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PRACTICING THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST (3 of 7)
1 Peter 3:13-14; 16-17
May 5, 2002
INTRODUCTION: When Jesus Christ is Lord of our lives,
each crisis becomes an opportunity for witness. These
verses magnify suffering for right and wrong, This
passage also serves as a main section of God's grace
in suffering. They introduce the important spiritual
principle that the fear of the Lord conquers every
other fear. Peter quoted Isaiah 8:13-14 to back up
the admonition in this passage.
Isaiah 8:13-14, "The LORD of hosts, Him you shall
hallow; let Him be your fear, and let Him be your
dread. He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone of
stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of
Israel, as a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of
The setting of the Isaiah quotation is significant.
Ahaz, King of Judah, faced a crisis because of an
impending invasion by the Assyrian army. The kings of
Israel and Syria wanted Ahaz to join them in an
alliance, but Ahaz refused; so Israel and Syria
threatened to invade Judah. Behind the scenes, Ahaz
confederated himself with Assyria. The prophet Isaiah
warned him against ungodly alliances and urged him to
trust God for deliverance.
Isaiah 8:13, "Sanctify the Lord of hosts (armies)
Himself, and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your
As Christians, we are faced with crises, and we are
tempted to give in to our fears and make the wrong
I. PROMISE. 13a
"And who is he who will harm you if you become
followers of what is good?"
Romans 8:31, "What then shall we say to these things?
If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Question is rhetorical. As the 16th century Scottish
Reformer John Knox used to say, "With God on his side
man is always in the majority."
It is unusual for people to mistreat those who are
zealous for good. Even a hostile world is slow to
hurt people who are benefactors of society ...
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