1 Peter 1: 22-25
As we studied this week, what was it that stood out to you probably the most?
I'll do a short assessment of what the message was about.
There have been two questions posed to the congregation.
Right here they’re:
1. How was the soul purified in line with Peter's writing in 1 Peter?
Right here's a touch. Refer again to verse 13-14 in 1 Peter 1
Describe the six elements Peter referred to concerning how the soul is purified.
2. Concerning obeying the reality, what was the reality that was obeyed?
Right here's a touch. Refer again to verse 15 & 16 in 1 Peter 1
Describing the command of the Lord concerning the reality Peter quoted in verse 16.
Peter writes about two fundamental topics in 1 Peter.
The primary was the salvation of the believer
The second was the holiness of the believer
As many people first acquired Christ as our savior, we noticed many issues occurred in our lives that had been indicators to us that God was really in our lives.
Ask your self this query. As I skilled the indicators the Lord confirmed me as a brand new believer, did I ever search for the signal of dwelling holy?
Chances are high most of us didn’t. In fact there at all times exceptions.
After I first got here to Christ, my focus was on dwelling a greater life because it understood to the issues of the pure. My ideas had been that God got here into my life to assist me "recover from on this planet." The thought by no means crossed my thoughts that He had an even bigger function that me "getting over on this planet."
After I turned conscious of holiness, it didn’t come to me as a type of different indicators I had grown to count on from God. It was extra about crossing over to a spot the place I started to stroll by religion and never by what I noticed. Holiness was a type of issues I couldn’t see and it was one thing that rose from deep inside my coronary heart. It was a conviction I felt to dwell for God with out anticipating the issues He may present however reasonably to dwell for Him for who He was.
When the phrase got here to me concerning being holy as a result of God was holy, it dawned on me that as a result of God stated it, I might be it. Discover I didn’t say do it. Holiness shouldn’t be about doing it. It's about being what God supposed us to be. Oh yeah, there are some modifications we make in our lives as referred to in 1: Peter 1:13 & 14. However the half comes from God. It's like no person could be you however you. You don’t have to attempt to be you, you simply are. So with regards to being holy, we’re holy as a result of God is holy.
As I ministered this phrase, I drew shut the passage of scripture that mentions how "the message of the cross is foolishness to those that are perishing, however to us who’re being saved it’s the energy of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Generally whilst believers we have now to comprehend our natrual minds could not obtain what the phrase of God has to say about who we’re and the way we’re to be. That is the place it takes us strolling by religion and never by sight to dwell in line with the best way the Lord has known as us.
Take into consideration this for a minute.
If we may perceive what the phrase of God stated once we lived in a un-regenerated state, why would we have to be born once more?
It's time to maneuver past anticipating the indicators and wonders and dwell by religion and be holy.
As new babes in Christ it's not a foul factor to know God exists in your life due to what He's performed for you. Shifting past that’s to take the phrase of God significantly and know that "these indicators will observe those that imagine:" Jesus stated, "In My identify, they’ll forged out demons; they’ll communicate with new tongues; they’ll take up serpents ; and in the event that they drink something lethal, it is going to under no circumstances damage them; they’ll lay arms on the sick, and they’ll recuperate. " (Mark 16: 17 & 18)
The place does maturity in Christ take us?
1. It takes to a brand new stroll by religion and never by sight.
2. It takes us to being holy as a result of our Lord is holy.
three. It takes us to indicators now following us.
The query for us now could be, how a lot have we matured since we've been born once more?
Pastor Cedric Reynolds
CentrePoint Christian Fellowship
6251 Schaefer Avenue
Chino, CA 91710