1 Peter 1:10-12

Simon Says – Part 4

Keeping our faith in Jesus during difficult times will result in great future reward and salvation of your soul. Salvation is a future event predicted by ancient prophets who searched intently with the greatest care for what was to come. It was preached in the Gospels by the Holy Spirit and given to us to be lived according to the pattern of Christ – in current sufferings and then future glories. The message of the grace of God through salvation is the most important message of all time that gives us hope for the future and strength for today.

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Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter

1 Peter 1:10-12 Concerning Salvation  

Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – Feb. 8th, 2015

 

Intro:

  • The opening passage of the message of God to his people is powerful and profound. The sovereignty and majesty of God seen is his election and foreknowledge, his power to change our spiritual DNA and a line us with His will.
  • He has given us new birth into a living hope and an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade kept in heaven for us and will be revealed in the last time.
  • In this we have reason to rejoice greatly, even though we may go through difficulties now so that our faith may be proved genuine that will result in praise glory and honor when Jesus is revealed.
    • Anyone can have faith when things are going well, the real test is in where you stand when things do not go well, and this is the true testing of our faith.
  • Peter then goes on to explain some of the backstory of salvation

 

1 Peter 1:10-12 (NIV)

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

 

The purpose of Prophets

  • Prophets are people who speak Gods word
    • Reveled
      • Spending time with God
    • or discovered
      • “searched intently and with the greatest care”
    • They do this to serve other people
      • They don’t do this to serve themselves
    • You also can be a “prophetic” voice to other people

 

The pattern of God

  • The suffering of Christ and the glories what world follow
    • People missed Christ because they failed to see the pattern
    • They failed to see the pattern because they did not want to see the pattern

 

1 Cor 1:27-29 (NIV)

God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.

 

  • Biblical Pattern of Sufferings then Glories
    • The pattern is revealed in the weakness of Abraham, whose “body . . . was already as good as dead” (Rom. 4:16) And in the Shame of Sarah (who was his wife) “was barren; she had no child” (Gen 11:30) but God, the one “who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Rom. 4:17), chooses Abraham and Sarah and gives them the glorious inheritance they were promised.
    • The patter is revealed in Joseph, who is hatted by his brothers, who is cast into a pit, sold into slavery, put into prison, and forgotten, but who is chosen and raised up by God to share in the glory of Pharaoh and received honor from his father and brothers
    • The pattern is revealed in Moses, a fugitive in the wilderness, separated from his own people, whom God chooses to lead the people of Israel out of bondage in Egypt.
    • The patter is revealed in David, the least of the sons of Jesse, who was hunted and persecuted and driving away from his people who God chooses and anoints as the great king of Israel.
    • The sufferings of the messiah were reviled throughout the old testament and explicitly stated in Isa. 52 & 53 and Psalm 22
  • Story of our life
    • All of us have an aversion to suffering . . . .
      • All are real hero are ones that have overcome . . .
        • Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, William Wilberforce , Louis Zamperini (unbroken). . .
        • Even in our movies . . . William Wallace, Maximus (gladiator), Indiana Jones, Captain America , snow white . . .
        • All are villains are the one who create suffering for us for personal gain and position
        • Hitler, Stalin, Richard Nixon, Corrupt politicians and businesspeople , Lance Armstrong, Judas, and the devil to fictional ones – Darth Vader, Saulomon lord Sauron (Lord of the rings), The joker (batman), Wicked witch of the west, Loki (advengers) . . .
        • This is why we read in revelation . . . to him who overcomes . . .
      • but faith brings us into and as we choose the suffering to gain the glories
        • This is done to prove our faith genuine, bring maturity and appreciation

 

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV)

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is reviled.

 

Rom 8:17 (NLV)

And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

 

  • Application to life
    • Don’t be surprised . . . give yourself over to it
    • This is not strange but scripted . . .
    • Get rid of the dilution that everything should be serving instead of you serving everything . . . .
    • From service to working to relationships to procrastinating . . . .

 

The continuity of Scripture

  • The old testament and new testament
    • The tell the same and continuing story
  • This has been in process through all time
    • Not just a mistake but a plan
  • Application – read both for today

 

2 Tim 3:16-17 (NLV)

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

 

The longing of Angels

  • The story of salvation is the interest of angels
    • To them who have been around since creation . . . this is what they are interested in!
    • They don’t know the whole story
      • By the way – they don’t all have wings, we are not to pray to them, and we will not turn into them in the future.
    • They love to see it all play out –
      • Your story played out . . . and it is not over yet!!!!
      • Choose to over come

 

Conclusion

  • Understand the pattern – keep moving forward, keep living your faith, embrace now with your eyes on what is to come
  • Look for the pattern in scripture and life
  • Pray