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Planned In Advance
1 Peter 1:10-17
Planned in Advance
1 Peter 1:10-17
Intro: Starting in the Garden of Eden and continuing to this day is the conflict between a Holy and Righteous God and sinful men in rebellion with their creator. When Adam violated God's command, he instantly found himself under God's judgment. When Adam heard God's voice in the garden he went and hid, fear gripping him. God knowing what would take place had already formulated a plan to redeem sinful mankind. The prophets were curious and continually sought to find out more about this salvation promised by God. Peter is pointing his readers to the fact that this salvation they have experienced is the continuation of the same salvation the prophets talked about and researched. Peter is making it clear that their salvation is not a new faith or religion, but the fulfilled promise God had given long ago. Jesus is not new to this promise, he is in fact the very one the prophets talked about. It was the spirit of Christ who gave the prophets the information concerning the sufferings and glory that would be the Messiah. What Peter was sharing was the completion of the same message of the prophets, now revealed in Jesus. I. The Prophets Message Vs 10-12 10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. A. What they did not understand (1:10-11) 1. They could not grasp the connection between suffering and glory. 2. They knew what they were writing was a future act of God. 3. Their curiosity was strong and they tried hard to figure it out. 4. They were confused over the messiah’s grief (10-11a) 5. They were confused over the glory that would be the Messiah’ (11b), the idea of suffering seemed to be downplayed constantly. B. What they did understand (1:12a) 5 1. They could figure out that their prophecies would not be fulfilled until after their deaths. 2. The idea of a suffering King confused them. They wanted to know When all of this would take place, but that was not given to them. 3. They understood that a great victory was coming, they just did not know when. Remember the disciples asked the Lord, “When will these things be and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3 II. The Angels Interest in Our Salvation (1:12b)12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven — things which angels desire to look into. Some facts about angels: Created before the earth and man. Job 38:7 They have personality, intelligence and responsibility The word angel means messenger They are mention over 100 times in the Old Testament and even more in the New. Angels fall into two general classifications: fallen and unfallen. Unfallen angels fall into special classes: a. Michael the archangel is the head of all unfallen angels and his name means “who is like God.” b. Gabriel is one of the main messengers of God, his name means “hero of God.” c. Most angels are not given names for us to know, but are described as the elect, similar to the position of believers. d. Some are called “Cherubins”, meaning living creatures who defend God. 5 e. Seraphim are mention only once in the Bible in Isaiah 6:2-7, their function is to praise God day and night. Fallen Angels a. The fallen angels have been divided into two classes: free and bound. b. Satan is the only fallen angel mentioned by name c. When Satan fell he brought one third of the angels with him (John 8:44). d. Some are in chains waiting for the judgment. e. The ones that are free are the servants of Satan to do his dirty work and will ultimately be judged like the rest. 1. The unfallen angels are the ones interested in the salvation of God and long to know more about our salvation. 2. They have no part in it but their curiosity is still very strong. 3. Angels were created first, there was a revolt in heaven when Satan rose up to usurp God’s rule. At that moment everything changed. Satan had no chance and was immediately dealt with by God. 4. It is interesting that one third of the created angels chose to follow Satan. Hell was created by God for Satan and his followers. There is no redemption for the fallen angels nor for Satan. 5. Perhaps this is why the angels are so interested in our salvation. While we to have revolted against God’s rule and deserve judgment yet God has provided a means of forgiveness and redemption for all who accept His grace and receive Christ as their savior Six Soviet cosmonauts said they witnessed the most awe-inspiring spectacle ever encountered in space—a band of glowing angels with wings as big as jumbo jets. Cosmonauts Vladimir Solovev, Oleg Ackov, and Leonid Kizim said they first saw the celestial beings during their 155th day aboard the orbiting Salyat 7 space station. "W hat we saw," they said, "were seven giant figures in the shape of humans, but with wings and mistike halos, as in the classic depiction of angels. Their faces were round with cherubic smiles." Twelve days later the figures returned 5 and were seen by three other Soviet scientists, including woman cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya. "They were smiling," she said, "as though they shared a glorious secret." III. The Benefit of God’s Grace-Our Salvation (1:13-17) 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear A. Our responsibility personally (1:13) 1. We are to be self-controlled 2. Discipline should be present in every area of our life B. Our responsibility to God (1:14-17) 1. We are to be holy before God (1:14-16) A seeker after truth came to a saint for guidance. "Tell me, wise one, how did you become holy?" "Two words." "And what are they, please?" "Right choices." The seeker was fascinated. "How does one learn to choose rightly?" "One word." "One word! May I have it, please?" the seeker asked. "Growth." The seeker was thrilled. "How does one grow?" "Two words." "What are they, pray tell?" "Wrong choices." I believe that this is God's purpose in times of testing, to help us grow and to show us that we have the faith and ability to stand up to the testing so that we will trust God in difficult times to strengthen our faith and Christian character. At the same time, Satan has his own purpose to turn those being tested away from God to "tempt" them to sin. 5 2. We need to remind ourselves that God is the ultimate judge and He sees all. Jerry Bridges shared this thought: One day as I was reading the second chapter of I John, I realized that my personal life’s objective regarding holiness was less than that of John’s. He was saying, in effect, ‘Make it your aim not to sin.’ As I thought about this, I realized that deep within my heart my real aim was not to sin ‘very much’—Can you imagine a soldier going into battle with the aim of ‘not getting hit very much?’ ” (Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness [Colorado Springs, Colo.: Nav Press, 1978], p. 96). 3. We should remind ourselves of the price paid for our salvation; not with silver and gold, but the precious blood of Jesus. Conclusion: We have what the prophets desired. The promise of God has been fulfilled in Jesus. The promised redemption delivered at Calvary. It is easy to get caught up with the glories of Christ and overlook the suffering. No one likes to suffer or even talk about it. However, there was and is a timeline to God's plan of redemption. Sufferings come first; the glory comes after. The timing here is clear, suffer now with glory to follow. Peter wants to make sure the people understood what the timeline was so they would not get discouraged or lose heart. Before Christ would enter his glory, he had a cross to bear. We are no different, suffer here below and receive glory in heaven. Jesus over and over told his disciples what was going to happen. Shakespeare, in King John, correctly said, "to guild refined gold, to paint the lily, to throw a perfume on the violet, to smooth the ice, or add another hue onto the rainbow ... is wasteful and ridiculous excess." So it is today, if we wish to improve upon God's plan of salvation by our own good deeds, our own righteousness, our own goodness. Then we are trying to add purity to the pearl, luster to its moonlight whiteness. Then we are trying to polish it with our clumsy, uneven, and rough grinding stone. With St. Paul we need to say, "By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8- 9)
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