I’m sure there are several reasons for blessing the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ in 1st Peter, but I only want to look at five. These five reasons for blessing God lie at the heart of the Christian faith. Before we delve into these five reasons, I want to show you how you yourself can bless God.
God is perfect in every way. He has absolutely no faults. He defines righteousness, and all His doings are just. He has compassion for sinners, and He is full of tender mercy. Truly the Father is bless’ed. There is none greater.
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When God looks at His Children, He sees a people standing out from the world. We are Children of the light, whom the Lord loves to delight. He finds a great deal of pleasure in His people. Therefore, we should find pleasure in Him in return.
There is also a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment in the Lord. Many Christians fall short of enjoying the person of God. They never really connect with Him, and as a result they fail to enjoy His presence and personality. If this is the case for you, then you will not find full satisfaction in Him. Therefore, you will have trouble being content, and most likely will look somewhere else for the fulfillment He desires to provide you.
Christians, who live by faith, should increase their faith on a daily basis. We look for areas in our lives every day to confide in the Lord. When we learn to trust Him, we learn to bless Him. In learning to bless God, we also learn to please Him.
There is an opportunity for every Christian to please the Lord by unfeigned faith. When our faith is sincere, we should attempt to please God in every area of our life. Pleasing God makes us a blessing to Him. I challenge you reader to examine your life, and see if there is anything in your life preventing you from giving the blessing to God He deserves.
1 Peter 1:3-5: 3 Bless’ed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
There are at least five reasons for blessing God in this passage of 1st Peter. Each reason serves a purpose: The first should remind you of the time God fathered you. The second should give you hope of the resurrection. The third brings the peace of God from forgiveness. The fourth should motivate you to do more for God. The fifth should cause you to look daily to God’s power for your life.
#1 Bless God for the New Birth
The first of the five reasons for blessing God we see in this Scripture concerns the new birth. When someone hears truth from God concerning His Son, and he trusts that truth and believes in the Son, God miraculously fathers that person by His Spirit. This is what is meant in the Scriptures when the term begotten is used. It refers to a father generating a child.
When a person experiences a new birth from God, he enters into a new relationship with God. Before God begets someone, the individual is outside of His family. A new birth must take place where the Father begets a child in order to legitimately bring that child into God’s family. When He does this, the child becomes His child. This is what we refer to as being born again.
The new birth happens at salvation. Generally speaking, we hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, and we believe in Him to save us, and God begets us! This is the first of the five reasons for blessing God.
#2 Bless God for Jesus’ Resurrection
The second of the five reasons for blessing God we see in this Scripture concerns Jesus’ resurrection. There is no hope of salvation apart from the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important part of Christianity. All of Christendom hangs upon Jesus’ Resurrection.
There are three aspects to the importance of the resurrection I want to bring to your attention. Each of these should supply fuel for hope. God wants us to have a lively hope. This is a vibrant hope that exists to glorify God and escort us through life into eternity. It is a living hope!
The first aspect to the importance of Jesus’ resurrection is without it we could not experience life after death. The Bible says, “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen.” Therefore, if Jesus could not come back to life after death, then neither could we!
The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives meaning to Christianity. For, as the Scripture says, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” This means you couldn’t be a born again child of God without the resurrection! All of God’s children are washed by the blood of Christ.
The Bible also mentions God drawing us to His own self through the resurrection. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” This means you could not come to Christ for salvation without His resurrection!
We can bless God for Jesus’s resurrection, because in it we have hope of life.
#3 Bless God for Jesus’ Death
The third of the five reasons for blessing God we see in this Scripture concerns the death of God’s Son. The death of Jesus is also a cardinal doctrine of the Christian faith.
The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death.” Jesus died our death two thousand years ago on the cross. It’s because of His death that His blood was shed to remit our sin.
The death of Christ causes us to enjoy the forgiveness God provided through the sacrifice of His beloved Son. There is redemption from sin in the blood of Christ, and without it, we could not enter into fellowship with God.
Allowing the reality of Jesus’ death and its benefits is enough to move us to bless God.
#4 Bless God for Our Inheritance
The fourth of the five reasons for blessing God we see in this Scripture concerns our inheritance. The Bible speaks of an inheritance that God has for His Saints. This inheritance is promised to those who believe in Jesus Christ. It’s an eternal dwelling in the afterlife.
If you take a few minutes to think about the place Jesus is preparing for you in Heaven, you will begin to bless God for His promises and goodness. This inheritance is incorruptible, undefiled, and eternally wonderful in the heavens.
#5 Bless God for Saving Grace
The fifth of the five reasons for blessing God we see in this Scripture concerns God’s saving grace. God has saving grace for unbelievers; we all subscribe to this fact. But we must not forget about the saving grace He has for those who are called Christian.
Christians are not only a people saved by grace through faith, but we are also a people kept by grace through faith. We are saved by grace, and we live by grace. In addition, we receive Christ in faith, and we walk by faith. Grace and faith together equals power.
God does something special in the lives of everyone who involves Him in faith; He saves us and keeps us in that state. A Christian might but shouldn’t forfeit the joy of salvation and the spirit of it.
We all face different circumstances of life every day. Sometimes our day is filled with several challenges, while others are easy and smooth. When we learn to trust Him at all times for all things, we begin to experience God’s saving grace in new levels. We learn to get through whatever obstacles we face with God’s help.
There is power for the Christian who fixes His attention on the Lord. The Lord will enable us to overcome struggles while maintaining His joy. There is not a time to ever lose the composure of the Spirit, but when we stop trusting we will.
We can also bless God for the enjoyment offered in Christ. Jesus Christ not only overcame temptations and other adversity, but He also experienced peace and power in His Father during the favorable moments of life.
When the Apostle Peter started his letter, he blessed the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He saw God in a different light, so much so that he put Him on a pedestal of praise.
How do you view God?
Above are five reasons for blessing God. When we know Him through salvation, and when we get to know Him as our God and Savior, we may start blessing His name. We bless Him for the new birth, Jesus’ death and resurrection, our promised inheritance, and His life-changing grace. I urge you to start blessing God with your mouth and with your life, if you aren’t already.