by Jerry Vines

I Peter 1:3-9
The book of I Peter as we recall has been written to a group
of believers who are going through a hard time. They have been
scattered into other places. They are being persecuted for their
faith. So the Spirit of God inspires Simon Peter to write a book
of encouragement. And to show them that God has a purpose for the
sufferings and the trails and for the trouble which come their way.
Now at the outset of the letter Simon Peter sets before us the
wonderful glories of the salvation we enjoy. In the second verse
of the chapter we saw the work of the trinity in our salvation.
We saw that you and I are saved because of the foreknowledge of
God the Father, the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and the
sprinkling of the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Now at this point Simon Peter expands on that three-fold out-
line in the remaining verses of the chapter. He deals with the
subject of regeneration. Then he will move to the subject of
sanctification and then he will conclude the chapter dealing with
the matter of redemption through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
So let's look at this great passage on regeneration or salvation
in verse three.
*0Bli-s be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which
according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living
hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an in-
heritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away,
reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through
faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein
ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in
heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith,
being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be
tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at
the appearing of Jesus Christ; Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom
though you see ...

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