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1 Peter 1:8-25 "Incorruptible Seed"

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • September 26, 2009
    9:00 AM
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I want everyone to volunteer our class among the first Peter and this week is our second class in this book so we started first Peter last week and we got to the first seven verses last week of chapter one of before we start to them like one of her and want it right and he are classless of our father in heaven we thank you for this Sabbath day we thank you that we can study from your word to pray for a special blessing as we study from about the first peer may enlighten our minds and give us understanding about your plans for life this is my current Jesus Manning 's just by way of review from last week some of the high points that we such if you watch the starting universe one Peter identifies himself as an apostle of Jesus Christ she was an eyewitness for three and a half years after Christ's ministry so she was perspective of Bible truths with shaped in some degree by the fact that he was an eyewitness to Jesus for three and half years of course he had a conversion experience at the end of that then we saw in verse to keep describes other we are all wax according to the foreknowledge of God the father through sanctification of the Spirit and Aquino to Romans chapter eight the famous first you can make anything to the charge of God the light in the very next phrases it is God that justify so it's interesting you were to watch means chosen of God and in first Cedar to be chosen of God or life describes him the experience of sanctification Romans being a latter chosen of God describes having the experience of justifications one of the key point that we described last week is that the Bible writers do not differentiate between justification and sanctification salvation process justification and sanctification are part of the salvation experience and of course universe second those lemmings to thirteen which says God has chosen you from the beginning to salvation through sanctification and we went on verse three talks about how we've been the gotten to a livelihood by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead generally so much time on other than to say if you like such a book of Romans a belief in the resurrection is linked see justification by faith 's annual display on your we did that last week when we continued on all the way down this is certain we see in verses four and five that we have salvation verse six we rejoiced even though we may go through the fury of trial because we have salvation Amber seven of course the famous result the trial of your faith in anything much more precious than gold the parishes will be tried with fire my Nissan praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ and of course this was written sixty six eighty the first century Christian church was going through severe trials of their faith and so what Peter is telling them that hate you are going through trials because of your faith but it just doesn't gold is tried in the fire and its purified the trial of your faith brings forth even better for rewards more precious than gold that she is tried with fire and soon were going she worked for the rest of the chapter versus eighty twenty five cents a day how the experience of salvation and the experience of the trial of our faith are related to each other will see that there is a connection to picking up in verse nine server states are served for seven talks about the trial of our faith and the hope is that we will be found to praise honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ and the number sentences them having not seen he was in him though now you see them not yet believing ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory so it's interesting and verse eight Peter starts off speaking of cursing whom having not seen you why now Peter Dempsey Jesus said he's taking the people who didn't have the privilege that she had been with Christ for three and a half years that you say even though you have seen him and the reason being is that because of Jesus Christ and we saw that in the first few verses because of his is the sprinkling of his blood because he has been resurrected she has prepared for us to reserve for us the experience of salvation so even though we haven't seen Jesus we want because we experience righteousness I think so because we have faith in Christ we want and then continuing on in him that he is now you see him not yet believing ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory and again for the early Christian church he was going through severe trials in the for people who because they profess the name of Christ were putting their lives on the line it wasn't like needed to say I'm a Christian and is it about your your business like you can hear in our country it's like if you profess the name of Christ in the first century you are putting your life on the line so clearly people who profess Christ must have lots and very dearly to be able to otherwise someone and dating and that even though they hadn't seen him that this was a being issue came to this earth and die for them so they can have eternal salvation might even resurrected again is in heaven interceding on their behalf and of course we should have same experience so even though we haven't seen Christ we want even though we have not seen them we believe and we rejoice with unspeakable joy enough to be ask yourself this question when you think about Jesus Christ and the salvation he has given us US does that cause unspeakable joy in our hearts or is it me my whole life along with talk about these and if you have the experience of setting your life on the wine for your faith on the downside I don't have to tell my wife on the one who profess the name of Christ not to this point but today the issue that will eventually come to pass in this country will time and we will have to have had an experience that is preparing us for that so for example how do you do you around associates at work or school who don't believe what we believe to you we minimize our distinctiveness and just try to set an or are we or ever walk with God that we stand firmly and finally for what we believe so that everyone knows where we stand before my having that experience now what can happen when things get even worse so the first century Christian church these people profess Christ and they were putting their lives on the one by doing so and they had the experience of when they would change of Jesus Christ they would have unspeakable joy we should have that same experience when we think of Jesus Christ we should have unspeakable joy verse nine receiving the end of your faith even the salvation of your souls are towards the end of our faith the salvation of our souls the faith that are the obvious faith and salvation go hand-in-hand and that is connecting the concept of righteousness by faith so so Peter is a sort of sick getting an introduction to these concepts clearly we can see that shrine rules and faith and salvation to together and again versus here again we run the word that he used to describe the salvation experience with sanctification now you may ask why did Cedar choose to use the word sanctification instead of justification when he was describing the award to her sanctified with you continue through the chapter is talking about the trial of our faith and salvation that we have how is it I guess what Peter is trying to demonstrate his colleges is that we determine shoe has saving faith is and the answer is those you allow the trials of their faith zero five more to corrode them in their process of sanctification are demonstrating they have righteousness by faith in the salvation experience so this is another point of self-examination about studying the Bible to be disastrous it was more like you are not thinking about hating a brother sounds in the theater this is not what OID in the situation so you have a bad experience at work or at home your spouse through with a sibling or your roommate or whatever you do you allow that experience to cause you to surrender more completely to God until while his spirit to come forth running toward you just snap off and have the human experience those are the little trials of her fate that are building us for the bigger trials of our faith and so when we passed through the trials and him she revises and we will be more precious than gold and again the end of our faith the salvation of our souls that Peterson would the trial of your faith now feel so good that it's purifying you in the end of your face is salvation now continuing on in verses to read verses ten to twelve here of which salvation the prophets haven't acquired and searched diligently from the side of the grace that should come unto you searching water what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was intended to signify when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow first twelve hundred unit was revealed that not under themselves but until stated master the things which are now reported on the I preach the gospel in the room the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven in which things the Angels desire to look into that as a few points that I want to spend a little bit of time on these three versus the first thing is it talks about the salvation in verse ten that the prophets have inquired and searched diligently that he just want to write this down in Romans chapter one verses to a Paul makes a similar point out the three person wanted to chapter one races Paul a servant of Jesus Christ called to be an apostle separated under the gospel of God which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy Scriptures the basic point Paul in Romans one and Cedar in first Peter one is saying that the prophets in the Old Testament testified of his Gospel experience and ensue if you read the New Testament because people say what the Gospels in the South it is if you read the New Testament the New Testament authors tell you that the gospel was also found in the Old Testament Saddam was a theologian cellular the Gospels only New Testament theology when the very authors of the New Testament are saying the gospel is also found in the old South in both Testaments I think we are ready now that I just wanted to make them so that the salvation that we experience was written about in the province inquired and searched diligently and it's interesting Peterson what a certain inquired of it that this is grace has until the fourth of 's we are living in the time after Christ him Ross and everything in the Old Testament that pointed to that officer were writing about that they were riding for us she would live after that period of time and in verse eleven and twelve is your sort of summarizes that missing Mary Rivers eleven is it talks about how they testify to the sufferings of Christ having just read Isaiah fifty three of the clear example of the sufferings of Christ in the glory that should follow the notice first wellness is an important point that I want to make resources under Jeanette was revealed that not in themselves but I'm just a state administered the things which are now reported and he buy them that preach the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven notice the things that were really old to the Old Testament prophets and you can say now hard and it even authors of the New Testament it was revealed and invade minister but they are specifically she will us the messages are specifically for 's living after the time of the death of Christ and not a dream I was revealed but not an insult onto us they didn't minister the things which are not reported and he so there are certain theologians to utilize what I described as the method of higher criticism is safe if you want to understand the passage of Scripture you have to understand the original ones and the context in the time period for which the author was writing this because I was his purpose and you know there might be an application of the enzyme with a note is not even an application for a civic it's only not passage was written for that time and what Peter is actually saying his wife when the Old Testament prophets and all saved in the new testament prophets wrote the word of God he was frightened Marilee for us at the end of time and in Peter 's time it was for the Christians of the first century so for the first century Christians should look in the book of Isaiah and will read Isaiah fifty three in the same well and maybe Isaiah was just talking about someone during this time that was going to be persecuted for wedding again life maybe that's what he was talking about how the Bible words the Bible words where the Holy Spirit will inspire a writer any time in history to write a message that will be relevant specific point in time higher criticism than that don't understand the concept that if you understand that concept of Scripture you understand that if you read a passage of Scripture meets high and together with other parts of the Bible you will often find that the messages especially in Daniel and Revelation and also the New Testament and kneel to all of those messages have a special application for God 's people down at the end of time was there an application when it was first written sure there was that there's also an application the guy in the messages for those living today nearly and to write sure to write a Muslim type so he was that just a repeatability can hear us there are some in the world of higher him identify with the passage of Scripture is only for its original but there are certain principles of scholarship that he's properly are helpful in understanding Scripture and I would agree with that it's just didn't know what the context and the time was when father was writing a custom description is helpful to understand some of the content and context that under the direction of the Holy Spirit the author and on this now my additional comments the author may not have understood completely what he was writing about and Daniel didn't understand everything he was writing about and those of us after seventeen p.m. gain further understanding of the theory Doctor Wright said that he may not appear the con alum why mentions that the profits wrote more for our data needed for there isn't a basically making the same point here so let's get into some of the meaning of the rest of the chapter I just wanted to make a little one another starting in verse thirteen says wherefore turn up the loins of your mind be sober and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought and see you at the revelation of Jesus Christ as obedient children not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance verse fifteen minutes 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 for others a while that we could talk about in these four verses that we just read that in verse thirteen starts off with her work wherefore Paul summarized Paula summarizing I talked about the experience of salvation sanctification and obedience in verse two how we have been begotten to a widely held by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead father we have worked by the power of God through faith in his salvation but even that we have the trial of our faith it produces something more precious than gold tried with fire we rejoice with joy unspeakable we have the again of our faith even the salvation of our souls and by the way all of the Bible writers have written about the salvation for us since day wherefore turn up the loins of the mind and be sober Peter Zhang would you have all of Scripture and written to help you have the experience of salvation is not as one book in the Bible where five but there are sixty six books in the Bible that will help us to understand salvation so because of all of that is the root of the loins of your mind can be sober and hope to begin as interesting the word sober obviously disk drives in a literal sense someone who avoids intoxicating wine herb or beer alcoholic beverages this is obviously used in a spiritual context to be sober and it's interesting in the last days we see that most of the world is drunken with the wine that will serve cedar is saying be sober and the rest of the world is the drive for the one that wants it if you're drunk the wine about one to immediate context of the year outside the experience of salvation so what here's describing here is something that will help us to understand how to not partake of that wine and without one of course we know that wine represents false I suppose you are sober are not partaking the false doctrine to group the wind in your mind be sober hope to meet again for the grace that is to be brought and he will at the revelation of Jesus Christ and so we hope to the end and that I would raise the brunches at the revelation of Jesus Christ this is likely describing the second counting on us of God 's grace we really are and those of this you won't be in the kingdom will only be there by the grace of God not by anything that we've done when Jesus comes he will bring his grace with him to take his children so eager to provide a reminder server we have been raised that will be brought when Jesus comes verse fourteen as obedient children not fashioning yourselves according to the former was inherently so now that we are children of God we don't want of the way we used to see when we do now and that an organ is seen as a little bit more in the chapter it's interesting to talk about the former was an just to get a little preview of where were heading there is a lot of the flash or walking after the Spirit so peters making reference to fashioning ourselves according to the wants of the flash when we were in the one you've been warning him and your children obedient children of God you live according to the left of the flesh and he makes the illustration that is she which hath called you is always one of the man to be obedient children one of the means and not live up to the flush verse fifteen but as he which have called you is holy as I could call to him as God is holy Isaiah fifty seventeenth of the same thing many other verses as he which have called you is holy so be ye holy in all manner of conversation in the work conversation would better be translated conduct or the way you live your life so sure that includes speech at all certain it includes every other aspect of your life now think about this in her sixties is because it is written being the holy for I am going outside it from Leviticus one forty four now what we've seen so far is in first Peter chapter one verse seaweed bench world wax according to sanctification of the Spirit of deviance and sprinkling of the blood we have the experience in the trial of our faith which makes us more precious than gold tried in the fire we have unity with our faith we have the hope of salvation we see the all of the Bible has pointed to the salvation which totaled a girl of the loins of your mind and be sober because of the salvation experience in the computer gets very explicit instances when you have this experience as obedient children be holy as God is holy because he says be ye holy for I am fully and again the question is how do we go from walking up towards the force she knew walking after the Spirit will warm the ways that Peter is describing we talked about this already is the trial of our faith which while of our faith is an opportunity for us to be surrendered to God and to allow him to live out his life through us so that the securities and are why will be burned out as the impurities and older burned-out window when the goal is in the fire when we go through each trials on holiness in our life is remaining and so Peter then says okay and I fashion yourself according to the former lesson your ignorance of Tennessee which has called you is holy so be holy in all manner of conversation because it is written be ye holy for I am holy morgan Cialis size and further as we get through chapter one now notice verse seventeen percent of genes is anarchy the father should without respect of persons charges according to every man's work half the time of your sojourning here and fear is interesting Peter talks about the obedient children down fasteners and former laws be holy in the way that God is holy for sale in way to do that is through faith by surrendering our life the hands and then he says by the way just remember the father is in a judge every man according to his words so what's the judgment enemy baseball according to every man's words and what has Cedar used to describe men's work it's either fashion yourselves according to the lost and the flash or living a life of holiness that's basically the shoe options in the judgment that Peter is set up so that we had the verse seventeen and every man is judged according to his word is basically what they describe now again this is not describing our own works because our own righteousness is as filthy rags forward to see as we go continues through the chapters that as we are children of God a it is the Christ women has wife through us and only through that that we can have a wine before we can be holy of ourselves there is no way that you have we allowed pricing times are hard we have his righteousness it we have his holiness and then when we come to the judgment and set of as being seen as walking according to the wealth of the flash we are seen as having Christ living out his life in Simpson were sold because of the judgment of town past the time of your sojourning here in fear or how much record on the aborting of the arms judgments same concept stir in inverse eighteen for as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things 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 peters and makes comparisons here you were not redeemed with corruptible things such as silver and gold ore from the traditions of your fathers you were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ so use it just looking at the direct comparison if silver and gold is incorruptible what with the precious blood of Christ we etc. so the things of this world the things that we from the lust of the flesh gold and silver for a vain conversation putting up being why the tradition of our fathers those are corruptible things and those are not the things that redeem they are corrupt we are redeemed by that which is incorruptible which is the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without while someone else by now some of you have a marginal reading for the words by an inverse nineteen will know that word also can be translated without fault is a crisis is a lamb without one mission without full were redeemed with his wife and where you see how this ties in with God like the people because Christ is the Lamb without oneness without fault in a chapter shoe in verse twenty two visits Christ did no sin neither was guile found in his mouth surprised is without fault no guy was in his mouth and in Revelation fourteen hundred and forty four thousand are found to be without fault no guy within the mouth so it's interesting in chapter one says the holy as God is holy talk to how Christ was of the land without one much worse off or fall he also has no guile in his mouth hundred and forty four thousand of the same experience so heinous in a sentence first Peter is written for the hundred and forty four thousand and since we are God lastly people who are striving to be among that group first Peter is written for us said he wanted to be part of a hundred and forty four thousand study first Peter another but the study is limited James we can talk about that some of the notice verse nineteen we're redeemed with the precious blood of Christ we should never forget that Christ shed his blood for us to mashup thoughts unspeakable joy for us as Peter spoke about earlier in the chapter continues people finished the chapter today on first twenty speaking of Christ you verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world but was manifest in these last times for you now again Revelation thirteen and the strategies is for the foundation or a heater is a similar point here that Christ was foreordained before the foundation of the world he was manifest in these last times for you it's interesting the author of Hebrews who is Paul Seiter described here uses here's the phrase these last times as a suitor for Peter and Sea River both written about sixty six eighty four years before the destruction of Jerusalem and that was a type of the last days Jesus created the destruction of Jerusalem as a type of the last days is that Matthew twenty four seven Jesus knew that the other authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit did the same thing that Jesus was manifested in these last times just before the destruction of Jerusalem but the final last time so the state is just before Jesus the Christ and the concerts of first Peter one was manifest in the first century just before the destruction of Jerusalem in verse twenty one issue by him do you believe in God that raised him up from the dead and gave him glory that your faith might be in God and we spent a fair amount of time talking about the importance of believing Jesus being raised from the dead policemen and four thousand twenty in Romans four Abraham was fully persuaded that what God promised he was able to perform and then pauses and it was not computed as say the one that shows also if we believe on him that raised up Jesus from the dead in chapter six is the whitest prices raising the dead by the glory of the father even so we also should walk in newness of life so what were believing we believe on him who raised Jesus from the dead is that God will raise us up to walk in a new life or have the new birth experience just as Jesus was raised from the dead Mary talked about last week now Wasim versus unison interesting points first twenty two seeing ye have purified your souls in a manufacturing through the spirit of the unfeigned love of the brethren see that you love one another with a PC or Hartford I said this is the experience of Christian unity what's our experience with our brethren Church that we have had our souls sure if I threw the spirit we should have one of the brethren and we should love one another with a pure heart fervently but here's something to think about if the people that you like least and you're why are people that you know a church something 's wrong there's something seriously wrong with your Christian experience the people you like least and your wife are people that he had a church with something 's not working enough salvation experience is Emily ran on this planet people you have that experience if you're having that experience I think sure you to give your life to the Lord and have the experience of love of the brethren and some love one another with up your heart for sick leave about three minutes to get your mainstreamers as we should be able to do this is starting in verse twenty three here's the first time Peter uses the phrase being born-again Jesus being worn again some wikis described in the whole chapter is salvation experience sanctification being holy as God is holy that's being born again are loving one another fervently that being wanting in analysis it's not a corruptible seed remember thinking how we were redeemed not with corruptible things number one again were not one of corruptible seed but of incorruptible by the word of God which would limit on Abydos for ever and then I always wanted why she very uses this illustration twenty four twenty five maybe some of your nerdy Cincinnatus for twenty four pieces for all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man the flower of grass the grass whether it's in the flower thereof followed the way that the word of the Lord endears forever and this is the word which by the gospel was preached on the notices first twenty four all flesh is as grass the grass whether it's the flower thereof falling away in verse twenty three we have a comparison of being born-again of incorruptible seed and then there's corruptible seed what that means is if you think about assuming you plan something if he arose and incorruptible that means that it survives whatever hits it it continues to grow and like the Evergreen corruptible seed is planted in rows and when it tried it withers away and what Peter is saying is all flash is as grass now what is it mean what is in John chapter three when Jesus told me not to be missed you must be born again he says that which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is one of the Spirit is spirit so what the corruptible seek that which is one of the flush with the incorruptible seed that which is born of the spirit and so series your options in first Peter used your either one of incorruptible seed and you have the experience of salvation or you have corruptible seed and you walk after the flesh or the meanwhile capital flush read Romans seven for another in me that is in my flesh dwells no good thing for you to will is present how to perform that which is good I find not any thoughts about online carnal sold understand your same way the sin of your soul to shoot as soon as these are people who know what to write but they still went after the flash what Peter is saying is all flesh is grass but if we are born of incorruptible seed we went near forever and he uses the illustration of the word of God which lives in the and abides forever is that which gives us a tower to have that experience of being wanting in that's why the century and was described as celebrated little Jesus speak the word only as what's on the screen the light grass withers and dies let's have a incorruptible seed in the morning and thank you removing any check and see you next week

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