A Faith Better Than Gold (5 of 27) by Jim Henry

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A Faith Better Than Gold
I PETER SERIES, PT. V
Jim Henry, Pastor
I Peter 1:7-9

...that the proof of your faith, being more precious
than gold is perishable, even though tested by fire,
may be found to result in praise and glory and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ, and though you have
not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see
Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with
joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the
outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

I. THE CHARACTER OF OUR FAITH

We understand that God has given us several senses:
sound, smell, sight, touch and taste. But there is a
sixth God-given sense, and that is faith and in this
passage of Scripture which really began with Verse 6,
the Apostle Peter is talking about the testing, the
trial and the development of our faith. In our last
study of this epistle we talked about a faith that is
tried. Now we look at a faith that is true. Notice
that in talking about a proof of your faith, Peter
draws a contrast. He compares it with gold. Most
people would say that gold is the most precious thing
a person could own, but Peter says that faith is even
more precious.

You might wonder about Peter's use of the word,
"precious." This old fisherman liked that term, as
unusual as that may seem. He probably called his wife,
"Precious," because seven times in this book he uses
the term. It is a word he liked, and he said that this
is a "precious faith." Better than gold.

Everything that you possess, outside your spirit, you
will lose someday. You cannot hold on to anything,
outside your faith. Some day someone else will live in
your house, sit in your chair, read your books, and do
your job, because everything in this world will pass,
some day. Peter is drawing the contrast between
earthly possessions and faith, which is more precious
than gold.

A preacher said when he was young he heard his pare ...


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