Summary: 5 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?-V—1Peter 1:3-12(:3-9; 10-12)
We’ve had 3 of them! It’s been the perfect car for our family of 6. It offers...a solid solution to our needs—Carries our family 7 people(we have 6) comfortably(which many larger cars do not!), Aesthetics(color/shape/attractive), Worry free operation(most anything breaks eventually), Reliability(never left us stranded), Cruising speed, Powerful & smooth acceleration, Good gas mileage(?), User friendly, Fair purchase price, etc. We can take the rear seats out & use it as a truck, We can tie luggage to the luggage rack on the roof, We can tie a canoe or kayak on the rack, We have hauled mattress box springs on the roof & a mattress inside, It doesn’t move the van when an 18-wheeler passes as full speed on a two-lane.
For our family, a Mini-Van has a lot to commend itself!
Likewise, God is great because He offers every solution for our lives!
Ironically we can 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 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. STANDING INHERITANCE(:4-5)
7. INTERNAL JOY(:6)
8—God is Great because He offers...
: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, & glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,”
Our trials are what make the authenticity of our faith & its quality very plain.
Js. 1:2-4—“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect & complete, lacking in nothing.”
This certain type of faith along with its “proof” is “more precious” than the most precious & sought after of temporal objects—even gold. Gold is itself even perishable.
Gold is valuable because it is uniquely untarnishable & scarce.
What is the proof?....Withstanding the fire & being of the same caliber as before the fire, & thus producing “praise, honor & glory”(toward the triune God) in the believer, even to the last day. This speaks of Christ’s second coming to earth.
When genuine saving “faith” is “tested,” as it were, by fire, it will result in/produce “praise, honor & glory” upon the day when Jesus is fully & tangibly “revealed” as the Christ(Anointed) of God.