Summary: The dynamic of salvation and the reality of suffering in the believer’s life
Date Written: June 01, 2007
Date Preached: June 03, 2007
Where Preached: OZHBC (PM)
Sermon Series: A Study in 1 Peter
Sermon Title: Salvation and Suffering
Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9
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,
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.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
8 whom having not seen[a] you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
First Peter is a letter written to many different people who were suffering some form of persecution. They were facing dark and difficult days in fact, trials and temptations were the daily diet of their lives. So Peter wrote to encourage these scattered and confused Christians with the assurance of their salvation and suffering.
Have you ever thought long and hard about suffering? I want to take this time to talk about suffering for Christ. It’s something that a pastor thinks about and deals with on a daily basis, but rarely ever talks about. And whether you want to admit it or not it is something we all deal with, but for whatever reason, we may not talk about it either.
Now many of us will complain and murmur about our sufferings that we have to endure, but although complain, we never stop to really talk about it and look at the root causes and reasons we may be experiencing the particular difficulty at the present time.
For us to intentionally talk about our suffering tonight I want to share with you what I want to call “The Assurance of Our Salvation and Suffering.” So let’s begin by talking about:
I. The Assurance of Salvation verses 3-6
The first thing we need to be able to do in our suffering is to honor and praise God in our suffering because it’s in His mercy that He’s given us the privilege of being saved, of being born again.
God initially has held back the punishment of death we rightly deserve and He has provided us new life for our suffering souls! So with that in mind, whatever you may be going through as a child of God… you must remember that you have the assurance of salvation and nothing can change that! This is because of His power and His promise! Read v. 5 with me again…
In the assurance of salvation, God has given us new birth into:
A. A Living Hope verse 3b
In spite of the frequent suffering and persecution Peter refers to in his letter he assures us that we have been born again into a hope that is alive, sure, certain, and firm.