Simon Says – Part 7
This message is of vital importance in understanding foundational and rock solid Christian truths: the judgment of God, the redemption of Christ and the assurance of our Father. From this message you will be encouraged in your faith and inspired to live a life that God rewards.
Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter
1 Peter 1:17-21Transformational Truth
Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – March 1st, 2015
- Today’s message is of vital importance in understanding foundational and rock solid Christian truths; the judgment of God, the redemption of Christ and the assurance of our faith. My hope is that from this message you will be encouraged in your faith and inspired to live a life that God rewards.
- This passage continues to communicate the correct condition of those who claim a commitment to Christ.
- We are to have a healthy mind and a holy life. – we are to think differently, mentally controlled and ready for action, we are resist our inner evil desires that call us to conform to them.
- We are to be holy – because he is holy and we have his divine nature within us. We are to be responsive as obedient children and responsible like mature adults.
1 Peter 1:17-21 (NIV)
Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
- In this passage we see the judgment of God, the redemption of Jesus, and the assurance of faith. Let look at the first point.
The judgment of God
1 Peter 1:17 (NIV)
Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear
- This is a “since- then” formula
- We are calling on a father – maintaining the child – parent relationship and connection
- Note that he is also a judge . . . and also one who does not show favoritism . . .
- BTW – to be like our father we also need to be impartial judges – this is an expression of godliness
- We have dignity because we are called “children of God” we have equality because of God’s impartial judgment.
- His is the Father / Judge . . . and we need to keep that balance in our minds.
- For the believer, God’s judgment is not one of condemnation but one of evaluation
Rom 8:1-2 (NLV)
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Col 2:13-14 (NIV)
God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
Eph 2:8-11 (NLV)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
- Now with this being said and understood, there still will be an evaluation. Scripture communicates this fact over and over again. Here is a sampling
Eccl 12:13-14 (NIV)
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandment, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Heb 9:27 (NIV)
Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.
2 Cor 5:10 (NIV)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
1 Cor 4:5 (NLV)
For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.
1 Cor 3:11-15 (NIV)
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
Rev 20:11-15 (NIV)
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
- So we need to go back to our verse in I Peter
1 Peter 1:17 (NIV)
Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
- Strangers as to the way of life . . .
- Strangers as to being from another place . . .
- Respect for God . . .
- Fear of loss . . . . (respect and reward)
The redemption of Christ
1 Peter 1:18-20 (NIV)
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake
- Silver and gold the things so many people treasure the most are called perishable – like a bunch for fruit left out on the table. (all this is temporary . . . . so don’t hand on to it so tightly)
- We were purchased from the empty way of life – handed to us from our forefathers –
- Redeemed by the precious blood of Christ . . . the price was what was most precious and sacred (telling us our value)
- Redeemed – In the first century there were slaves, freemen and freed men. A person could be set free from their bondage or servitude. Jesus described his ministry this way
- The lamb without blemish . . . (brings us back to the Passover)
- He was chosen before the creation of the word . . . what does this tell us? This was the plan all along – and this is the best way for God to demonstrate his love for us – the best way for us to understand his heart.
- And revealed to us on this side of the cross
Rom 3:23-25 (NLV)
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
The assurance of faith
1 Peter 1:21 (NIV)
Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
- Have you ever wondered about this whole Christianity thing?
- Through Jesus you believe (rightly) in God . . . why is it not through God we believe in Jesus? (Jesus is the very essence of God).
- God raised Jesus from the dead and glorified him (this means that Jesus did not have the power in himself to resurrects himself – this power came and comes from an outside source.
- So our faith and Hope are in God (because of Jesus and his purchase of us through his blood)
- Jesus’ resurrection is the foundation of our faith, and his glorification is the pledge of the hope of our new future
1 Cor 15:20-23 (NLV)
But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. 23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.
- Approach God for who He is
- Live in reverence and fear . . .
- Give Jesus the honor and the praise
- Rest assured that your anchor will hold