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Our Lasting Inheritance
YES ... THERE IS HOPE!
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Peter 1.3-9
July 30, 2006
When suffering strikes .... when trials and troubles come .. the one question we want answered is: is there any hope? That's what those scattered saints wanted to know .. and who blames them?
After all .. they were facing persecution for following Jesus Christ as their savior! In fact .. it was their persecution that scattered them throughout modern day Turkey.
They were a Displaced .. Discouraged .. Dejected .. Desolate ... Despised people. Perhaps tonight you could say, "Pastor, that sounds very much like my life these days. I try to stand up for the Lord and morality where I work or attend school and I feel a little displaced and desolate. It feels sometimes like I'm the only one standing up for what's good and godly."
Well .. let me remind you what Peter says in 1 Peter 1.1, ‘Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion ..." The Greek word that is translated "pilgrims" speaks of "sojourners, resident aliens."
When Jesus Christ comes into your life .. along with that salvation comes a new citizenship. Philippians 3.20, "For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." No wonder Peter is going to tell us in 1 Peter 4.4, "In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you."
The more you love Jesus and walk with Jesus and serve Jesus and worship Jesus ... the more un-at-home you're going be in this ole world. You're going to be like a square peg trying to fit into a round whole.
Have you ever been somewhere and something inside of you said, "I don't belong here." Well .. once you come to know Jesus Christ intimately ... what once made you comfortable will make you uncomfortable. That's why there are so many unhappy Christians today. It's because they are trying to be comfortable i ...
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