Brotherly Love

by
Isaac Serrano
Feb 24, 2019
1 Peter 1:22–2:3
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“Abandon hope all ye who enter here.” This famous quote comes from a 14th century poem by Dante Alighieri called Inferno. He wasn’t speaking of this world, but he could have. Where is hope found? Peter reminds the “elect exiles” that their hope should be set fully on Jesus. Our plans may fail, our retirement vanish, our loved ones leave, our homes come to ruin, our bodies weaken and waste, and nothing in this world can guarantee immunity or preservation from any of it. We need help and assurance that “all is well” when life is at its hardest. But our eyes are lifted because our lives have been given new birth into a living hope. God’s “word” is the source of this hope. Because His gospel promises never fail. It is the believers’ food, growing and changing us. Peter not only wants us to long for it, but to be motivated by it in every circumstance.

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Isaac Serrano is Lead Teaching Pastor of South Valley Community Church. He likes talking theology, history, and culture. Isaac lives in Gilroy with his family. On his days off, he likes to go fishing and venture outdoors. Isaac serves on the leadership board for the Regeneration Project and the school board of Pacific Point Christian Schools.

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