God Has Spoken
God Has Spoken
1 Peter 1:10-12
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son - Hebrews 1:1
In this you greatly rejoice
Blessed be the God and
the father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Who gave us birth
class=Section2> - according to his great mercy
unto a living hope
- through the resurrection of the Jesus Christ
from the dead
unto an imperishable, unspoiling and unfading inheritance
which is kept in heaven for you\ by God’ power
through faith in the salvation prepared to be revealed
at the end
Even though now
for a little while
you have been distressed by
so that the proof of our faith
being more precious than gold which is perishable even though tested by fire may be found to result in praise and glory and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ
You love him and believe I Him
even though you haven’t seen him
You greatly rejoice with joy
Inexpressible and full of glory
Obtaining the salvation of you r souls
which is the outcome of your faith
The grandeur of this salvation is made even more obvious as Peter notes the agents engaged in the ministry of redemption
-Prophets from the beginning
-evangelists in the fulness of time
-angels throughout watching and inquiring
All overshadowed and energized by the ever present Spirit of Christ
Now concerning this salvation
This salvation that they were experiencing was something the prophets of old admired and anticipated; something they had prophesied.
We will use an outline taken right out of Scripture. In fact it is an outline given to us by Peter, himself.
Concerning this Salvation . . .
It Was Spoken of by the Prophets
God’s been talking about this salvation for a long time.
The prophets were:
a. proclaimers of divine revelation
b. revelators of God’s will in the present and his plan for the future
c. announcers of judgement
The future aspect of the prophets’ ministry was of crucial importance since it provided a solid foundation for the authentication of the Christian message.
We are all aware of the odds of even one prophecy coming true.
What about several?
This is what Jesus was speaking of when he took the Scriptures and explained his death and resurrection.
As the Holy Spirit Guided Them
God’s made sure the message was truthful and accurately proclaimed.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable . . . so we may be
How does Peter show his agreement with that statement?
2 Peter 1:21
2 Peter 3:14 ff.
And is not a matter of our own interpretation
We would do well to discover what he said and stand firm on its message
What does this mean to us today?
Pluralism: The result of the modernizing and secularizing forces in our world.
The core values and theology that have held the branches of knowledge and behavior and given some sense of unity to the masses of the Western world have been pushed out.
What remains? Options - not truth.
An example of this is in the statement: “All religions lead to the same God and to heaven.”
We settle for a kind of friendliness, afraid to speak of absolutes because of the demands of social etiquette.
What is needed is a compassionate announcement. Otherwise a timid or fearful suggestion about the gospel falls into one more slot of the pluralist organization.
We need to ask God for the courage to proclaim his truth with boldness and love, and to announce that truth to a society that is crippled with options.
He who believes - not judged
He who does not believe - judged already
Crisis: light has come into the world