Study 1 Peter 1:3. The apostle praises our Father in heaven for blessings which he has given to every Christian, blessings such as “caus(ing) us to be born again” (cf. v. 23). Jesus spoke of being born again of water and the Spirit as necessary to enter God’s kingdom (John 3:3-5), a clear reference to baptism into Christ (Gal. 3:26-27; Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16). The salvation Peter later correlates with baptism (3:21) is the “living hope” to which the Father has caused us to be born again. This “hope” is “living” because this entire process is “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (cf. 3:21b).
Just as Christ died, was buried, and was raised to a new life, so we died to our old way of life (our sins), were buried with him in baptism, and were raised to a new life where sin no longer reigns over us (Rom. 6:1-14; cf. Col. 3:5-17). This is all done “according to his great mercy.” God’s grace saves us (Tit. 2:11; 3:5; Eph. 2:5, 8-9). While faith and obedience is also necessary (James 2:14-26; Heb. 5:9), we still sin and thus will always need God’s grace (Rom. 3:23). May we always be thankful!
2 thoughts on “A Reminder of the Blessings We Receive From Our Father — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2023)”
Amen. So thankful. I didn’t see what version you were using, so I had to research the phrase, “caused to be born again.” Several of the version use this rendering, very clear.
God bless your good work.