God's Word Will Change Your Life!
1 Peter 1:23-25
ILL.- The father of five children had won a toy at a raffle. He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present.
"Who is the most obedient?" he asked. "Who never talks back to mother? Who does everything she says?"
Five small voices answered in unison. "Okay, dad, you get the toy."
We have been studying in the first Epistle of Peter, and we are examining the hope of the Christian. If you will remember, Simon Peter is writing to persecuted believers who are in Asia Minor, which is modern day Turkey. They have been persecuted for their confession of Christ, and some have even been hunted down like dogs, and thrown to the wild animals. Others have been covered with tar and lit for lamp stands in Nero's; gardens of Rome. Other Christians had been covered with animal skins, and tossed in the arena, having their limbs literally town apart to appease the sensuality of the Roman Emperor, and citizenship. So when a person announced their conversion to Christ in this first century, it often meant real, physical persecution and death.
Peter has reminded these believers what it means to be saved. God planned for our salvation even before He created the world. He provided for it with the blood of Christ, and now they can be encouraged with the hope of the Lord, that even though they were suffering, they would be blessed and encouraged by the mighty power of God!
Have you noticed that everything seems to get older and older? Have you felt a little worn out lately? Anyone here notice that everyone else besides you look as if they are getting older but you still look the same? Raise your hand if that if true. Jerry Gaines mentioned this the other week when he said that he attended a high school reunion and all of his classmates had aged tremendously, and that he was the only one who still looked like he did when he was in high school. Now we smi ...
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