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The Salvation of God

I Peter 1:1-25

John Shearhart

September 25, 2011

Tonight we’re going to start a study through the book of First Peter.

The saints of God are elected to an eternal salvation (:1-5)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

One of Peter’s main themes is that God’s children are “strangers.” We don’t belong to this world, and we’re just passing through. We have no citizenship because we are foreigners.

2Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,

Underline “elect” and “foreknowledge.” Elect means someone who is picked out or chosen. In Matthew 24:31 the angels are found gathering the elect from everywhere.

This word for foreknowledge is also an interesting word. In Acts 2:23 Luke writes that Jesus Christ was given over to the wicked men to be crucified “by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” You’ll remember last week that we talked about that verse and showed that God’s counsel isn’t advice but rather a plan.

God planned for Jesus to be crucified, and here Peter says we are elect according to God’s plan (His foreknowledge).

We’re also elect,

through sanctification of the Spirit,

This word sanctification means consecration or purification. We were dead in our trespasses and sins, but the Holy Spirit gave us life and set us apart for God’s use according to His foreknowledge.

We’re sanctified,

unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

What we’re going to find in this book is that we’ve been called out of the world and sanctified so that we now live in obedience. We could not have obeyed before because we were hostile to God. But He proved His love for us when He sprinkled us with the blood of Christ—this is the source of our grace and peace.

Well, naturally this leads to worship:

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again

To be born again is to be born new. That is that we live a new life that’s conformed to the will of God. This Greek word is only used twice in the Bible, and the other time is down in verse 23—“Being born again not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible. This new life is according to God’s abundant mercy,

unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Have you ever heard the name Zoe? It’s actually a Greek word that means “life.” A “lively” hope is one that’s living—how is it living? “By the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!”

Here’s the truth we can’t ignore. If Jesus is still dead then we have no hope at all, but since He’s risen, He is our hope, and our hope is lively!

We’re born again,

4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Now how can anyone read this and ever think that salvation can be lost?

This word for incorruptible is the same word used in Romans 1:23—men “changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image.” Our salvation is as incorruptible and unchangeable as God!

This inheritance is also undefiled. That is, it’s totally free from deformity. We lack nothing in salvation because God Himself has secured it for us. He left no good thing out and allows no bad thing in.

5Who are kept by the power of God

Notice that we’re kept by the power of God and not our own. The only kind of salvation that can be lost is a salvation from man. God’s elect are known by Him (as a Shepherd knows His sheep), and no one can snatch them away from Him (Jn. 10:29). We are kept by power,

through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

This faith is a strong conviction—we believe that Jesus is the Christ and the Lord. We know we love Him because we obey His commands, and so we know we have eternal life in us. But this life is ready to be revealed in the last time:

This salvation is a future glory we receive after a trying season (:6-9)

6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

We greatly rejoice in the hope of our future inheritance, but right now things are tough. This little season is full of all kinds of temptations. These are the hard things that come to us in life to prove the new birth in us,

7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

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