Saturday, August 19, 2006

Words from The Rock


1 Peter 1 (New International Version)

New International Version (NIV)

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society


1 Peter 1

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Praise to God for a Living Hope. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.



Be Holy

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." [a]

Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.[b] For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,

"All men are like grass

and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;

the grass withers and the flowers falll

but the word of the Lord stands forever."[c]

And this is the word that was preached to you.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 1:16 Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2; 20:7
  2. 1 Peter 1:22 Some early manuscripts from a pure heart
  3. 1 Peter 1:25 Isaiah 40:6-8


Share with us. What words of Peter's here really speak out to you ?

Sir C, in the cavalry of St. Peter

10 comments:

  1. To start the discussion, the Holy Spirit impressed on me the significance of Peter's introduction. IN his first sentence, Paul emphasizes both the significance of God's foreknowledge of His chosen people, the influence of the Holy Spirit, and Christ's Holy Blood. Certainly a pretty deep "Hello!"

    Do you think it coincidence that Christ's chosen foundation for His Church, the passionate Rock named Peter, would illustrate the omniscience of God, the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit, and the omnipotence of the Blood of the Son, in his first recorded line of direction to believers?

    And some would have us believe that the Holy Trinity is not a doctrine of the Bible!

    Sir Chuck, standing under the blood of Our Beloved Christ

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  2. "Do you think it coincidence that Christ's chosen foundation for His Church,…"

    No, Sir chuck, nothing in scripture is coincidence. Every word is carefully chosen. Even the things left out are left out for some important reason.

    "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."

    More and more, as I get older, I realize how very little this earthly life means, other than doing things that honor God. All the things we strive for, achievement, security, possessions, honor with men, are pretty much meaningless in terms of real value. Only those things done for God really matter. Our real reward is kept for us in heaven where real life is waithing for us.

    Sir John, living in hope and expectation

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  3. Only those things done for God really matter.

    How hard it is to get those things done, Sir John! I've been working and praying for the Lord to help me "optimize" my time, so that my earthly toil is fulfilled while the heavenly toil is not slighted.

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  4. I spent the better part of Saturday and Sunday researching and thinking about the next paragraph.

    Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

    What prophets was Peter talking about? Certainly, we think of Isaiah, with his prophecy of the Christ. I think Peter must certainly also have been thinking of John the Baptist, whom he would have been familiar with and of whom Jesus certainly would have spent time discussing with his disciples. And now we, the foreknown chosen know the Truth they sought and prophesied of, because we have the gospel of the Christ, and his salvation.

    But that last line kept me thinking there must be a deeper meaning I'm missing. Even the angels are longing to understand the role of the prophets and their relationship to the chosen? Why would they do that?

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  5. More and more, as I get older, I realize how very little this earthly life means, other than doing things that honor God. All the things we strive for, achievement, security, possessions, honor with men, are pretty much meaningless in terms of real value. Only those things done for God really matter. Our real reward is kept for us in heaven where real life is waithing for us.
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    Sir John is perfectly right-with one point that must be remembered. All of our lives can be to the glory of God if we approach them with the proper attitude. Not everything is sacred in the sense of "specifically set aside". But all things that are not sin can be done to the glory of God. Sir John can bargain with the exchangers and Sir Chuck teachs his students to the glory of God.

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  6. Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." [a]

    I especially noted that Peter relates a mind "set for action" to being self-controlled. So many times actions arise from lack of control. This day and age call out for self-controlled minds set on Christ to take action. No need to fret what that action is to be; the mind set on Christ will identify the appropriate action through the Holy Spirit when the time is right.

    It was also interesting that Peter addressed holiness of Christ and our need to be holy likewise in the context of the Levitican dietary laws. There, the emphasis is on knowing which animals are clean, and which are unclean. Certainly, our conscious minds know what things are clean and unclean, and we could all be holy if we could always avoid the unclean. I think Peter is reminding us that in order to remain clear of the unclean, we must prepare our minds, focus on control (focus on sacrifice), and desire the hope of The Kingdom more than anything else, at all times . It is those last three words that make the ultimate challenge to the Christian soldier.

    Sir C, working on focus

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  7. "…desire the hope of The Kingdom more than anything else, at all times . It is those last three words that make the ultimate challenge to the Christian soldier."

    We spoken, Sir Chuck. A soldier must be on the alert at all times.

    "…and there is no discharge in the time of war.." Ecclesiastes 8:8

    Sometimes we want to take a break or have a day off. We may get a day off from our normal responsibility but the battle for the mind and spirit still goes on. Temptations may even increase as we expose our minds to new and interesting things.

    1 Timothy 6:12. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

    Sir John, attempting to be vigilant

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  8. in the last echelon.....

    Holy = to be set apart.

    I'm struck by the instruction and the context. We are given several things to do, but we are like "grass that withers." It is not our works that sets us apart, but salvation through God's grace and mercy.

    It appears that for this topic the Table is in full agreement. Amazing!

    sir don.....
    Knight of the Golden Horseshoe

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  9. It appears that for this topic the Table is in full agreement. Amazing!

    Yes, it appears that if Christians could just study the bible together, in its entire context, then harmony would prevail much more often. It happens in church all the time. I bet if you filled a church one-third full with Presbyterians, one-third full of Baptists, and one-third full of Pentecostals, and then had a preacher start teaching from the word (no introductory music or announcements to offend anyone :-) there would be really very little disagreement with the sermon.

    Well, we'll see what you all think about J. Edwards....

    Sir C of the Merry Men

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  10. I bet if you filled a church one-third full with Presbyterians, one-third full of Baptists, and one-third full of Pentecostals, and then had a preacher start teaching from the word (no introductory music or announcements to offend anyone :-) there would be really very little disagreement with the sermon.
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    Or you'd get a congregation that speaks in a Scottish accent, discusses obscure Calvinistic theology, and sings boisterous praise songs.

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