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01-04-02, 11:39 PM
Welcome to the very first FNS of the new year. I'm blessed to still be with you. Tonight, we'll be studying something I know at least I need. I'm sure that it will be useful to you as well. I want to look together at 1 Peter 1. It's important to me that we start off the year with proper reverence to the Lord God that has saved us. In my own heart, I know that I have not revered Him enough. The reversal of that is my number one resolution of the new year. I pray that you will also desire greater reverence and fear of the Lord.

1 Peter 1 NLT
1 This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God's chosen people who are living as foreigners in the lands of Pontus, Gillette, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bithynia. 2 God the Father chose you long ago, and the Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed Jesus Christ and are cleansed by his blood. May you have more and more of God's special favor and wonderful peace. 3 All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again. Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead. 4 For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for his children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see. 6 So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. 7 These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold - and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 Your reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 10 This salvation was something the prophets wanted to know more about. They prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you, even though they had many questions as to what it all could mean. 11 They wondered what the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ's suffering and his great glory afterward. They wondered when and to whom all this would happen. 12 They were told that these things would not happen during their lifetime, but many years later, during yours. And now this Good News has been announced by those who preached to you in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen. 13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the special blessings that will come to you at the return of Jesus Christ. 14 Obey God because you are his children. Don't slip back into your old ways of doing evil; you didn't know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God - who chose you to be his children - is holy. 16 For he himself has said, "You must be holy because I am holy." 17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as foreigners here on earth. 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to the earth for all to see. And he did this for you. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God. 22 Now you can have sincere love for each other as brothers and sisters because you were cleansed from your sins when you accepted the truth of the Good News. So see to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts. 23 For you have been born again. Your new life did not come from your earthly parents because the life they gave you will end in death. But this new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 As the prophet says, "People are like grass that dies away; their beauty fades as quickly as the beauty of wallflowers. The grass withers, and the flowers fall away. 25 But the word of the Lord will last forever." And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.

1 Peter 1 KJV 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Gillette, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

In the year past, I'm sure that we've all been brought to remembrance of just how quickly we do all wither away as the flower of grass. Even in our strength, we are not strong enough to halt the cycles of life and death. I think that we can also see that God's Word is plenty true. No matter all there were that would look to kill the Word of God in our country, God's Word prevails today.
To start off, I find it interesting that Peter makes it known that these he writes to are elect according to the foreknowledge of God and that they are rather well scattered about. From the "get go" he's making it known that God does and has always had a plan for that use of His people. Christian, where ever you are today, as bleak or as successful as life may seem for you, know that God has a plan for using you in His kingdom. Peter also does not waste time telling us how we are made fit for God's use. Christ is our sacrifice.
We are cleansed by His Blood and spiritually sanctified by His finished work on the cross. Regardless of the fact that all of these Christians surely face a different set of circumstances in their different life situations, the message to them is the same. We are the ones to whom the mystery of salvation has been revealed. We need to act like it. If we fear God, if we have reverence for what He has done, as the revealed mystery of salvation shows us, to actually give us eternal life and an inheritance in Heaven with Jesus, we need to cast off the old lifestyles we use to live. Though I've been a Christian for many years, I can't claim that I've always done this so well. The fantastic thing about this is that the man that wrote this message, Peter, fell into the same boat as us all. The people Peter writes to, likely stumbled in their walk with Christ too. Nevertheless, the message coming from God is to re-focus. Here we find ourselves at the very infancy of a new year and reeling from great trials in our individual and collective lives. No matter what, the message is the same for us all. Now, more than ever, if you're a Christian, act like it. Be Holy! Don't wallow in the trials or failures of yesterday. Today, be Holy!!!

Trust and Obey,
for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to Trust and Obey


01-06-02, 03:56 PM

I have moved this thread to the Christian Fellowship Board, since this is a discussion and debate forum, I felt your format would be better appreciated at the Fellowship Board.


01-07-02, 01:34 AM
We have two now since I copied the one from the college rage forum :rofl:

Figured it would go good in here as well ;)