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Summary: Peter emphasizes salvation is spiritual birth. No earthly inheritance can compare with it. And, then he comes to the central truth of our justification. Not only do we have an inheritance that is reserved in heaven, we ourselves are put under special guard.

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Rising, He Justified Freely Forever 1 Peter 1:1-5

Sermon by Don Emmitte, Grace Restoration Ministries

Today we come to the fourth in our series titled Oh, Glorious Day! Each of these messages is built around the theology expressed in the chorus of the song sung by Casting Crowns:

Living He loved me,

Dying He saved me,

And buried He carried my sins far away,

Rising He justified freely forever,

One day He's coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day!

Last week we looked at “Buried, He Carried My Sins Far Away.” Today we see “Rising, He Justified Freely Forever.”

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Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:1-5 ESV).

Today is one of my favorite topics. Anytime I can preach about the wonderful benefit of the resurrection in the life of the believer, I can get VERY excited! The Apostle Peter must have been like that. As he write his first letter to the Jewish Christians who had been driven out of Judea to Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia (the area now known as Turkey). It is generally thought to be a hymn of doxology. It centers on the wonderful work of grace accomplished for the redeemed.

There are several things Peter says as he breaks into this hymn of praise at the outset of his epistle. He emphasizes salvation is a spiritual birth. It is being re-born. Further he writes that the result of this new birth is a wonderful heritage. No earthly inheritance can compare with it. And, then he comes to the central truth of our justification. THOSE WHO RECEIVE THIS SALVATION, WHO ARE BORN AGAIN TO A LIVING HOPE, ARE ALSO KEPT. Not only do we have an inheritance that is reserved in heaven, we ourselves are put under special guard.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: The word translated “kept” is the Greek word tēreō. This word is used only six times in the New Testament, four of those appearing in the letters of Peter. It is a military word meaning to put a garrison of soldiers around someone or something for the purpose of protection. It is a present tense verb which means we are constantly “kept.” Further, Peter modifies this verb with three prepositions. We are kept by the power of God; through faith; and unto salvation. Those three declarations form the basis for our understanding of justification. All of these were accomplished by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead!


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