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Summary: 3 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...

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WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD?-III—1Peter 1:3-12(:3-9; 10-12)

Attention:

What’s so great about a Washing machine?-an Automobile?-a Boat?- Hunting?- the Beach?——Ask anyone who uses &/or loves these!

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!’

Need:

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 governors for blessing God.

WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD?

Previously, we found that,

God is Great because He offers...

1. GOD(:3a)

2. His MEANS OF SALVATION(:3a)

3. MERCY(:3b)

4. REGENERATION(:3b)

5—God is Great because He offers...

VIBRANT HOPE(:3b-c)

Explanation:(:3b-c)

: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,”

This 2nd birth was a birth into a “living hope.” This hope is not centered on something ‘dead’ such as human ability &/or wisdom.

?What gives Christian hope its life?

This “living hope” was secured by means of the “resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”(Rom. 10:9-10; Rom. 4:25).

Rom. 10:9-10—“...if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus & believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, & with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Rom. 4:25—“...Jesus our Lord”.....“who was delivered up because of our offenses, & was raised because of our justification.”

“Living”—zaw—1) To live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead); 2) To enjoy real life—2a) To have true life & worthy of the name, 2b) Active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God; 3) To live i.e. Pass life, in the manner of the living & acting—3a) Of mortals or character; 4) Living water, having vital power in itself & exerting the same upon the soul; 5) metaph.--To be in full vigor—5a) To be fresh, strong, efficient,, 5b) as adj.--Active, powerful, efficacious. Strong—a primary verb; To live (literally or figuratively).

“Hope”—elpiv—1) Expectation of evil, fear; 2) Expectation of good, hope—2a) in the Christian sense—2a1) Joyful & confident expectation of eternal salvation; 3) On hope, in hope, having hope—3a) The author of hope, or he who is its foundation, 3b) The thing hoped for. Strong—Expectation(abstractly or concretely) or confidence.

“Through”—dia—Preposition—

“Resurrection”—anastasiv—1) A raising up, rising (e.g. from a seat); 2) A rising from the dead. Strong—A standing up again, i.e. literally--A resurrection from death(individual, genitive case or by implication [its author]), or figuratively--A (moral)recovery (of spiritual truth).


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