Love by Faith, Not by Sight

1 Peter 1:6–9, Part 2

Principle for Bible Reading

Do you love Jesus? A genuine affection for and devotion to Jesus is an unmistakable miracle made possible only by God’s work. In this lab, John Piper looks at the affect of the new birth on our heart’s response to Christ. He also asks how the promise of God’s glory in the future affects our lives today.

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Introduction/Prayer/Recap (00:00–02:17)

Obstacles to Joy (02:17–03:55)

  1. The obstacle to joy in 1 Peter 1:8 is that Peter’s readers have not seen Jesus, and did not watch him suffer on the cross. (1 Peter 1:8)
  2. Peter actually saw Christ suffer with his own eyes. (1 Peter 5:1)
  3. His readers did not see Jesus, and they have no present sight or vision of him now. (1 Peter 1:8)

A Supernatural Joy (03:55–06:03)

  1. A genuine love for Jesus is a miracle worked by God in the new birth. (1 Peter 1:3, 8)
  2. When God gave us a living hope, one of the things we no hope for is to see Jesus. That is what it means to love him. (1 Peter 1:8)
  3. If you believe in the Lord Jesus, you have been born of God, meaning you’ve experienced a supernatural miracle. (1 John 5:1, 1 Peter 1:8)

A Glorified Joy (06:03–10:05)

  1. What does it mean that the joy in 1 Peter 1:8 is “glorified”?
  2. Our rejoicing happens through hope for the future glory of God. As we focus on the glory to come, that glory has an effect on our joy. (Romans 5:2)
  3. We grow from one degree of glory to another by beholding the Lord, by looking to him in love and with joy. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
  4. The hope of future glory streams back into our joy today. (1 Peter 1:8)
  5. Filled with hope, we are now experiencing our salvation and the glory-filled joy it brings. (1 Peter 1:8–9)

Study Questions

  1. What is the obstacle to joy in Jesus in 1 Peter 1:8–9? Why is it an obstacle?
  2. Why might Peter’s statement of their love and joy in 1 Peter 1:8 be encouraging to his readers?
  3. What might it mean that our joy is “glorified” (1 Peter 1:8)? Try and give an answer yourself, and then look at Romans 5:2 and 2 Corinthians 3:18 for possible help.
Piper: “A genuine love for Jesus is a miracle worked by God.”