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Series: Dynamic Truths For Difficult Times
1 Peter 1:1-9
Today I want to begin a brand new series of messages in the book of I Peter. So I want you to take your Bible and turn to I Peter 1:1. As I examine the book of I Peter, I see that it is tremendously applicable to our lives because I Peter was written to people who were going through trials, people who were going through times of trouble, times of testing. And I believe that is exactly how many people are today. All of us have that element in our life. And as we look at this passage, I want us to think about it under the title "Twice-Born People In A Once-Born World" because some of the trials that come our way come because we are twice-born people but we live in a once-born world. This world is not our home.
1 Peter 1:1-9 "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,"
God calls us here strangers, pilgrims, and sojourners. And so we are living in hostile territory. We are sailing through troubled waters and there is danger lurking on every hand. The Christians are in this world but we are not of this world, therefore, we need to understand what our relationship to this world ought to be. So today all of these truths that we are going to lift out of the Bible study time will be truths that regard our relationship in this world.
I. SELECTED BEFORE THE LORD
Notice first of all that we were selected before the world. Look in verse 2, it says, "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied." And there you see the work of the Holy Trinity in our salvation. You see that God the Father thought it and God the Holy Spirit wrought it and God the Son bought it through His blood that He shed on Calvary's ...
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