It Will Be Worth It All (3 of 8) by Johnny Hunt

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IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL (3 of 8)
Johnny Hunt
1 Peter 5:4-7
August 18, 2002

INTRODUCTION: Peter is certain that the work
of the Shepherd is to be performed against the
backdrop of the return of Christ and the
unfading reward which He shall bring. With
this in mind, I must never forget:

"This is my Father's world,
O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet."

This passage paints a clear picture of the
"Expectation of the Shepherd." We see a
glorious prospect; our future is as bright as
the promises of God. The return of Christ
calls us to a life of submission. One that is
characterized by biblical humility; that
promises God's mighty hand upon our lives,
along with a lifting to a new level of
service.

The Apostle Peter even mentions what humility
looks like and defines it in a fresh, new,
encouraging way.

Now, "His" beloved flock, hear me! "It will
be worth it all."

I. THE APPEARING OF THE CHIEF SHEPHERD. 4

In the Old Testament we were taught the
INCARNATION: God in flesh. God came TO us.
IMMANUEL: God WITH us

Throughout the New Testament we are taught the
REVELATION: God coming FOR us.

A. RETURN: APPEARING

"when the Chief Shepherd appears" - not if,
but when.

"Appear" - visible return; to manifest.

Remember, 1 Peter is the epistle of hope. His
coming is an encouragement in suffering and a
motivation for faithful service.

1 Peter 1:6-7, "In this you greatly rejoice,
though now for a little while, if need be, you
have been grieved by various trials, that the
genuineness of your faith, being much more
precious than gold that perishes, though it is
tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor,
and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

There are five different words used to
describe the return of Christ. In Heb. 10:37,
"coming"; 2 Thess. 2:8, "glorious display"; 1
Cor. 15:23, "presence" and "to unveil"; ...


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