Summary: 2 of 6. Peter recalled some basic justifications for the church's glorifying God. Blood-bought believers are justified in their glorifying/pointing to God. But why?...WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD? God is Great because He offers...
WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD?-II—1Peter 1:3-12(:3-9; 10-12)
We can sometimes miss the power of God preferring rather to enjoy the social aspects of ‘our church.’ And when confronted with our fears in such situations, we come to a standstill, not realizing ‘What’s So Great About God!’
Peter recalled basic justifications for glorifying God.
Blood-bought believers are justified in their glorifying/pointing to God.
Why are believers justified in glorifying/blessing/pointing to God?
Why is God considered Worthy?
10 justifiers/justifications for blessing God.
WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD?
Previously, we found that,
God is Great because He offers...
2. His MEANS OF SALVATION(:3a)
3—God is Great because He offers...
:3—“Blessed be the God & 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,”
?What does “Mercy” signify?—Help for those in misery.
NOT giving the sinner what his endeavor in sin deserves.
God’s mercy is a “abundant/great” mercy. i.e., it is employed to alleviate & override every misery resulting from sin. Therefore sin itself must be dealt with mercifully(removal of the dangers posed—misery), as well as graciously(removal of its results—guilt). This is both a statement of the quality & quantity of man’s need & God’s love/willingness/forgiveness.
Both “mercy” & grace are extensions of God’s perfect love.
Grace is lavished upon men because they are guilty.
Mercy is lavished upon men because they are miserable.
—Trench per ISBE/MNTC—
“Abundant/Great”—poluv—Adj.—1) Many, much, large. Strong—singular--Much(in any respect) or plural--Many; neuter(singular) as adverbial,--Largely; neuter(plural) as adverb or noun--Often, mostly, largely.
“Mercy”—eleov—1) Mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable & the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them—1a) of men towards men: To exercise the virtue of mercy, show one's self merciful, 1b) of God towards men: In general providence; the mercy & clemency of God in providing & offering to men salvation by Christ—1c) The mercy of Christ, whereby at his return to judgment he will bless true Christians with eternal life. Both eleov[Mercy] & oiktirmov[Pity/Compassion] denote sympathy, fellow-feeling with misery, mercy, compassion. Eleov, however, manifests itself chiefly in acts rather than words, while oiktirmov is used rather of the inward feeling of compassion which abides in the heart. A criminal might ask for eleov, mercy, from his judge; but hopeless suffering may be the object of oiktirmov, compassion. Eng. per M-W—‘Compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power; also : lenient or compassionate treatment.’