Rejoicing In Him
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 18 April 2017
1 Peter 1:8c-9
8c yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
hristians must be committed to rejoice always. It is important that we will be conscious about the biblical injunction to rejoice. We must resist every one of the devil's attempts to make us sad and troubled. The biblical command to us is "Rejoice evermore" (1 Thessalonians 5:16).
Peter says that we are to "rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." If this were not Christians' God-given inheritance, Peter would not have required that they immerse themselves in it. In Christ we have joy unspeakable. It is for ours to drink at pleasure.
Why did Peter call it "unspeakable joy"? I believe it is simply because the joy that is made available to a believer is too great to be told! It is "unspeakable" because it is over and above what a believer can gauge. The heaven's gift of joy is super abundant toward a Christian. A poor man can easily count his money, but the richest persons on earth would have difficulty in counting his possessions, for their exceeding wealth. But a Christian has far more joy available than all the wealth that the richest man has in his life.
The pleasures of this world have no real, lasting glory. But the joy of a Christian comes with "full of glory." Worldly joys are anything but the opposite of "glorious." Worldly pleasures do not last. Where as the joy that Christ gives is eternal. Christians' joy is not of this world, but of the glorious things of Christ. Christians know that their joy does not come from the corrupt and perishable things of this world. They life their souls above the temporal comforts and pleasure and affix themselves on things that the Lord has reserved for them in heaven.
Peter has this to say - "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." Dear reader, the most important requirement for undying joy in your life is in the question, "Have you received the salvation of your soul?" It is not sufficient that you have heard about salvation. Neither is it sufficient that you know about what the Bible says about salvation. You must receive the salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. If you have truly received the salvation of your soul, then think how dearly you're loved by the Saviour. Believe in His love, then you have every reason to rejoice.
I'm gloriously saved forever, and that keeps me happy always.
"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;
and uphold me with thy free spirit" Amen.