Monday, January 25, 2016

I Peter 1:8-9

A friend has asked me about this passage of Scripture.  I will give context from the Scriptures versions.  Also I like the translation of Kenneth Wuest.  Mr. Wuest was the Greek professor for Moody Bible Institute.
1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master יהושע Messiah, who according to His great compassion has caused us to be born again to a living expectation through the resurrection of יהושע Messiah from the dead,
1Pe 1:4  to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in the heavens for you,
1Pe 1:5  who are protected by the power of Elohim through belief, for a deliverance ready to be revealed in the last time,
1Pe 1:6  in which you exult, even though for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by manifold trials,
1Pe 1:7  in order that the proving of your belief – much more precious than gold that perishes, and proven by fire – might be found to result in praise and respect and esteem at the revelation of יהושע Messiah,
1Pe 1:8  whom having not seen, you love; in whom you exult with unspeakable and esteemed joy, yet not seeing, but believing, 
1Pe 1:9  obtaining the goal of your belief: a deliverance of lives. 
1Pe 1:10  Concerning this deliverance the prophets have sought out and searched out, prophesying concerning the favour for you,
1Pe 1:11  searching to know what, or what sort of time, the Spirit which was in them was pointing out concerning Messiah, when it was bearing witness beforehand the sufferings of Messiah, and the esteems that would follow,
1Pe 1:12  to whom it was revealed that they were serving, not themselves, but you, in these matters which now have been announced to you through those who brought the Good News to you by the Set-apart Spirit sent from heaven – into which messengers long to look into.

KJV
1Pe 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Word of Yahweh translation
1Pe 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of praise:
1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Scripture from ancient Eastern text
1Pe 1:8  Whom you have not seen, but whom you yet love, and in whose faith you rejoice with exceeding joy that cannot be described;
1Pe 1:9  And you will receive the reward for your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Greek interlinear
1Pe 1:8  ονG3739 WHOM   ουκG3756 NOT   ειδοτεςG1492 [G5761] HAVING SEEN   αγαπατεG25 [G5719] YE LOVE :   ειςG1519 ON   ονG3739 WHOM   αρτιG737 NOW   μηG3361 "THOUGH" NOT   ορωντεςG3708 [G5723] LOOKING,   πιστευοντεςG4100 [G5723] δεG1161 BUT BELIEVING,   αγαλλιασθεG21 [G5736] YE EXULT   χαραG5479 WITH JOY   ανεκλαλητωG412 UNSPEAKABLE   καιG2532 AND   δεδοξασμενηG1392 [G5772] GLORIFIED,  
1Pe 1:9  κομιζομενοιG2865 [G5734] RECEIVING   τοG3588 THE   τελοςG5056 END   τηςG3588 πιστεωςG4102 υμωνG5216 OF YOUR FAITH,   σωτηριανG4991 "THE" SALVATION   ψυχωνG5590 OF "YOUR" SOULS;  

Wuest:
In order that the approval of your faith which faith was examined by testing for the purpose of being approved, that approval being much more precious than the approval of gold which perishes even though that gold be approved by fire testing may be discovered after scrutiny to result in praise and glory and honor at the time of the revelation of Yahshua Messiah.
whom having not seen you love because of His preciousness, in whom now not seeing yet believing you are to be rejoicing with an enexpressible and glorified joy upon the occasion of your receiving the promised consummation of your faith which is the (final) salvation of your souls.

I believe what we are seeing here is the fact that salvation is not complete until Messiah has been revealed at the second coming.  Salvation cannot be a once for all thing if it is something that is a process.  We see here and other places in Scripture that our salvation is not dependent upon a one time prayer of repentance.  It is dependent upon how we run the race that has been set before us.  In I John we are told several times that our love for the Father is demonstrated by our keeping His commands.
KJV
  1Jn 2:3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 
1Jn 2:4  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 
1Jn 2:5  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 
It is interesting to note John says it is not a new command but the old.  Nothing was done away with.  Nothing was added.  
1Jn 2:7  Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 
John uses very plain language if we have eyes to see and ears to hear

1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 
1Jn 5:2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 
1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 
1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 
1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 

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