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Before the foundation of the world

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:20-21 CSB

Peter, from the text, describes how Christ, the Lamb of God, has been “foreknown before the foundation of the world.” His death on the cross was not an emergency plan-B panicked decision, nor was it an accident. Jesus Christ paying the ransom to redeem His people was planned even before the world was formed. Then, it was put into action on earth, “revealed in these last times.” Peter wanted to remind the believers of the same preexistence of Christ that John shared in John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.” Peter goes through with this truth about the Lord Jesus Christ to remind the believers who are going through tremendous trials and persecutions that all were revealed for their benefit. Peter wants the believers to understand that the death of Christ is for us. God prepared His gift of salvation before the creation of the universe. The plan was completed two thousand years later “through Him,” through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. Yet, it does not take effect until we believe: “through Him you believe in God.” It is by believing in Christ. We place our faith in Him. Peter tells us that God “raised Jesus from the dead and gave Him glory,” which is echoed by Paul in Romans 10:9, saying, “‘If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’” Hebrews 2:9 says, “But we do see Jesus—made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace he might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death.” Peter’s letter is one of encouragement, written to scattered believers under harsh persecution. He is telling them to be strong and persevere. God allowed His Son to suffer, so it shouldn’t be a surprise if you suffer as well. Yet God also raised up His Son and gave Him glory, so He too will raise you up in glory as well. So, have “faith and hope” in God for He will fulfill what He has already set out. You can trust His plan.


Isaac De Guzman


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