Thursday October 6, 2022

Thursday – October 6th – 1 Peter 3:19-20     -----      
3:19) in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison,
20) who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:

     Good Thursday to you! Our inspirational thought today is truly inspirational to me and falls in line with yesterday’s scripture reading from 1 Peter. God’s grace extended to us unworthy and rebellious sinners is really too much for our limited human logic to fully comprehend – either in the cost on God’s part or the magnitude of the separation we humans create through our sinful actions. The more we seek for God to reveal this mystery of the faith and the more we grow to understand the depths of God’s unconditional love for each of us, the less we will desire to make choices that go against God’s word, God’s way, or God’s will. Friends, this is a lifelong process of growing. When we are tempted to believe we have reached the pinnacle of understanding, God will humble us so that we realize we have a long way yet to go. I am reminded of the 1976 hit song by the rock group Kansas that sums up our lifelong spiritual growth journey - … Carry on, my wayward son. There'll be peace when you are done.
    Our pick verse today introduces one of the top five debated scriptures in all of the Bible. Peter’s statement that during his time in the tomb, Jesus went to the spirits in prison and proclaimed a specific message to them is far from clear. Biblical scholars have attempted to explain its meaning in many different ways. The traditional interpretation is that Jesus, between His death and resurrection, announced salvation to God’s faithful followers who had been waiting for their salvation during the whole Old Testament era. Matthew records that when Jesus died “tombs opened” and many bodies of godly men and women were raised from the dead as a sign of God’s complete and ultimate power. The bottom line, regardless of humanities best efforts to interpret, this passage shows that the Good News of salvation and victory is not limited by our human logic. We just need to be praying for the lost and sharing from our heart. God will do the rest.

   Pastor Jim
Friday – October 7th – 1 Peter 3:21-22

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