Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls.
Whom having not seen You Love
Peter is writing to those who have not seen Jesus directly like peter did or those who do not have any one to one experience with Jesus, Yet to Believe in him.
You did not see God Yet you love him and Trust him.
Is it possible to see God?
Mosses on the Mountain with God
9 Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab,and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.
Moses and his friends saw GOD of Israel.
Old Testament Patriarch saw the God of Israel, the God Almighty.
And God spoke to Moses and said to him: I am the Lord. 3 I appearedto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them.Message:
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob have seen God as God almighty.
Jesus said: John 6:46, 1:18
Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Old Testament people have seen God, Jesus said no one has seen the Father God.
Who is right, Jesus or Old Testament saints?
Both are right.
Old Testament saints have seen God, as God almighty, the Second person in triune God.
They have seen Jesus, Pre incarnated Christ, Before the Word Become Flesh. Not Father God.
Jesus in the Old Testament Genesis 14:18
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.
4 Kings fought with 5 kings, and defeated the 5 kings and enslaved their people brought them into their own land, Lot was one of the slave.
Abraham and his people went after these 4 kings and defeated them and delivered the people and Lot.
On the way back to his home, A man appeared to Abraham with Bread and wine. Abraham Gave him Tithe.
His name is Melchizedek
Melek = King, Sedeq = Righteousness.
- Salem meaning- Peace, King of Peace or Prince of Peace
- He brought Bread and Wine. We can seesome one came up with bread and wine in the New testament.
- He is the Priest of God.
Word of God says,
- Abraham gave tithe. It is a way of worshipping God, Worship is not receiving but giving.
King of Righteousness, Prince of Peace, Brought bread and wine, High priest of God
What Paul said about this High Priest?
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness”, and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace”, 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. He is the Son Of God. Pre- incarnated Christ.
The Commander of the Army of the 13 and it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite to him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come”.
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What doesmy Lord say to His servant?”
15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy”. And Joshua did so.
Joshua worshipped the Lord.
He removed his Sandal, the place where Joshua were standing became holy because of the presence of God.
1 PETER 1:8-9
Love and Trust
You love God and Trust him , even though you are not seeing him.
Love and trust is the essence of any relationship, towards man or God.
You became the member of God’s family, God became your Father, so you must love and trust him by knowing his love, mercy and compassion towards your life.
- Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any gravenimage.
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor thy father and thy mother.
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness.
- Thou shalt not covet.
First 4 are towards God, Vertical relationship
Second 6 are towards Man, Horizontalrelationship
That is the essence of cross, vertical relationship towards God, the foundation Log, Horizontal relationship towards Man, The horizontal Log.
Why Love and trust is so important.
Vertical relationship is so important for the Horizontal relationship.
How much you love and trust the Lord is directly related to how much you can love and trust your neighbors.
This 10 commandments Jesus summed up into one commandment
Luke 10:27 Worship
Your up reach will determine your outreach.
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.
How far you could set your mind on heavenly things, which is your spiritual Hope, that faryour will have faith. Your faith depends upon your hope, because Hope and faith are interconnected, you cannot separated it likes Love and Trust. How people will know that you have great faith, onlyby seeing your love (character) towards others.
Faith is the root and Love is the fruits of your root. Love is so important.
- Love and trust is the essence of relationship.
You rejoice with great Joy in your persecution
“Joy” is the outcome of your Relationship with God. Joy will destroy the emptiness. Happiness depends upon what is happening around you, but joy depends upon your relationship with God.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;
Because of him (Son of God)
God created Adam and he created emptiness in his soul, for the spirit of God can dwell in him. When He failed spiritually, he died spiritually, spirit of God departed from him, But through Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God fills up that gap in our soul. Because God loves us, God want to bring us back to him. If the gap in your soul is not filled with the spirit of GOD, you will feel emptiness. Some worship many gods because they could not find peace from any of their gods. Jesus only can give peace in our soul because he is the creator.
So we ar eable to rejoice in our suffering, even though we groan in our pain same time we can have peace in our soul.
Relationship with God only can fill that gap, and give us Joy in our Life.
Though now you do not see him
Meaning is one day you are going to see him, That is
Receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your soul. Little difficult to understand: because we are missing one word which is in verse 8 that is “full of Glory”
I can read like this, you will receive full of Glory when you see the Lord. Once this life is over, that time you will see the Lord and you will be filled with glory like our Lord.
1 John 3:2
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
We are going to see him.
You love and trust God yet not seeing God, Love and Trust is the essence of Relationship, Because of relationship with God; you have Joy in your soul among this persecution. That Joy is beyond what we can express.
One day we are going to see Our Lord, that day we will be filled with Joy and will have full of Glory.
You will be like him, full of Glory.