them into a covenant relationship that makes them “family.” This weekend we see how Peter describes this “blessing” in much more detail.
Those whom God fore-loved He has also caused to be born again into a new family granting us at least three magnificent blessings. As Christ-followers, we now have a living hope, an eternal inheritance, and a salvation that one day will be completed.
Peter’s readers were facing many trials as they lived for Christ in a broken world. Peter’s works were meant to rejuvenate their joy in knowing that their God was not only guarding their eternal inheritance for them, but was also guarding them for their inheritance. And this power of God would be recognized and experienced only as they labored to grow and persevere in their faith. The same is true today!