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THE INFLUENCE OF HIS PROMISES (2 of 6)
1 Peter 4:7-9
May 26, 2002
INTRODUCTION: If I believe the first part of verse 7,
it will challenge me to a deeper commitment and, I
believe, lead to a change in my own personal devotion
to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Peter had seen the Lord Jesus ascend from the Mount of
Olives until He vanished in a cloud. He had heard
angels repeat the promise of the Lord that he would
come again. The whole N.T. emphasizes the expectation
of the Lord's return. This passage reminds believers
as to how they are to live "in light of the end."
Remember, the church in Peter's day was going through
a period of severe persecution, however, God was using
it to HUMBLE THE CHRISTIANS and, as we will see in
this text, to HARMONIZE THE CHURCH. Believe me, when
this happens, it always HONORS THE CHRIST OF THE
This passage is a constant reminder that no matter
what interpretation we give to the prophetic
Scriptures (eschatology), we must all live in
expectancy. The important thing is that we shall see
the Lord one day and stand before Him. How we live
and serve today will determine how we are judged and
rewarded on that day. One of the main motivating
factors in the life of the early believers was that
they expected Jesus to return in their lifetime.
Romans 13:12, "The night is far spent, the day is at
hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness,
and let us put on the armor of light."
How shall we then live?
I. LIVE PRAYERFULLY. 7
A. IN LIGHT OF HIS RETURN.
"end" - word is never used in the N.T. as a
chronological end, as if something simply stops.
Instead, the word means a consummation, a goal
achieved, a result attained, or a realization. Having
emphasized triumphant suffering through death, Peter
here begins to emphasize triumphant suffering through
the second coming of Christ, which is the goal of all
Romans 13:11 ...
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