No More Boasting

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again … (1 Peter 1).

The words “born again” are but one word in the Greek, a word found only twice in our bibles: here, and again in verse 23.  Thus, it is only Peter who uses this word in the Scriptures.  The word is actually a metaphor for “changing one’s mind,” which is exactly what happens at conversion.  Our minds are changed from disbelief to faith, from rebellion to surrender, from disobedience to obedience.  This change is known as repentance.

But our minds are not changed on their own; our repentance does not come on its own — it is “according to His great mercy” and work in us.  Paul said as much in Romans 2:4 — “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?”  Peter had finally learned to stop boasting.  Whereas he once arrogantly claimed: “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away” (Matthew 26:33), now he understands that true faith comes only through God’s mercy towards us.

Lord, we can never thank You enough for Your great mercies towards us!  Continue to work Your mercies in us This Day, changing and renewing our minds into conformity with Your ways.  Amen.