The Security of Your Salvation
1 Peter 1:3-5
May 12, 1991
INTRODUCTION: 1 Peter is a book about suffering. Through our first two messages in this book we have learned about, "The Trinity In Your Salvation." The entire first section of this book, 1 Peter 1:1-2:12, we are studying about "The Power Of Salvation." Peter instructs us about the power of salvation so we will prepare our hearts spiritually for suffering in life. How secure is your salvation? How do you even know it is secure? If it is secure, who secures it for you?
T.S.: This is a dynamic passage from God's Word. Look with me as we study it.
I. THE SOURCE OF YOUR SALVATION. (1:3a)
Explain: "Blessed" - this is the word where we get our word for eulogy, which means to be well-spoken of or praised.
"Be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" what Peter is telling you is to "Praise God." Speak well of God!
"Who according to His great mercy" - God's great compassion and love.
"Has caused us to be born again" - notice the words
"has caused us" which means God has done it - drawn us in an unbelievable way.
This is the second time that Peter has called us to seeing that God alone saves us!
Illustration: 1 Peter 1:1-2; Ephesians 1:3-6
Application: The security of your salvation is dependent totally on the source of your salvation which is God.
If you saved yourself there would be no security - If I saved you there would be no security. The source of your salvation is God or you do not have salvation.
II. THE SPIRIT OF YOUR SALVATION. (1 :3b)
Explain: "To be born again" - to regenerate, to give new life to, by the new birth divine life is infused into us. Therefore, since we are newborn, we are babies. Only two times in Scripture is this term used in this exact manner. One here in verse 3 and the other in verse 23.
To be born again we are talking about the Spirit of God giving you life.
"To a living" - meaning it grows. It is sure, certain, real. Six times this term is used in 1 Peter. (1:3, 1:23, 2:4-5, 4:5-6)
"Hope" - means "confident expectation," not "I hope so . . ." Living is a quality or characteristic of hope here in this passage.
* Refers to a living hope that cannot be extinguished by untold circumstances. How do you know it is certain?
"Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" - even as Jesus was raised from the dead I have been given spiritual life. Therefore, I can confidently expect God to preserve me in all circumstances. (1 Corinthians 15:16-17)
Illustration: Word salvation here in verse 3 is a general term. It is the word "soteria." It refers to the three phases of salvation. "I have been saved," "I am being saved," and "I will be saved." All this meaning that God is going to be active in all facets of my life by His Holy Spirit that infuses new life into me.
Application: Two important things to remember: 1. The Holy Spirit giveyou this "new birth" experience. (John 3:3) 2. The H ...
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