“[To you], who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”
1 Peter 1:2 (NIV)
If you’ve ever been to the doctor for an illness, or consulted with a surgeon regarding a procedure – you may have learned to lean on the doctor’s “prognosis.” That is to say, you may have found yourself thinking often about the doctor’s prediction regarding the success of your treatment. It takes time to set up appointments, to have blood tests run, to wait in waiting rooms, or undergo surgery. It takes time to undergo long a long regimen of pills, physical therapy or bed rest. Even though the wait is long, it is much easier to endure if the doctor has given me a good “prognosis.” It’s easier to wait if the doctor predicts I’ll make a full recovery.
This word stuck out to me as I was reading 1 Peter. The very beginning of the book in 1 Peter 1:2 says in Greek that we have been chosen according to God’s prognosin. That’s the same word! Prognosin is the knowledge that we have before something has even occurred. Many English translations use the word “foreknowledge” to describe the Greek term. But I have to admit there is something special to think that God has a prognosis for us.
The book of 1 Peter was written to Christians in Asia who were suffering because of their faith. There are many times in our lives when we might feel suffering, loss, difficulty or pain. Wouldn’t it be nice if the pain or hardship just “went away?” But like those Asian Christians of 2,000 years ago, we also find there are seasons of struggle in our lives.
Take confidence in the good news that God has given you a good prognosis. You will recover! You will be healed! You will be healthy! You have been chosen as God’s precious child according to his divine prognosis so that you might follow Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.