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The Joy of Knowing Christ

1 Peter 1.8-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Peter had known Jesus Christ personally—talked with Him, walked with Him, questioned Him, professed faith in Him. Yet Peter understood that most of the believers to whom he wrote had not known Jesus in the flesh. He commended their faith because they believed and loved without having seen the object of their faith. The Holy Spirit enables believers to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The word love is in the present tense indicating a regular and continual activity. They were continually loving Christ even though they had never seen Him in the flesh. The word believe means “to trust,” “to put one’s confidence in,” “to depend upon.”
Christian faith does not focus on some abstract idea or some fallible person. It focuses on one person—Jesus Christ—who was sent by God to live in a fallen world and then to die for that world in order to save it. We, like Peter’s audience, do not see Him now but one day our faith will be rewarded when Christ returns to take us home. On that day and for eternity, we shall see him face-to-face (Revelation 22.3-5). Until then, we live by faith with hope and joy.
Verse 9 tells us that we received salvation when we trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior, yet our salvation will not be complete until Jesus Christ returns and makes everything new. In the meantime, we continue growing in the Christian life and experiencing more and more of the blessings of salvation. As we continue to believe and rejoice, we also continue to grow toward maturity in Christ and to our promised salvation. The fruit of this relationship is joy. This is what Jesus promised when He said, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15.11).
Is your joy container full today? If not, look to Jesus and it will begin to overflow!
Pastor Jeff