Summary: 4 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?-IV—1Peter 1:3-12
What’s so great about Florida/Carrabelle?
Many people come to Florida & Carrabelle, FL to Escape the cold, looking for milder climes...or maybe ‘The easy life,’ Retirement, Escape from the ‘rat race.’ What they find are Yellow flies, Deer flies, Dog flies, & Mosquitoes. They find that they cannot take neither the high humidity nor the high heat of summer. These people leave with a sour taste for Florida in general & return home having never experienced Florida or Carrabelle.
Likewise many people enter churches hoping to find meaning in their lives. They are looking for love, acceptance & friendship. What they find are sinners saved by grace. Neglecting & bypassing the message of the cross, & seeking satisfaction their own way, they neglect a relationship with Jesus.
They walk out of the church not having their supposed/felt ‘needs’ met, & have no real appreciation for the church.
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?
WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD?
Previously, we found that,
God is Great because He offers...
2. His MEANS OF SALVATION(:3a)
5. VIBRANT HOPE(:3b-c)
6—God is Great because He offers...
:4—“to an inheritance incorruptible & undefiled & that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,”
Our being brought into a state of spiritual rebirth was initiated in order that an unfading, “undefiled” & imperishable/“incorruptible” “inheritance” would be obtained/had/possessed or become that which the believer owned/held in heart & hand.
This perennial “inheritance” is a “reserved” inheritance. That is, it is... English=‘Kept or set apart or aside for future or special use.’; Set aside for the use of a particular person or party.
When something is “reserved/kept” for us no one else may touch it in any way. It is ours though we may not use it at the present time. It is tended to, guarded, & maintained for us. Just as monies, destined for inheritance, cannot be dissolved or distributed until an estate is ‘legally’ solvent.
The “reservation” set aside for the use of the believer is “reserved” “in heaven.” “Heaven” being the eternal destination & continual location of our dwelling following this life we live in the flesh.
“You/Ye” is plural.
“Inheritance”—klhronomia—Property received (or to be received) by inheritance; What is given to one as a possession. Strong—Heirship, i.e. concretely--A patrimony or (genitive case)--A possession.