Who Are You?
1 Peter 1:23-25
In Les Misérables, the French novelist Victor Hugo posed the questions, “Alas, who are we ourselves? Who am I and who are you? Whence do we come... ?” And, we might add, “to what do we go?” The questions of identity occupy the thoughts of every human being. They arise in no small part because of the seeming futility and impermanence of much of life.
But the Apostle Peter leads us to the one permanent, unchanging element of life, and shows how it becomes the anchor of our identity. In 1 Peter 1:24-25 he quotes Isaiah, who affirms the transience of man and his glory. Man is like grass and the flowers of the field; here for a season, then gone and forgotten. Grass loses its vitality, turns brown, and withers away. The flowers are resplendent only for a moment and then droop and die. Is that all there is? “Who am I and who are you?”
Not everything is as fleeting as the glory of man. The Word of God is the Rock of Gibraltar of life that is there for every generation to cling to. But even the Gibraltars and Everests of earth will one day crumble before the plan of God. But the Word of our God, Peter says, is forever. And, Peter says in verse 23, it is by the Word of God that man answers the great identity questions. For through the Word of God men and women are born again—changed from a mist blown by the wind to a marvelous creation borne by the wind of the Spirit. Peter says the Word of God is an imperishable seed, not a perishable one like those giving rise to grass and flowers. What the Word of God bears last forever!
So “Who am I and who are you?” If we are those “born again... through the living and enduring word of God” then we are those whose glory will last forever. It is true: grass withers and flowers fade. But those who are born again by the imperishable word of God will themselves never perish but have everlasting life.
God’s Promise to You: “In my truth you will have identity forever.”