Life Lessons from Peter (part 2)

LIFE LESSONS FROM 1ST PETER CHAPTER 1 (PART 2)

(FFWCMS – 05/25/08)

INTRODUCTION – (RECAP 1 PETER 1:1 – 12)  IN OUR STUDY OF 1ST PETER CHAPTER ONE LAST WEEK WE SAW THAT 1st part of our calling and election in Christ is that we were chosen to be heirs of salvation. (We talked about this last week.)  2nd part of our calling and election as heirs with Christ and children of God is to live a holy life.

 

 God did his part, Jesus CAME AND did his part, THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS SENT & DID HIS PART indwelling AND ENABLING us DO OUR PART:  1PET 1:13-25 NIV

1Pe 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

  • “GIRD UP THE LOINS OF YOUR MIND” (KJV)
  • GET MENTALLY PREPARED
  • Focus on the prize; Look at the big picture
  • Get & MAINTAIN AN eternal perspectivE
  • FIX YOUR FAITH AND YOUR HOPE ON THE FINAL OUTCOME
  • MEANWHILE, As a good soldier dO YOUR DUTY
  •  endure the trials of life; TAKE YOUR SHARE OF SUFFERING

There are also Things you CANNOT CONTINUE TO do:

1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

  • Romans 8:29 We are conformed to be in the likeness of God’s Son
  • Romans 12:2 We are not to be conformed to the pattern of this world but transformed by the renewing of our minds

1Pe 1:15, 16 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (Lev 11:44)

  • Lev 11:45: I am the LORD who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.
  • He brought us out of Egypt (life of sin)
  • DEUT 8:2: He led them through the wilderness TO REVEAL WHAT WAS IN  THEIR HEARTS

1Pe 1:17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

  • YOU CANNOT SEPARATE YOUR WORK FROM YOUR LIFE
  • “WE ARE CO-LABORERS TOGETHER WITH GOD (1COR 3:9 – 15)
  • Practical outworking of inward holiness
  • Phi 2:12, 13 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

1Pe 1:18 – 21: For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

  • We were redeemed (saved) from an empty way of life; a life without purpose; a life of spiritual death
  • Our greatest purpose is to know God; to become like his son and enjoy a relationship with him
  • When the death angel passed over Egypt killing the 1st born; Israel was protected by the blood of lamb applied to their door posts

1Pe 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

  • WE OBEY THE TRUTH BECAUSE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH LIVES IN US
  • WE HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST (GAL 2:20 NIV)
  • PARABLE OF SOWER: SEED IS THE WORD; THE GROUND IS CONDITION OF OUR HEARTS TO RECEIVE THE SEED
  • Purity of heart enables purity of love (right relationships, BEGINNING WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.)

1Pe 1:24, 25:  For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

  • CONTRAST OUR TEMPORAL, EARTHLY EXISTENCE WITH GOD’S ETERNAL WORD
  • WORD BECAME FLESH & DEALT AMONG US; WE BEHELD HIS GLORY…
  • THIS WORD WAS PREACHED TO YOU; YOU BELIEVED IT AND RECEIVED IT
  • Jam 1:21 – 23 (NIV): Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror

 

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