1 Peter 1:8-9 (ESV)
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9 (MSG)
8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation
Outcomes happen. Whether they are the outcomes you want or expect is dependant, but not that there will be an outcome. I really like the opportunity to in someway determine the outcome. Some people freak out and just go with the flow. Some people don’t understand that outcomes happen even when they know they do and can’t defend that they don’t. Some people seek faulty outcomes. Some people just don’t care.
How we all look at the outcome is fascinating really.
John 1 (ESV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The true light shines and darkness has not overcome it, the true light of men. That too is fascinating. There’s so much darkness. In an article about a fire which killed many people there was a brief interview. The “man” said the flames forced him to leave behind a friend who broke his ankle. “It was too hot, too much smoke, I had to get out of there. I literally felt my skin peeling and my lungs being suffocated by smoke.” The man suffered minor burns, but hoped his friend was alright. From the “man’s” viewpoint, his skin was peeling and he had to get out, so he left his friend to die. He suffered minor burns, probably like a really bad sunburn. Friends like that will kill you. That’s darkness. That’s a bad outcome for everyone involved.
I’ll take the Word, full of grace and truth, full of honor and integrity, full of accountability, full of incredible outcomes. I’ll take the Word and obtain an outcome I can live with forever.