The Christian's Security In A Threatening World by Miles Seaborn

Dr. Miles Seaborn
1 Peter 3:13,14

"After all, who in the ordinary way is likely to
injure you for being enthusiastic for good. And if it
should happen you suffer for righteousness' sake, that
is a privilege. You need neither fear their threats
nor worry about them, simply concentrate on being
completely devoted to Christ in your hearts."

INTRO. Again, the theme of Peter's writing in this
first letter surfaces again when we see the word
"suffer." It is associated with that special kind of
suffering which is inflicted upon the innocent and the
holy by those who hate the light flung in on their own
darkness and who want to extinguish God's light in any
way that they can.

In this passage we can see how Peter was soaked in the
Old Testament. There are two Old Testament
foundations for this passage. It is not so much that
Peter actually quotes these Old Testament passages as
that he could not have written these passages at all
unless the Old Testament passages had been in his

ILL. "The Word that Cleanses" A little boy who
learned a memory verse every Sunday had a
problem. He went to his father and said, "Dad, I
learn a memory verse every week, but I cannot
remember it very long. I can remember the one we
had last week which said, 'How good it is to give
thanks to the Lord,' and the one the week before
which said, 'The Lord is my shepherd; I have
everything I need,' but I cannot remember any of
the others that I learned during the year." He
added, "I memorize a great deal of the Bible, the
Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and many
lessons, but they do not stay with me."

The father thought a while and then, pointing to
a wastepaper basket made of reed said, "Son, you
see that wicker basket over there. Take it out
in the kitchen and fill it with water and bring
it to me." The boy looked at the basket and,
s ...

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