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A HOLY, HUMBLE HEART FOR GOD (4 of 7)
1 Peter 3:15
May 12, 2002
INTRODUCTION: In this text we see a picture of a
heart and life where Christ rules.
Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and
His righteousness, and all these things shall be added
Ephesians 3:16-17, "that He would grant you, according
to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with
might through His Spirit in the inner man, that
Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that
you, being rooted and grounded in love."
Translation: "That Christ may settle down and be at
home in your hearts by faith." His living in our
hearts is, indeed, a call to holy living.
Simon Peter gives us a photograph of the surrendered
Note several words that describe it:
I. DEVOTION OF THE HEART TO CHRIST AS
"Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts"
This expression is strange to our ears since we
think of man rather than God needing
Idea is that God is to be given a special place
in the disciple's heart. It means to turn
everything over to Him and to live only to please
Him and glorify Him.
It means to fear displeasing Him rather than fear what
man might do to us.
This word "sanctify" was used in pagan Greek religions
of the act of setting apart a building as a temple,
thus designating it as religious in character, to be
used for religious purposes.
Sanctify is an imperative with the root meaning being
that of "separation" or "distinction." To honor;
acknowledge as holy; set apart. Means giving first
place to Him in obedience of life.
"the Lord God" - sanctify Christ as Lord; Lord God
translates Lord Christ in the Greek. The exhortation
is to set apart Christ as Lord in the heart. Lord
translates (Kurios), here referring to Christ as the
Jehovah of the Old Testament. Peter was exhorting the
Christians to set apart their Messiah, ...
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