Intro: In this chapter we find Peter still feeding the sheep as Jesus commanded him to do in (Joh.21:15-17). And after an introduction in (v.1) began under Devine inspiration to describe in detail our Great Salvation. What prompted him to do so is he saw worldliness in the Pew (2:11) and materialism in the Pulpit (5:1-3).
- We are considering the subject we began a couple of week ago in acts
(Acts.4:12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Remember the context of the statement is found in chapter 3 where the lame man was healed.
- Notice some things about this lame man in chapter 3
1.] Notice His Last chance (v.1) The significance of the hour is it was the last chance that this lame man would have to get some help but this beggar got more than he bargained for. He wanted Money but God gave him a Miracle. How did he get this help
A.) He Recognized his Condition.
B.) He Responded to the Command.
C.) He Received Christ.
2.] Notice he was Lame This affliction came to him not of any external means he was BORN this way.
3.] He was Laying (v.2)
4.] Notice he was Looking (v.4-6)
5.] Notice he was Lifted. (v.7)
6.] Notice he was Leaping (v.8)
- In these passages we see his;
a.). We see the Curse
B.) we see the Cause
c.) we see the Cure.
- Now we will look at (1 Peter 1) and consider some Devine Details concerning this “Singular Salvation!
- Notice the Basis of salvation. (V.1-2)
- The entire Trinity is seen in salvation:
- Consider the Sovereign elected us. (V.2a) “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father…”
- Consider the Spirit sanctified us. (V.2b) “…through sanctification of the Spirit..”
- Consider the Son redeems us. (V.2c) “…unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…”
- Consider the Supply to us. (V.2d) “…Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”
- Notice the Blessings of salvation. (V.3-5)
- The blessings of salvation give us:
- Consider we have A Living Hope. (V.3)
We should note that the word hope is used in the Bible with the distinctive meaning “confident expectation.” Today, of course, hope means merely to “want” something to happen, without having any real assurance that it will happen.
- This “living hope gives us assurance we will rise.
- Consider we have A Lasting Home. (V.4)
- This home is Perfect. “Incorruptible”
- This home is Pure. “undefiled”
- This home is Permanent. “fadeth not away” 4. This home is Promised. “reserved in heaven for you.”
- Consider we have A Lovely help. (V.5)
- Consider the Guard. “Who are kept by the power of God…”
A.} This is a military term for the protection of a city by means of a military garrison. In the picture here, the power of God corresponds to an army base with the sole function of protecting believers. The soldiers of God, His angels, surround us to protect us from the bombardment of various trials and temptations so that we do not become crushed by depression and despair. The soldiers are visible only through the eyes of faith.
- Consider the Guarantee. “…through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time…”
III. Notice the Battles in salvation. (V.6-9)
- Notice the words “Wherein ye greatly rejoice…” which refers to being saved, being “kept by the power of God”, and having a place “reserved in heaven”. Don’t look at the Trails look at the Truth.
- Consider the battle with Preparation. (V.6)
- God is preparing us for a life of service and trials are the tools and textbooks he uses in the school of Christian experience.
A.} Trials are Necessary. “…if need be…”
1.] God knows when we need a trial sometimes to Discipline, sometime to Direct.
B.} Trials are Numerous. “…manifold temptations…”
C.} Trials are Not everlasting. “…for a season…ye are in heaviness…”
- Consider the battle with Realization. (V.7)
- Manny times we ask, Why is God letting this happen to me? (Phil.1:12) But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
a.} We need to realize the Preciousness of trials. “… being much more precious than of gold that perisheth…”
b.} We need to realize the Purpose of trials. “…though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
- Consider the battle with Dedication. (V.8-9)
- Dedication is not letting Satan to get the bad to show. C.H. Spurgeon said “A little faith will get your soul to heaven, But great faith will bring heaven to your soul.”
- Notice the Balance of salvation. (V.10-17)
- (Eph..5:16)says “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. So we as Christians should be redeeming the time.” How can this be done?
- Consider it is done By Waiting in Hope. (V.13)
- We should have Right Thinking. “…gird up the loins of your mind…” “For as a thinketh in his heart so is he.” (Pro.27:7)
- Consider it is done By Walking in Holiness. (V.14-16)
- Notice the Banner of salvation. (V18-21)
- THE BLOOD OF JESUS.
- Notice the Caution. (V.18)
- Notice the Coast. (V.19)
- Notice the Council. (V.20)
- Notice the Confidence. (V.21)
- Notice the Birth of salvation. (22-25)
- We are birth into salvation by the word of God.
- Consider we are Purified by the word. (V.22)
- (Joh.15:3) “Now ye are clean through the word…”
- Consider the Power of the word. (V.23)
- (Rom.1:16) It is the Power of God unto salvation.
- Consider The Promises of the word. (v.24-25)
Pastor Chris Norris
Fair Haven Baptist Church