Summary: Last time we looked at the ups and downs of the apostle Peter, and how he spoke with head-turning confidence, because of having been with Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit. We continue by considering the head-turning confidence of his writings, as he addresses the living hope of the believer to a suffering church.
1. A. Last time we saw that we are chosen according to the foreknowledge of the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. So we are chosen by the Father and set aside in holiness by the Spirit for what purpose? I Peter 1:2
B. What does it mean to “be sprinkled with His blood?” Isaiah 53:4-6, Romans 5:19-21, I Peter 1:18-19, 2:22-24, 3:18
C. Scripture makes it clear that we are not saved by our own obedience, but only through the obedience of the Lord Jesus. Only He died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust. And yet, when we surrender to Him, the Holy Spirit transforms us into what kind of people? John 10:27, II Corinthians 5:15, 21
2. A. Next Peter bursts into praise, and eulogizes “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” who “has caused us to be born again” according to what? I Peter 1:3
B. How should we understand “THE God and Father?” Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14-15, 20:1-6, Isaiah 6:1-5, Daniel 4:34-37, Revelation 20:11-15 How might we understand “His great mercy?” Psalm 103:1-13, John 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:1-5
C. Mercy is the holding back of punishment we rightly deserve for opposing God. Until we have some grasp of the sovereign holiness of the Almighty, we will not understand the magnitude of His mercy. When we consider the judgment that we deserve for all our sins, how can we not also burst into praise for such mercy? The more we understand the salvation we have in the Lord Jesus, the greater our joy, thanksgiving and peace will be! How is yours?
The more we understand what we have in Christ, the better our victory in living for Him will be. Are you walking in His power? I John 5:4-5
3. A. God the Father provides us with what kind of hope? I Peter 1:3
B. What makes this “living hope” living? I Corinthians 15:3-6, Hebrews 6:17-20, 7:25
C. Faith looks back at the facts of what Jesus did. Hope looks ahead at what we know God will do. Both are settled certainties, based upon the unshakable facts of our dependable, unchanging God. We have a living hope because we depend upon a living Savior. Is your hope in Him alive and well? Romans 15:4-5