1 PETER 1

11 Outlines

 

1 Peter 1:1-2

ESTABLISHING OUR IDENTITY

 

"The few, the proud, the Marines"

"Just do it." - Nike

"At Ford, quality is job 1."

"We love to fly and it shows."

Dodger "Blue" and Yankee "Pinstripes"

"Fly the friendly skies."

 

The above slogans give identity to certain products, teams or companies. Just as it is important for companies to have an identity,

it is important for us who are Christians to understand our identity.

In 1 Peter 1:1-2, Peter shows us our identity.

 

WE ARE A TRAVELING PEOPLE Vs. 1

   We are strangers, sojourners, or pilgrims. Philippians 3:20, Hebrews                                                                                                                                                                                            13:14

 

WE ARE A CHOSEN PEOPLE Vs. 2a

   "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God..."

 

WE ARE A SEPARATED PEOPLE Vs. 2b

   "...through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and                                                                                                                                                                                                       sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:"

        (We are separated unto obedience and cleansing.)

 

WE ARE A BLESSED PEOPLE Vs. 2c

  "Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."

 

 

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1 Peter 1:1-2

INTRODUCING 1 PETER

 

THE WRITING PROPHET - Peter

 

THE RECEIVING PEOPLE - Strangers, Elect

 

THE ENCOURAGING PROCLAMATION - Grace and Peace

 

 

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1 Peter 1:3-7

YOU'VE GOT IT!

 

There are certain things that we have if we have been saved.

 

A SIGNIFICANT BIRTH - Vs. 3

We were born again to a living hope. John 3:1-8, 1 Peter 1:23

We have a living hope of resurrection because Christ is risen from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

 

A SUPERNATURAL INHERITANCE - Vs. 4

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

 

A SECURE SALVATION - Vs. 5

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

 

A SPECIAL TEST - Vss. 6-7

God uses trials to perfect us. James 1:2-4

 

 

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1 Peter 1:3-7

BLESSINGS!

 

We are blessed with many wonderful blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

Peter tells us what some of these blessings are.

 

WE ARE BLESSED WITH HIS HOPE - Vs. 3

We have a living hope of resurrection because of Christ's resurrection.

 

WE ARE BLESSED WITH HIS HEAVEN - Vs. 4

Our inheritance in Heaven is "incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not

away, reserved in heaven for you."

 

WE ARE BLESSED WITH HIS HELP - Vs. 5

We are "kept by the power of God".

 

WE ARE BLESSED WITH HIS HAPPINESS - Vss. 6-7

We greatly rejoice in spite of trials.

 

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1 PETER 1:3-9

TAKING INVENTORY

 

 

This text contains an inventory.  It is an itemization, a stock listing of some of the things that you and I have if we have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin.

 

This morning we want to see what we have in Christ.  If we are going to live Godly lives in Christ, we need to understand the great wealth and struggles that come our way with knowing Christ.

 

GREAT HOPE Vs. 3

 

Peter gives us a great reminder here.

He begins with the words, "Blessed be God."

The "blessed" often means "happy" as in Psalm 1 or Matthew 5's beatitudes. But here it means "PRAISED"!

 

Peter reminds us to praise HIM!

We need reminders like this!

We forget to worship. We forget to say "Thank you".

 

Even in the worship portion of our services, we forget all too quickly to concentrate on Worshipping God. Psalm 64:6-7, Psalm 48:9

 

In Verse 3  we are to give praise to the God and Father.

This reminds us that God is a Trinity, or a "Triunity".

 

There is one God, 3 distinct personalities in the Godhead.

 

Our text tells us that He is Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

LORD - He is our Master of Christians.

              A point we often forget.

              We think we control our own lives.

              We act that we are "the boss."

 

John 13:13 - Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for [so] I am.

 

JESUS - His personal name which means "Jehovah is                                                                                                                                                                                                                             salvation." He is our Savior.

 

CHRIST - Means "THE ANOINTED ONE.

                  Equivalent to the Hebrew Word, "Messiah".

                  For the Christian, Jesus is KING!

 

Why should we praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Through His Son God has shown us "abundant mercy."

 

Never think God wants to give us what we deserve!

We deserve Hell! Psalm 18:4, Isaiah 64:6

 

Instead of giving us what we deserve, God, in his abundant mercy has provided a way of avoiding the judgment in Hell which we deserve.

 

As Righteous, God requires punishment.

In Love and Mercy, God sent His Son to take the punishment for our sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 1:18-19

 

How do I make God's abundant mercy mine?

"HATH BEGOTTEN US AGAIN" speaks of a second birth.

I was born once into earth's family.

I must be born again into God's family.

Natural birth must be followed by Spiritual Birth. John 3:3

That happens when we trust Christ. John 1:12-13

 

When we are born again through the work of the Spirit of God, we obtain a lively, or a "living" hope.

By the word "hope" the Bible does not mean something wishy washy, like "I hope I graduate."

 

In the Bible, the word "hope" is something that can be looked forward to with anxious anticipation. If you have Biblical hope, you are not only sure of Heaven but you are looking forward to it! Hebrews 6:17-19

 

·       A living hope is hope of life, life eternal.

·       A living hope reminds me that things will be perfect in Heaven some day.

·       A living hope means that whatever goes wrong this week, it will not be permanent. The hurts of today will be long forgotten by you 100 years from now.

 

The basis of our hope, according to our text, is the resurrection of Christ.

Because Jesus resurrected from the dead, we are assured of the power of God to raise us from the dead.

We are assured that God has accepted Jesus' sacrifice for sin!

In John 14:19, Jesus says ...because I live, ye shall live also.

 

 

WE HAVE A GREAT INHERITANCE Vs. 4

 

Most people get an inheritance when someone else dies.

The person who dies leaves behind property, money, jewelry, or something else of value.

 

The great part about this inheritance is that the Lord gives us the inheritance after we die!  This inheritance is not what we leave behind, but what we receive!

 

We often mourn Christians who go on to heaven.

Remember this, that they are enjoying their inheritance in Christ.

 

I especially like the word "undefiled". Our inheritance in heaven will not involve the filthiness of this world.

 

No x-rated movies.

No x-rated people.

No x-rated morals.

No effects of alcohol, pills, hard drugs, immorality.

No lying, no stealing, no murder. Revelation 21:27

 

And notice that this inheritance is reserved in Heaven for us.

 

Our inheritance in Heaven is reserved, or "guarded" as the word means.

 

WE HAVE A GREAT PRESERVATION Vs. 5

 

Your salvation is not based on your works, or the keeping of commandments, but by faith.

If you have been born into the family of God, it was the work of God! John 3:5-6

 

It is the Spirit of God that does the work of regeneration, making us born again. Salvation is God's work, not mine!

 

Just as I have no power to save myself, I have no power to keep myself saved.

To be sure, If I am saved, I am changed, and live a changed life. That's part of the proof that I'm saved. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

But it is the power of God that saved me, and it is the power of God that keeps me saved!

John 10:27-18

 

GREAT TRIALS Vss. 6-7

 

People who are invited to Christ are sometimes given the impression that if they but trust Christ, all their trials will go away. Troubles will disappear.

 

That's just not true.

Although nobody wants trials or grief, or hurt or hassle, although nobody wants to cry, Vs. 6 tells us why they happen.

 

The key words are "...if need be..."

Trials begin because God deems them necessary for us.

We need trials to increase our faith.

We need them to increase our patience.

We need them to be a testimony to others.

We need them because we need discipline.

 

In some ways, troubles begin, because Satan gets hoping mad, and wants to keep you from being effective for Christ.

Also, troubles begin, because God wants to use the troubles to mature us in our faith. James 1:2-4

 

Verse 7 - The trials of our faith are likened unto gold that is refined. Gold is heated so impurities can be removed. When we allow God to refine us through our troubles, the trials refine us, improve us, mature us, make us more productive.

 

The trials make it so God can award us with praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns. That is, if we've heeded the lessons intended for us in the trials. James 1:12

 

OUR INVENTORY IN CHRIST:

 

GREAT HOPE

GREAT INHERITANCE

GREAT PRESERVATION

GREAT TRIALS

 

 

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1 Peter 1:9-17

HOLINESS

 

THE REASON FOR HOLINESS Vss. 9-12

  (Salvation)

THE RIGORS OF HOLINESS Vss. 13-14

  Salvation costs you nothing. Holy living will cost you everything.

THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF HOLINESS Vss. 15-16

  The standard is high - "Be ye holy, for I am Holy."

THE REVERENCE OF HOLINESS Vs. 17

  "...pass the time of your sojourning here in fear."

 

 

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1 Peter 1:13-17

PERFECTING HOLINESS

 

Any pastor or special speaker who announces that he will be speaking on holiness will probably not get a large turn out. It is not a popular subject.  Although it is not a popular subject, it is still a Bible doctrine for today, and any true preacher of the Gospel will need to talk about practicing holiness or holy living.

 

1 Peter 1:15a says "But as he which hath called you is holy..." Our holy God is the one who has called us to salvation through faith in his Son. He has justified us and made it so we are without condemnation in Christ. Revelation 22:17, Romans 10:13, Romans 5:1, Romans 8:1

God has declared us to be a "holy nation" in 1 Peter 2:9. God views our position as "holy", or set apart for him. Because I have been called by God to salvation and have been declared holy or set apart in my position, I am also to practice a separated or holy life (1 Peter 1:15-16). This does not mean that I'll be sinless in this life, but it does mean that I will live a life that strives to be holy (1 John 1:8-10). Those who serve a holy God are to practice holiness.

 

As we perfect holiness we develop a life that is:

 

SET APART FOR REASONING - Vs. 13

The way we think is to bring honor and glory to the Lord.

 

SET APART FOR RESPONSE - Vs. 14

We are to respond to God as obedient children.

 

SET APART FOR REVERENCE - Vs. 17

As we reverence God, we will be careful about our behavior.

 

 

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1 Peter 1:18-23

REDEEMED!

 

THE PRICE OF REDEMPTION  Vss. 18-19

THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION Vs. 20

  Jesus was "foreordained". God planned ahead for man's salvation.

THE POSSESSION OF REDEMPTION Vss. 21-23



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1 Peter 1:18-23

STRESSED OUT!

 

We live in a day and age when many people feel the effects of stress.

 

Some are stressed because of financial needs.  The income never catches up with the out go. Often Mom is forced to go out and work.  Then she's under the stress of trying to be a good mother and wife, keep house, provide meals, and be a good employee.

 

Some are stressed by the schedules their children keep. Between after school sports, band, music lessons, youth activities, and a host of other extra-curricular activities, it's hard to keep up with their schedules.  Dottie and I remember when David and Mark were on two different basketball teams and Donna was a cheerleader. What fun it was trying to coordinate 3 different practices and game schedules.

 

Some are stressed because of the health of parents.  Mom or Dad might be in a nursing home or in a hospital needing your attention.  They might be living at home, and needing your care.

There's also stress caused when you or someone you love is fighting serious illness.

 

Then there's the job, and the church and home improvement projects! Each of these demands time and involvement and there are times when we have 2 or 3 or more of these stress-causing things all happening at once! It's no wonder so many of us feel stressed!

 

We cannot escape stressful situations. Job 5:7, James 1:2-4, John 16:33

 

Has it ever occurred to you that Jesus came to relieve stress?

Has it ever occurred to you that the Bible was written to help relieve your stress?

Has it ever occurred to you that God wants to handle your stress? Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 11:28-30

Isaiah 26:3 - "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee."

 

Stress relief comes when we get our thoughts off the stress-causing difficulties in life and on to our wonderful God!  When our mind is centered on the Lord our hearts will be at peace. Our minds will be centered on the Lord when they are centered on God's Word.

 

Our text is 1 Peter 1:18-23.  In the previous verses, Peter made an appeal for Christians to live holy lives. 1 Peter 1:15-16

In the rest of this chapter Peter gives us some reasons for living holy lives. But Peter is also showing us 4 wonderful things which, if we focus on them, will help relieve the pressures of stress. We must get our minds off our problems and challenges and on to what God has done and wants us to do.

 

The four wonderful things that God wants us to see are:

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL REDEMPTION - Vss. 18--19

Peter begins by talking about his readers' redemption.  The word redemption has to do with the payment of a ransom to set free a slave.  With the exception of our Lord Jesus, every man was born in bondage to sin. Ephesians 2:1-3

 

Peter here reminds the Christian that he or she was not redeemed by anything corruptible, like money!  As permanent as gold and silver seem to be, they will eventually perish.

In Peter's day, money could pay for the freedom of a slave. Just as money today can buy the freedom of a captive. But money could not and can not buy the freedom from the bondage of sin and death.

 

The word "conversation" in this verse means "manner of life".

Money can not begin to pay for the sins of a vain or empty manner of life. And we received this vain or empty manner of life by tradition from our fathers.  The sinful, empty way of life goes back to Adam! Romans 5:12

 

Christian, your redemption, your freedom from the penalty of sin and your place in Heaven was secured by the precious blood of Christ! (Vs. 19)  Why was the blood of Christ precious? Jesus Christ is God! It is God's blood that saved you! Are you stressed? Think of how much God loves you! He gave His own blood that you might have forgiveness of sins and everlasting life!

 

This blood was like that of a lamb.  From Adam on, animals, often lambs were offered as sacrifices for sin.  God required the Jews to offer blood sacrifices of animals. These were a picture of THE LAMB, the Lord Jesus Christ, who would come to pay for sin. (John 1:29) The particular lamb in view here is probably the Passover Lamb. You might remember that a lamb for each family was offered by the nation of Israel, and the blood was placed on the doorposts. When the Angel of Death came by, he passed over those that had the blood on them. That lamb had to be a lamb without blemish and spot, a perfect sacrifice. Jesus was perfect. Jesus was blameless. Jesus was pure.

 

The Lord Jesus did not deserve to die! He died voluntarily in our place as our lamb! John 10:17-18, 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Christian, are you stressed?

Think of this - Jesus died in your place as the perfect sacrifice for you sins.

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL REVELATION - Vss. 20-21

Vs. 20 - There are times when unforeseen emergencies arise, and we need to react.  For instance, there have been times when we have had unexpected company. Sometimes Dottie has had food on hand that she could serve. Other times, we have ended up taking folks out to eat. We were taken by surprise.

 

Man's failure in the garden did not take God by surprise.

The need of a redeemer did not take God by surprise.

Jesus was foreordained as the "Lamb of God". God had planned ahead!

Although redemption was planned so far in advance, it wasn't revealed until the time of Peter. It has now been revealed in these last times.

 

Vs. 21 - To whom has this redemption been revealed? To those who believe in God, by Him!

Notice that true belief in God is by Christ! Redemption has been revealed to those who believe in God, through faith in His Son! John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 3:36

 

And notice we believe in God who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead and gave Him glory. He sits at the right hand of the throne of God.

And notice that if you are a Christian, your faith and hope is in God!

Your faith and hope is in God for eternal life!

If your faith and hope is in God for the most important issue, eternal life, shouldn't your faith in hope be in God for every issue? If you can trust God with your soul, you can trust God with every thing else! This is another wonderful reminder when we are stressed! Proverbs 3:5-6

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL REGENERATION - Vs. 23

When stressed, it helps to remember who we are!

 

On a cold snowy day in January in 1998 the phone rang. It was my father-in-law. He said that the hospital called saying that Dottie's Mom had passed away. I called the hospital and verified that she had died. There was no misunderstanding. Then I called my Mom.  As I started to tell her, I started to cry.  Why? Because after all those years of being an adult I still knew who I was. I was her son. I could cry in front of her. She was and is still my Mommy.

 

This verse talks about being "born again". When a person trusts Christ as Savior, he or she is born into the family of God. We literally become children of God! John 3 tells us that this new birth is the work of the Spirit of God. This verse tells us that this new birth is also the work of the Word of God. God's Spirit uses God's Word to bring about the second birth. John 1:12-13

 

Another word for being born again is regeneration.

What does regeneration have to do with stress?

When you are stressed, you are still a child of God.

God is still taking care of you.

He is still in control. We can relax!

We can come crying to Him as our "Daddy". (In Romans 8:15 the word "Abba" means "Daddy".)

Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 121

 

GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL RESPONSIBILITY - Vs. 22

The word "love" used here the first time is the Greek word "phileo". This word means to like or have a fondness for someone else.

 

We have been born into a Spiritual family, the family of God, which is naturally fond of each other. When we obeyed the truth of the Gospel we purified our souls. The end result was a natural fondness for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

We are to take that fondness, that liking a step further.

We are to go on to loving one another with a pure heart fervently. The Greek word for love (The second time the word is used in this verse.) here is agape.  It means the highest form of love. Our love should be unselfish and giving to other Christians. Agape love is the kind of love God shows to us.

 

What does that have to do with stress?

Most times when we get stressed, we are worried about ourselves.

However, when we use our times of stress to reach out and love others, we will find that the stress will be relieved.

 

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1 Peter 1:23-2:3

ON A DIET?

 

Those of you on the Internet might want to check out the diet illustrations found at http://bible.org/illus/d/d-55.htm#TopOfPage. I used a couple of the illustrations here when I prepared this message recently.

 

We certainly live in a diet-conscious era.

People diet to lose weight.

People diet to control sugar.

People diet to control cholesterol.

People diet to feel good and to stay healthy.

 

And by the way, everyone has a diet. It is either a good diet or a bad diet, but we all have a diet!

 

I jokingly say, "I'm on a sea food diet; I see food and I eat it!"

 

Not only do we have a food diet, but we also have a Spiritual diet.

What we feed our minds will affect how we think, how we act, and what we say.

 

For the Christian, the primary ingredient in his Spiritual diet should be the Word of God.

Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:1-2, 119:15-16, John 15:7, 2 Timothy 4:2

 

Our diet should include:

The reading of the Word of God

Memorization and Meditation upon the Word of God

Listening to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God

 

According to our text, we discover that our diet of the Word of God should be:

 

A RELIABLE DIET - 1:23-25

 

There are all sorts of diets that people try.

There has been the grapefruit diet.

There are low fat diets, and low cholesterol diets.

There are low salt diets.

And recently I heard that there is an aspirin diet, but don't try it. They say it has no value.

 

Our diet should be a healthy diet.  It should be good enough to take care of our physical needs.  It needs to be reliable.  We should try no diet unless we know it can be trusted.

When we feed ourselves spiritually with the Word of God, we have a reliable diet.

 

A person who is "born again" or "saved" he or she becomes a child of God. Vs. 23, 1 John 1:12-13

 

When a person realizes he or she is a sinner, that Christ had died for his or her sins and rose again and then trusts Christ as Savior, he or she is born again.  It is the work of the Spirit of God who uses the Word of God.

 

That's why this verse tells us that we are born again by God's Word.  But see what the Word of God is. It is "incorruptible seed".

God's word is not corrupt or faulty in any way!

God's word is dependable. According to this verse, God's word lives and abides forever.

 

1 Peter 1:24-25 is quoting from Isaiah 40. Man is like grass. Eventually he will fade away. The Word of God, however endures forever! It is permanent, and therefore reliable.

(For some more ways that the Word of God is reliable check out 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Psalm 19:7-11. I suggest you share these with your listeners.)

 

A RESTRICTED DIET - 2:1

 

About 2 years ago I ended up in the hospital.  The food wasn't very good there because I was on a restricted diet. There were certain things they weren't going to let me eat!  The reason for a restricted diet was for my own physical health. In order for you and I to grow Spiritually, and to be all that God wants us to be, He wants us to be on a restricted diet.  There are things that just don't belong in the life of the Christian.

 

Peter says that there are certain things that we are to "lay aside" or put out of our lives.

 

We are lay aside all malice. Malice is any kind of wickedness or evil that is lurking inside of us. It needs to be confessed and forsaken.  Evil and malicious thoughts often lead to evil and malicious actions. If we have actually committed any evil and malicious actions, these too need to be confessed, made right, and forsaken.

 

We are to lay aside all guile. Guile is deceit. We are not to deceive others. We are not to lie. We are not to promote falsehood in any way. It is to be put away from us.

 

We are to lay aside hypocrisy. This term comes from the Greek stage or theatre.  A hypocrite was an actor. He pretended to be someone he was not.

 

Sometimes we pretend to understand when we don't understand.

We pretend to love another person when we don't.

We pretend to be more spiritual than another is when we are not.

We pretend to be concerned when we could care less.

We pretend to love the Lord when we don't love the Lord!

Often our words do not match what we actually think or feel!

God says to restrict this from our diets!

 

We also have to beware of jealousy or envy.

All too often we are jealous because someone else has what we want.

We are jealous if someone else is asked to do something and we are not.

We are jealous if someone else gets the raise or promotion and we don't.

We are jealous when other people are spoken well of and we are not mentioned.

Jealousy will lead us to do and say things that we will be sorry about later!

 

We are to lay aside all evil speaking.  It's so easy to say things that aren't true. It's so easy to say things that are critical. It's so easy to say things because we have been hurt.

It's so easy to say things that aren't necessary. It's so easy to say things that will make us look good and someone else look bad.

 

A RECEIVED DIET - 2:2

 

In physical sense there are people who have been given a diet to follow but haven't. That includes myself. We have been told to eat certain things and stay away from other certain things, but we haven't done it.  A diet will do you no good unless you receive or accept it!

 

We are told here in this verse how to receive God's Word. We are to receive it as "new born babes". A newborn babe is enthusiastic about Mamma's milk. A newborn babe likes to eat! We are to be equally enthused and receptive of God's Word! Why should we crave the sincere or pure milk of the Word of God? Because pure milk causes us to grow!

 

A REASONABLE DIET - 2:3

 

Is God being unreasonable when He expects us to desire His Word?

Of course not! When you were born again the Spirit of God used the Word of God.

You tasted that the Lord is gracious! You received forgiveness of sin and new life.

If by God's grace you tasted of the Lord's grace from the word of God once, shouldn't you continue to taste of His grace through His Word? Of course!

 

We should be able to say with Jeremiah in Jeremiah 15:16, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts."

 

 

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1 Peter 1:24-2:3

THE WORD

 

PERMANENCE OF THE WORD Vss. 24-25

PURIFICATION TO RECEIVE THE WORD Vs. 1

PERSISTENCE IN THE WORD Vs. 2

PROOF THROUGH THE WORD Vs. 3

The Christian who is constantly in the Word of God is proving that he or she has truly "tasted that the Lord is gracious."

 

 

 

 

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