Sermon #1455††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† Miscellaneous Sermons

 

†††††††††††††††††††††† Title:††††††† ††††††††† Our Responsibility

††††††† and

Our Motive

††††††††† Text:††††††††††† 1 Peter 1:1-25

††††††††† Subject:†††††† The Believer's Responsibility to and Our Motive for Honoring God

††††††††† Date:††††††††††† Tuesday Evening --February 27, 2001

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Merida -- Mexico

††††††††† Introduction:

 

I. OUR SALVATION

 

††††††††† In verses 1-12, God the Holy Spirit describes what salvation is. If we are saved by the grace of God, this is the salvation we have experienced. If we have not experienced this salvation, we have not yet been saved by the grace of God.

 

1 Peter 1:1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

 

1 Peter 1:2Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

 

1 Peter 1:3-4Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (4) To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.

 

1 Peter 1:5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

1 Peter 1:6-9Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: (7) That 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: (8) Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: (9) Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

 

1 Peter 1:10-11Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: (11) Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

 

1 Peter 1:12Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

 

II. OUR RESPONSIBILITY

 

1 Peter 1:13-17Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (14) As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: (15) But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (17) And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.

 

A.   Live with your eyes focused upon eternity (v. 13).

 

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

B.    Fashion, mold, govern your affairs as obedient children, not after the lusts of ignorance by which others live (v. 14).

 

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.

 

C.   As God our Father is holy, let us ever strive to be holy (vv. 15-16)

 

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

D.   Live in the fear of God (v. 17).

 

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

 

††††††††† These are matters of personal responsibility for each of us. Yet, they are not matters of legality. The Holy Spirit does not take out the whip of the law, threatening punishment if we fail. Neither does he promise rewards if we comply. If there is neither the threat of punishment nor the promise of reward, how can anyone be expected to take these matters seriously?

 

††††††††† Look at verse 18-25. Here is...

 

III. OUR MOTIVE

 

1 Peter 1:18-25Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; (19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, (21) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. (22) Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: (23) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (24) For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: (25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

 

††††††††† The motive for godliness is grace, just grace. I am calling for you and me to devote ourselves to the will of God, the glory of God, and the kingdom of God, because we have been granted the grace of God in Christ.

 

††††††††† Why should I devote my life, consecrate myself, my goods, my property, my money, my time, my family, everything to the cause of Christ and seek to honor him? Let me tell you why....

 

A.   Iíve been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (vv. 18-20).

 

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.

 

B.    God has given me the blessed gift of faith (v. 21).

 

Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

 

C.   The grace of God, granting me faith in Christ, has purified my soul (v. 22).

 

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.

 

D.   I love my brethren (v. 22).

 

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.

 

E.    Iíve been born again by the Word of God (v. 23).

 

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

 

F.    There is nothing in this world even worthy of consideration except the gospel of the grace of God (vv. 24-25).

 

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

 

Romans 12:1-2I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

AMEN.