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ATTRACTING OTHERS WHILE PASSING THROUGH (4 of 6)
1 Peter 2:11-12
January 13, 2002
INTRODUCTION: The power which transforms the entire
personality of the one who yields himself to Christ is
not only miraculous, it is marvelous! We can't help
but sense something of this change in the life of the
Apostle Peter. Recall his hard nature, impetuous,
self-willed, and unpredictable. What a contrast now.
The rocklike will of former years is now broken,
matured in the love of Christ. The braggart has
learned humility. Peter has become a usable
instrument in the hands of his Master. Possessed by
the Spirit of God, he has been mellowed until God's
love pours forth in compassionate yearning for all
believers to enjoy the same experience.
We are obligated (divine imperative) to reveal the
truth to others in the beauty of TRANSFORMED LIVES.
I. THE EXHORTATION FOR THE CHALLENGE. 11
A. THE MOTIVATION FOR THE CHALLENGE. 11a
"Beloved" - God's dearly beloved children; strongest
N.T. word for His love for us. Peter reminded his
readers of God's love for them on 8 different
occasions in I & II Peter.
NOTE: In ourselves, there is nothing that God can
love; but He loves us because of Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:17, "For He received from God the Father
honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the
Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am
Now, because of our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and
Savior, we are "accepted in the beloved."
Ephesians 1:6, "to the praise of the glory of His
grace, by which He has made us accepted in the
(He showed grace (favor) upon us)
B. THE INVITATION FOR THE CHALLENGE. 11b
"I beg you" - to call to one's side; to give an
invitation; this invitation is extended in the gentle
and sweet demeanor of one who calls his listeners
C. THE INSPIRATION FOR THE CHALLENGE.
"as sojourners an ...
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