IN LIGHT OF THE END
I Peter 4:7-11
November 29, 1992
INTRODUCTION: Peter had seen the Lord ascend from the Mount of
Olives until He vanished in a cloud. He had heard angels repeat
the promise of the Lord that He would come again. The whole
N.T. emphasizes the expectation of the Lord's return. This
passage reminds believers as to how they are to live "in light
of the end." Remember, the church was going through a period of
severe persecution, however, God was using it to humble the
Christians, and as we will see in this text, to harmonize the
church. Believe me, when this happens, it always honors the
This passage is a constant reminder that no matter what
interpretation we give to the prophetic Scriptures, we must all
live in expectancy. The important thing is that we shall see
the Lord one day and stand before Him. How we live and serve
today will determine how we are judged and rewarded on that day.
One of the main motivating factors in the life of the early
believers was that they expected Jesus to return in their
Romans 13:12, "The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let
us, therefore, cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on
the armor of light."
In light of the end, how then shall we live?
I. LIVE PRAYERFULLY. v.7
A. IN LIGHT OF HIS RETURN.
"end" - Romans 13:11, "And that, knowing
the time, that now it is
high time to awake out of sleep;
for now is our salvation nearer
than when we believed."
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