“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (1 Peter 1:22–25, AV)
For about ten years, my wife, children, and I lived in the Midwest United States, in a western suburb of Chicago. The winters were brutal, as you would expect, but the summers were beautiful. I would drive by a stretch of open grassland on the way to work every day and at certain times of the year the field would sprout with an array of wildflowers. They were very beautiful. Yet, at the end of the season, things changed. The grass would wither and the wildflowers would die. So, it is with all natural things. The glory seems to fade away in due season.
In this section, Peter wrote of a vital truth. He wrote that something glorious happens in the life of a believer that will never die. He quotes from Isaiah 40:6, 8 to make his point. A person who trusts in the truth of the gospel experiences the purification of the heart that will result in a genuine outpouring of love for others. It is produced when a person is born again by the Spirit of God (v22-23). It is that inner transformation of the Spirit that places a capacity to love with Christlike love, because His love indwells the believer by the Spirit. This is a beautiful thing, like that of the beauty of the flowers of the field, bringing glory to God.
Yet, unlike the flowers of the field, which are here today and gone tomorrow, the one who is born again, is born of seed that is imperishable. The seed that was sown into every believer that germinated into this glorious transformation was the word of God. Peter makes a note of the fact that this seed, the word of God, is living and will endure forever.
The believer then is born again to eternal life. He will never be like the flower that dies. Jesus stated it this way, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25, AV). The believer will never experience spiritual death. When born again, the believer became spiritually alive and this will never change.
Moreover, unlike the grass that withers and the flower that dies and loses its splendor, the believer will be an eternal display of God’s glory. This is because God has saved the believer and put away the withering power of sin that caused death to all humanity. The believer’s life glorifies God from the moment of salvation throughout all eternity. The believer gloriously flowers forever.