Summary: We are t.o do our part for God in order to be successful in life.
We continue our study of God’s Word through the Apostle Peter. The Lord Jesus Christ called and taught Peter to strengthen the faith of Christians especially during times of trials. Peter not only affirms the blessings to Christians but provides instructions for living with God while patiently waiting for the appearance of Jesus Christ. The letters of Peter are so pertinent for us today! As Christians, we live in trying times, but Jesus will appear to us soon!
So far, we’ve learned from 1 Peter that God can call ordinary people like Peter, and like you and me, to do extraordinary things for God! Last week we noted Encouragement #1 for Christians: all the eternal blessings from God through Jesus Christ who died on a cross, was buried, but rose from the dead to save us from our sins!
Open your bibles and let us continue to learn from God through 1 Peter 1…..
Let us pray together our commitment to God’s Word…..
Read along with me 1 Peter 1:10-16….
Peter continues to talk about salvation; because every person has sinned against God, every person is destined for eternal judgment unless saved through faith in Jesus Christ! What do we read about this salvation in v10-12?
v10: prophets spoke about this salvation
Prophets of course were called by God prior to the birth of Christ on earth. We read about them in what we call the Old Testament.
Encouragement #2: God gave us prophets, who wrote the Old Testament, laid the foundation for the reality of God’s greatest gift of salvation through Jesus Christ!
What did these prophets do to be successful?
v10: Searched intently and with greatest care about God
v11: Believed in what God said and proclaimed it!
How can we say this? You see, those prophets knew they were talking about the King Messiah but they believed that He would first suffer. Many Israelites of old did not, and many today still do not, believe in a suffering Messiah. But God’s prophets who truly believed, spoke and wrote down the seemingly contradicting truth about a King who would suffer. You see, back in Old Testament times, if you claimed to speak for God and found wrong, you were killed. The prophets of old who spoke about a suffering Messiah risked their lives for us!
v12: they served others rather than themselves
How special were these prophets to God? – look again at the end of v12….
How interesting why God would insert this statement in this passage.
Angels are powerful beings but they marvel at what God does through and for sinful people!
There are angels around us right now and they are watching us with wondrous curiosity! How is our worship of God, in the sight of angels, on Sunday mornings?
Encouragement #3: God sees us more special than angels!
In v13 we see the word “therefore”; and what do we ask when we see the word therefore in the Bible??
When we see the word therefore in the Bible, we need to ask “What is therefore there for?” The word therefore in the bible is a hinge word; before the word there are truths and after the word there are responses.