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October 28, 2021, 5:35 PM

1 PETER 2:9-12 – QUITE REMARKABLE!

What God has done for us as Christians is indeed quite remarkable!

GOD'S IDENTIFICATION – Vs. 9a

God identifies us as:

  1. A Chosen Generation 

Ephesians 1:4-6, Ephesians 2:8-9

  1. A Royal Priesthood

We are called “kings and priests” in Revelation 1:6

We will reign with Christ. Revelation 20:6                                                

A priest represents man before God and God before man. A priest must totally belong to God.                                              Before God he intercedes for men. 1Tim.2:1-4, 8, Eph. 6:18                                                                                                            Before men he speaks for God – Malachi 2:7, 1 Peter 3:15

  1. A Holy Nation

Holy = set apart for God – Position and practice.                                                                                  2 Peter 3:10-13 – In church each Christian, if asked, should be able to report his or her behavior for the past week and not be ashamed before God or man. That’s holiness!

  1. A Peculiar People

We are God’s people. We have been purchased. 1 Peter 1:18-19                                                                                                    He is responsible for our care. Psalm 23

GOD'S INTENT – Vs. 9b

Shew forth the praises of Him - Brag on God and the Lord Jesus as you would your favorite restaurant or sports team if they are winning.

From darkness into His marvelous light - Colossians 1:13

GOD'S INTERVENTION – Vs. 10

Past - Not a people and without mercy

Present - The people of God

GOD’S IMPERATIVE – Vs. 11

Abstain from fleshly lusts.

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1 PETER 3:1-7 – A MARRIAGE THAT PLEASES GOD

God established marriage and approves of it. - Genesis 2:22-24, Hebrews 13:4

Christians should only marry Christians - 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

God has plans for your marriage.

Christian men will only be truly happy with Christian women that practice 1 Peter 3:1-6.

Christian women will only be truly happy with Christian men that practice 1 Peter 3:7

THE CHRISTIAN WIFE - Vss. 1-6

EXHORTATION - Vss. 1-2

Women are encouraged to live in submission to their husbands.

This does not mean that the man is superior to his wife, but for the sake of God's order, she is to submit to her husband's leadership.

Husbands need to remember, however, that they are to help the wives to be submissive by loving them as Christ loved the church. Ephesians 5:25

Women are also encouraged to win their husbands to a Godly obedience by their quiet, chaste conversation.

EXPLANATION - Vss. 3-4

Peter is not saying that is wrong to fix one's hair, or to wear jewelry or nice clothes. He is saying that true adornment is that of a "meek and quiet spirit".

EXAMPLE - Vss. 5-6

Sara, and other Godly women of the Bible (Ruth, Esther, Mary) serve as positive examples for the women of today.

THE CHRISTIAN HUSBAND - Vs. 7

REQUIREMENTS

The husband is to understand his wife.

The husband is to honor his wife.

REASONS

The wife is considered to be the "weaker vessel".

The wife is a "joint heir" of the "grace of life".

A husband's prayers are hindered when he doesn't treat his wife properly.

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1 PETER 5:1-11 – GREAT EXPECTATIONS, OR, WHAT TO EXPECT

When we buy a new car we expect the dealer to be honest. We expect the car to be reliable.  We expect the company to stand behind the warranty. We expect a good price and reasonable payments.

When we eat in a nice restaurant we expect the food to be good and plentiful. We expect the service to be prompt and courteous. We expect the kitchen and dining room to be clean.

When we are looking for a church we expect an attitude of worship, music that praises the Lord, effective preaching, conviction, and a friendly atmosphere.

In 1 Peter 5:1-11 we discover some things we can expect:

FROM OUR LEADERS - Vss. 1-4

We should expect our leaders to:

Shepherd the Flock - Vs. 2 - The word "feed" means to shepherd. (You might want to refer to Zechariah 11:16. What the false shepherd did not do in this verse is what a true shepherd for Christ should do.)

Set the Example - Vs. 3 - Leaders are not dictators. They should lead by example. See 1 Timothy 4:12 for the example leaders should set.

FROM OURSELVES - Vss. 5-9

We should expect ourselves to:

Relinquish Our Rights - Vss. 5-6

Rely on God - Vs. 7

Resist the Devil - Vss. 8-9

FROM GOD - Vs. 10

We can expect:

GOD'S GRACE

GOD'S GLORY - One day we will be in Heaven, seeing Jesus face to face. 1 John 1:1-3

GOD'S GREATNESS - After we have suffered (James 1:2-4) we can expect God to perfect us, establish us, strengthen us and settle us.

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