"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time," (I Peter 1:3--5).
* In this doxology of praise to God, Peter touches on at least three (3) important truths: (a) our salvation is a result of God's sovereign grace and power; (b) this eternal inheritance of salvation is reserved in heaven, supremely secure; and (c) not only is our inheritance guarded, but we, too, are protected from within, our glorification made certain.
* The more intense the trouble, the more perplexing the pain, the more precious become the basic truths of our faith. The readers of this letter were experiencing appalling persecution, so Peter reminds them of their most fundamental confidence--- they had been born again. The security of our salvation stands us in good stead when everything else crumbles and falls apart.