… who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood. Grace and peace be yours in abundance. (1Pet. 1:2)
A few days ago I came across this little book and downloaded it to my Kindle. I’ve always been keen on memorising Scripture but, probably like most people, the bits I have committed to memory tend to be isolated verses. The one exception to that was many years ago, at the age of 22, when I spent 4 months in Nigeria on my medical student elective period. During that time I was listening to a series of sermons on Romans and learned Romans 1 off by heart, though sadly I don’t think I could now quote it from memory.
However, Andrew Davis challenges us to learn whole books of Scripture and gives us a practical way of doing that. So I am taking up the challenge and have decided to attempt to learn 1 Peter, verse by verse. A verse a day (with some days off – Davis suggests 6 a week and to give yourself 10% extra time to allow for other days when you don’t manage a verse) gives me the goal of learning the whole book by the end of October.
I’m looking forward to it, and only two verses in, realise one of the benefits that Davis highlights: that you get the chance to look in more depth at each verse. Hence yesterday’s post on 1:1 and today I’m adding 1:2.
I write about this reluctantly, but I realised that if I keep writing bits about verses in 1 Peter you might wonder why I am spending so much time there. I don’t want you to think that I am seeking plaudits for a great act of memory: I might not manage it for one thing, and for another, millions of Muslims learn the whole Koran so why should we get credit for learning the true Word? No, it’s more that I think if I do this semi-publicly I might have more incentive to keep it up. And if a few insights along the way help anyone else reading this, then all the better. And, most importantly: all glory goes to God!
So 1:2 – a trinitarian verse. Our calling is known by the Father in advance; powered by the Spirit and so that we can obey Jesus. Praise God. I am called to be what I know I cannot be (obedient), but the very calling comes through the Spirit’s sanctifying work – so I am changed. And the Father knows all about this in advance. Wow.
Grace to you (and peace of course – abundantly!!)
PS Don’t expect an update every day! Learning it is one thing; blogging is another.