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Summary: Peter that because of the resurrection we have a "living hope" and that is our inheritance. He identifies (1) Reasons for the inheritance, (2) Reality of the inheritance, (3) Recipients of the Inheritance (4) The Receipt of the Inheritance .

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Title: “Your Great Inheritance”

Big Idea: Through Christ, believers are heirs to a great eternal inheritance.

Text: 1 Peter 1:3-5

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

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Introduction : Peter states a greeting from God the Father and Our Lord Jesus Christ this greeting identifies to us as Christians that his (Peter's) message is from God the Father and Our Lord Jesus and not just a letter from himself. This message is about a message of "Hope" to the church that is under persecution and has been scattered. Peter's message is a message of hope to all who face difficult times as a result of the dispersion (v.1) . and to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His (Peter's) use of the word "begotten" ("anagennasas" ) refers our regeneration, our new birth as a result of the resurrection of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is "the First-begotten of the dead" (Rev 1:5); we are "buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead" (Col 2:12). The Church, "which is his body" (Eph 1:23), died with him in his death, rose with him in his resurrection. Christians individually are baptized into his death, "that like as Christ was raised up from the dead. Regeneration without the resurrection would only produce dead works. It is only through the blood of Christ's which was shed that regeneration is possible.

Heb 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? NKJV

Peter that because of the resurrection we have a "living hope" and that is our inheritance. He identifies (1) Reasons for the inheritance, (2) Reality of the inheritance, (3) Recipients of the Inheritance (4) The Receipt of the Inheritance

I. The Reasons for the Inheritance (v.3)

1 Pet 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (v. 3)

a. In Eph 2:12 the Apostle Paul reminds the church at Corinth that without Christ there is no hope. Ephesians 2:12 "....having no hope and without God in the world. and if it were not for the sacrifice of Christ on the cross we would not have received the " unmerited favor of God (mercy).

Rom 11:30-31 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, NKJV

Jude 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. NKJV


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