Simon Says – Part 1
In this series, we will be focusing on the New Testament book of 1 Peter. Peter’s profound and practical words will provide a significant and solid foundation to our faith and life. This message focuses on the two important opening verses as they will pave the way for the rest of the series.
Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter
1 Peter 1:1-2 An Introduction
Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – Jan. 11th, 2015
- Importance of the word of God . . .
- The book of 1st Peter provides for us a wealth of teaching about the life of Christians in God and in society, and about facing opposition in God’s strength. It points vividly to the significance of the sufferings of Christ and to the hope generated through faith in him.
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Author and Background
- Peter –
- Who was once called Simon, hence the title “Simon Says”
- Peter is easily the most prominent of Jesus’s disciples. He appears in the Gospels more frequently than all the other disciples’ combined. Peter receives special attention in many situations during the life of Jesus, and he is often the spokesperson for the other disciples. In every list of Jesus’s twelve disciples, his name appears first. He is the first to profess genuine faith in Jesus, always the first to answer Jesus, and named first by Paul as the witness to Jesus’s resurrection.
- One of the first called by Jesus, heard all teaching, saw the miracles, was there when his mother in law healed, walked on water, had his feet washed by Jesus, he was a close friend of Jesus, witnessed the transfiguration, was with him in the garden, saw him questioned and beaten, denied Jesus three times, was in the empty tomb, reinstated three times, saw Jesus ascend into heaven , was there at the day of Pentecost, preached the first sermon, healed a lame man, preached fearlessly for Christ, was imprisoned for preaching, freed from prison by an angels, received visions from heaven, converted the first gentile, organized and lead the church, beheaded in Rome.
- An Apostle – delegate / ambassador / commissioner / representative
- Of Jesus Christ – the messiah
- This is who He is sent by / appointed by not on his own authority
- so meaning that He is still alive
- He wrote this book later in his life from a prison in Rome “Babylon” and was sent out by the help and hand of Silas (I Peter 5:12) to the church throughout modern day turkey (Slide)
To God’s elect
- Elect simply means those who are “Chosen”
- Throughout the Bible chosen is the intimate term most often used to speak of those whom God loves.
- Let that fact sink in to you, that you were chosen by God to be a part of His team
- Like the NFL draft day
- But it is even more astounding that that, we are chosen to be a part of His family
- Like an orphan looking for a home
- You should take great encouragement and strength knowing that your being in Christ is not by change but by divine design. It was His idea and not yours. He initiated the contacted and called out to you.
John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him
Matt 11:27 no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Eph 1:3-6 (NLV)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
- So how do you know . . . . if you have received him you are
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
Rom 8:33-34 (NLV)
Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Strangers in the world
- We are elect outsiders / resident foreigners / legal aliens / pilgrims on the planet / in the world but not of the world / we are strangers (and some are stranger than others) – those alongside and close to others . . . but not the same as . . .
- You should be acting differently . . . come along with a different spirit . . . .
- Scattered – displaced . . .
- like from a mixer –
- like yeast – throughout –
- intentionally spread out –
- He has to shatter us to scatter us
- Tower of Babble to Jerusalem
- We are hardwired to hang on our default is defense and we fear what we don’t understand
- God shatter our hearts so that we go beyond the safety of our boarders
We are God’s chosen children who are strangers to this world scattered throughout this world being Chosen by God Changed by the spirit Commissioned to the Son and Cleansed by His blood
2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:
The whole trinity is involved in this process . . .
Chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father
- Who knows everything before it happened
- This is why prophecy works . . .
- Now do we do things because He knows we will or does He know we will because we do things
- Great debate
- But know this, you are not an afterthought but a forethought
Through the sanctifying work of the Spirit
- Process of purification
- Sanctification is the continued transformation of moral and spiritual character so that the life of the believer actually comes to mirror the standing which he or she already has in God’s sight.
- This is one of the things that the Holy Spirit does . . . .
For obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood
- Believers in Christ are called to obedience to him
- This is the What Would Jesus Do
- This is giving our lives for you – Jesus what do you want done with . . . .
- If you are a genuine believer you are called to obedience to Jesus Christ, period.
- Sanctification and Justification
- Sanctification is a process Justification is a position – a one-time event that gives us right sanding before God.
Answer the question as to why this information is important
- Encouragement – to know that you are called by God, chosen in Him
- Confidence – in who you are . . . and whose you are – and what you believe –
- Conviction – knowing that you are to report into to Jesus Christ – you are called
- Empowerment – to do what he has asked you to
- Application – recommit yourselves to the plan and purposes of God (have them stand and pray)