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Summary: What does the Bible teach about faith? What makes the Blood so special? The Church is built upon this Rock, and the Scriptures furnish us with many promises.

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PETER’S USE OF THE WORD “PRECIOUS”

The word "precious" conveys: something of great value; something greatly loved or treasured by someone.

PRECIOUS FAITH

1 Peter 1:7; 2 Peter 1:1

The Apostle Peter speaks of “precious faith” (1 Peter 1:7; 2 Peter 1:1).

What does the Bible teach about faith?

According to Hebrews 11:1 - ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’

Faith is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Faith justifies us, and brings us peace (Romans 5:1).

‘Great faith’ focuses on Christ (Matthew 8:10).

‘Little faith’ takes its eyes off Jesus (Matthew 14:31).

‘Mustard seed’ faith moves mountains (Matthew 17:20).

Yet all along our ‘I believe’ is mixed with ‘unbelief’ (Mark 9:24).

Faith is precious!

THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST

1 Peter 1:19

1 Peter 1:19 speaks of “the precious blood of Christ.”

What makes this blood so special?

Christ's blood ‘cleanseth us’ (1 John 1:7).

By the blood of Jesus the ‘afar off are brought nigh’ (Ephesians 2:13).

The blood of Christ ‘purges our consciences’ (Hebrews 9:14.)

And the ‘cup of blessing which we bless’ is our ‘communion in the blood of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 10:16.)

A PRECIOUS LIVING STONE

1 Peter 2:4; 1 Peter 2:7

Jesus is a ‘precious living stone’ (1 Peter 2:4; 1 Peter 2:7).

The church is built on ‘this’ rock (Matthew 16:18).

Yet it is ‘the stone which the builders rejected’ (Psalm 118:22; Matthew 21:42).

PRECIOUS PROMISES

2 Peter 1:4

2 Peter 1:4 also speaks of ‘precious promises’ - of which there are many in the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments.


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