by Daniel Rodgers

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How, Then, Shall We Live? (3 of 13)
Dan Rodgers
I Peter 1:17-25
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we had looked at (vv. 10-16), with Peter's discussion of the Old Testament prophets and their diligent search for the time and fulfillment of the promise concerning the coming Messiah. It was prophesied that through Him, through Christ, salvation and forgiveness of sin would come. Notice again, (vv. 10, 11), Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: [11] Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

We are reminded of the words of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah; Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. [11] He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities (Isaiah 53:10, 11).
This salvation, Peter reminds them, is the salvation they presently possess. What a joy! What a blessing! What a gift! Keep in mind, these people were enduring tremendous persecution and suffering. The purpose of Peter's letter, in part, is to encourage them in the faith and keep them steadfast and strong. Even though, for the present time, they were suffering, they had a bright future. Look back at (vv. 6-9).

Listen, you may be going through times of testing, life may not be so easy for you, but cheer up, consider your salvation. There is no greater gift given to man. Because we are saved, we have a glorious prospect. Peter said in (vs. 13), Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for ...

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