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Inherit a Blessing

Well, it has been far too long since I have had a chance to sit down a write a blog post. The big transition is over and we are settling in in our new community and at our new church. It is great to feel at home again!

Inherit a Blessing – Sermon Audio

Having said this, I find myself now in the midst of preaching through Peter’s first epistle and seeing how God works in us through the difficulties that He brings to our lives. Through those difficulties, He brings us grace and blessings. Difficulties beyond anything that I have ever experienced are still ways of God working in us, maturing us and conforming us to the image of Christ! The past several messages have been related to this theme as I have preached through this weighty and stimulating letter.

1 Peter 2:13-25  Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme,  14  or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.  15  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men– 16  as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.  17  Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.  18  Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.  19  For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.  20  For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.  21  For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:  22  “WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH”;  23  who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;  24  who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.  25  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 3:1-15  Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,  2  when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.  3  Do not let your adornment be merely outward–arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel– 4  rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.  5  For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,  6  as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.  7  Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.  8  Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;  9  not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.  10  For “HE WHO WOULD LOVE LIFE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, LET HIM REFRAIN HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL, AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.  11  LET HIM TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; LET HIM SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.  12  FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE ON THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ARE OPEN TO THEIR PRAYERS; BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”  13  And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?  14  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “AND DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR THREATS, NOR BE TROUBLED.”  15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

In this section of Peter’s letter, he drives home the idea of submission and suffering (even when we suffer unjustly!) as an essential part of the Christian Faith! Most “Christians” will say, “NO WAY!” yet see what Peter said, which you already read above;

1 Peter 2:21-25 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:  22  “WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH”;  23  who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;  24  who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.  25  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 3:9-14  not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.  10  For “HE WHO WOULD LOVE LIFE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, LET HIM REFRAIN HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL, AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.  11  LET HIM TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; LET HIM SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.  12  FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE ON THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ARE OPEN TO THEIR PRAYERS; BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”  13  And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?  14  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “AND DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR THREATS, NOR BE TROUBLED.”

Listen to the messages and think about it!

Submission to Authorities – Sermon Audio 1 Peter 2:13-16

Submission Pt 2 – Sermon Audio 1 Peter 2:17-20

Shepherd and Overseer – Sermon Audio 1 Peter 2:18-3:1

Heirs together – Sermon Audio 1 Peter 3:1-7

Inherit a Blessing – Sermon Audio

In Christ!

Kevin

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