Where There Is Life, There Is Growth (13 of 27) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #210, CT 310232

I PETER SERIES, PT. XIII
"Where There is Life, There Is Growth"
(I Peter 2:1-3)

Therefore, putting aside all malice and
all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all
slander,
like newborn babes, long for the pure
milk of the word, that by it you may grow
in respect to salvation,
if you have tasted the kindness of the
Lord.
Many of you have read Lloyd C. Douglas's great novel, The Robe. In it,
you will remember there is a Roman soldier who is stationed in the City
of Jerusalem during the time Jesus Christ enters history. He sees His
life, His death and His resurrection. Shortly thereafter, Marcellus,
the Roman soldier, has an experience with Christ in which he embraces
Him as his Lord and Savior. He becomes a follower and adopts the
Christian way of life.
Word gets back to Rome that Marcellus has become a Christian. He is
engaged to a young lady by the name of Dianna. When he returns to
Rome, she is anxious &o talk to him a-bout Christianity. After he has
told her what has happened and his experience in meeting Christ, she
says, "Well, it is different. And that was a beautiful story, but
let's put all that behind us and think only of the two of us. That all
happened in another place, and let's just forget it ever happened and
make our own plans for the rest of our lives."
Marcellus thinks for a few moments, and then he says: "But I cannot
forget! Something happened there that changed my life and I cannot
pretend it didn't happen. I want to go back."
When you meet Christ, and you experience God, you cannot go back. You
can't pretend that it never happened, that you're no different. You
are different, because God is within you and you can't go back.
Peter is reminding the early Christians that since they have met Christ
and have had a born-again experience, there should be ...


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