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OUR HOPE IN HIS GRACE, Part I (5 of 6)
1 Peter 1:13-16
November 11, 2001
INTRODUCTION: Believers, having received the gift of
salvation, cannot take this treasure for granted.
They are children of God and are expected to do the
will of their Heavenly Father. In the first section
of this chapter Peter emphasized walking in hope, but
now his emphasis is walking in holiness. The two go
together, for "everyone that has this hope in Him
purifies himself, just as He is pure." (1 John 3:3)
Peter reminds these Asia Minor Christians of the
immeasurable gift of salvation which God had provided.
However, an irresponsible receiver of gifts will not
long glory in the gift. God's gift of salvation comes
through free grace. Once a person decides to accept
the gift, they must assent to the responsibilities
that come with heirship.
The Apostle Peter places the major challenge of
holiness in the context of our Hope. The hope of the
Christian is in "the grace that is to be brought to
you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." (13) The
return of Christ should have a threefold effect on the
1. It should constrain them to obey God. 13
Philippians 2:12-13, "Therefore, my beloved, as you
have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but
now much more in my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who
works in you both to will and to do for His good
2. To forsake sin. 14
Romans 12:2, "And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
you may prove what is that good and acceptable and
perfect will of God."
3. To be holy. 15
The Christian conduct is marked by a turning or a
change which takes one in an upward direction.
Peter draws a clear picture of the fact that with my
salvation there comes a great privilege coupled with
I. THE EXHORTATION OF GRAC ...
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