Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Cause and effect is an important principle in life. Things happen all the time—sometimes crazy things. Some of these things that occur are simple for us to determine the cause. Other things seem so far out there that we struggle to ascertain why in the world (or how in the world) they happened. Still other things completely escape our ability to rationalize their occurrence. This is life—daily life.
Peter writes in the above text about cause and effect. He makes it very clear that it is the “great mercy” of God that has brought to us the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ. It is only because of the great mercy of God that we are able to be “born again” into a new life. It is only because of the great mercy of God that we are able to experience true hope in this life. It is only through the great mercy of God that he resurrected Jesus from the dead in order that we may be saved—sanctified, cleansed, and made righteous.
Many of the effects in our world will continue to go without us being able to understand the cause. Yet, as the people of God, we may rest assured that God is the cause of our redemption, and that is through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. As a result, we have true hope, true joy, and a true future.