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BLESS THE LORD FOR HIS BENEFITS (1 of 6)
I Peter 1:3-5
October 7, 2001
INTRODUCTION: Psalms 103:1-2, "Bless the LORD, O my
soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His
What a tremendous contrast to Malachi 3:14
Malachi 3:14, " You have said, 'It is useless to serve
God; what profit is it that we have kept His
ordinance, and that we have walked as mourners before
the LORD of hosts?"
The Apostle Peter, in the context of first century
persecution and trials, writes words of encouragement
inspired by God. The theme of suffering runs
throughout the letter, but so also does the theme of
glory. Peter is preeminently the apostle of hope, as
Paul is the apostle of faith, and John of love. As
believers, we have a living hope because we trust a
living Christ. According to 1 Peter 3:15, we must not
be ashamed of our hope but ready to explain it and
The five chapters of 1 Peter is going to serve as a
strong reminder that suffering does not automatically
bring glory to God and blessings to God's people.
Some believers have fainted and fallen in times of
trials and have brought shame to the name of Christ.
It is only when we depend on the grace of God that we
can glorify God in times of suffering. In 1 Peter
5:12, "I have written to you briefly, encouraging you
and testifying that this is the true grace of God.
Stand fast in it."
The word grace is used in each of the five chapters of
1 Peter. Grace is God's generous favor to undeserving
sinners and needy saints. When we depend on God's
grace, we can endure suffering and turn trials into
triumph. It is grace alone that saves us. God's
grace can give us strength in times of trials. Grace
enables us to serve God in spite of difficulties.
KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 5:10, "But may the God of all
grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ
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