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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #199, CT 309112
"I PETER SERIES, PT. II
"Salvation--A Privileged Relationship"
(I Peter 1:3-5)
This is a book about pilgrims, which is what Christians are in the
world, and I believe it can tell us how to live a victorious life
in the midst of tough times. Beginning in Chapter I, let's look
at the last three words of verse 1 and verse 2:
...who are chosen
according to the foreknowledge of God the
Father, by the sanctifying work of the
Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ
and be sprinkled with His blood: May
grace and peace be yours in fullest
In last week's message we talked about our status as pilgrims in the
world--the "oddly godly." We are sojourners, going from one
destination to another, and one of the marks of a Christian is that he
is a pilgrim in the world.
Peter continues to show us in this passage that there are some very
distinctive things in our relationship to Jesus Christ; that salvation
is a wonderful relationship, which helps us to become stabilized in a
world that is very unstable. It helps us to make it when the going is
tough. It gives us faith when we don't understand. It helps us with
stress and tribulation. Everybody has those times, and no one is
immuane. It will come to everyone in thep world,
I. THE BASIS FOR OUR RELATIONSHIP
How, then, shall we live? Peter is saying that you can live this life
successfully, based on a special relationship to Jesus Christ, because
He has chosen you. Let's look at it, because it will help us later
when we talk about relationships to people, to the government, and in
Your Bible may read, "...who are the elect," or "...who are predestined
... by the foreknowledge of God." What is that saying? Does it imply
by "chosen" that some are to be saved and others lost?
There is a lot of confusion at this point. ...
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