October 13, 2021, 5:01 PM



T41 – FOR WEEK OF 10/11/21

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2 PETER 1:12-21 – TRUE VALUE


The Apostle Peter was at the end of His journey on earth. He was writing to those who were Christ-followers to encourage them to finish well, as they lived the Christian life. He was particularly concerned about the false teachers that were plaguing the early church.

Peter wanted each believer to show diligence by being devoted to Christ, by being dependent on Christ and by being determined in their behavior. Last week we saw how we should be determined to lavishly supply to our faith the 7 qualities mentioned in 1 Peter 1:5-7. He assured them that as they were diligent good things would happen. (1 Peter 1:8-11).

As Peter continues through the rest of the chapter, he encourages his readers to seek true value as they are instructed in the Christian life.


  • Vs. 12 – Peter cared about the Spiritual well-being of fellow believers.
  • He would not negligent to remind them, though they knew and practiced the truth.
  • Paul had the same attitude. Philippians 3:1
  • Vs. 13 – “Stir you up” – ‘Arouse thoroughly’ Luke 9:32
  • Vs. 14 – Psalm 39:4
  • Vs. 15 – Psalm 71:17-18


  • Vs. 16 – Peter is saying, “We didn’t make this up!”, as false teachers were accusing them of doing.
  • Eyewitnesses – Luke 9:28-33, John 1:14
  • Vss. 17-18 – Luke 9:34-36
  • We are personal witnesses of what Jesus has done for us. This will encourage both non-Christian and Christians. Acts 1:8, Hebrews 10:24-25, Psalm 107:2


  • Vs. 19 – Pete is saying, as good as our experience was, you have “the Prophetic Word” or what was then the Old Testament. Now we have the New testament as well.
  • Vs. 20 – Real Scripture does not come from man’s thoughts.
  • Vs. 21 – Real Scripture is inspired by God. 2 Timothy 3:16

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LEVITICUS 19:29-37


Leviticus 19:29 - Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.


Leviticus 19:32 - Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.


Leviticus 19:33-34 - And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.


Leviticus 19:35-36 - Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.


Leviticus 19:30-31 - Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 19:37 - Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the LORD.



It is easy to become discouraged by wicked people.

However, God has good, encouraging words for us. 

We do well to heed them!



  • He is merciful. Vs. 5
  • He is faithful. Vs. 5
  • He is righteous. Vs. 6
  • He is judge. Vs. 6
  • He loves. Vs. 7
  • He protects. Vs. 7
  • He satisfies. Vs. 8
  • He is life. Vs. 9
  • He is light. Vs. 9


Continuation of God's blessing. Vs. 10

Preservation from evil Vs.11




Israel was often a disobedient nation.

God sent prophets, such as Jeremiah to bring Israel back to Himself.

Israel would not listen.

Right now, God is calling us as Christians back to Himself.

To have revival, we need to do what Israel didn't do.

ASK - "...ask for the old paths, where is the good way..."

ACT - "...and walk therein...Hearken to the sound of the trumpet"

(God's preachers are the watchmen, sounding the trumpet.)

ACCOMPLISH - "...and ye shall find rest for your souls."

AVOID (ignoring God like Israel did.) - "But they said, we will not walk therein."  "But they said, we will not hearken."




There were two crowds, one with Jesus and the other with the widow.  They saw the sorrow. They experienced the joy.



Jesus has compassion for those who hurt, especially those who are His.


Jesus still touches lives today with His wonderful salvation, and intervention in the lives of believers. He still cares!



Protection! There was  a radio personality named John Signa, who used to  broadcast on KDKA, Pittsburgh.  For many years he was opposed to a Pennsylvania State law which requires motorcyclists to wear helmets.  Then, about a month ago, Signa had a motorcycle accident that could have killed him, if he hadn't been wearing the protective helmet required by law.  John Signa has changed his mind about that law.  He now supports it.  The law is designed to protect motorcyclists as it did Signa.

Some of you may not like laws that require people to wear seatbelts. However, time and time again the wearing of seatbelts has saved lives. Seat belts have protected people!

Protection!  Most parents do things to protect their children.

We protect our children by where we allow them to go.

We protect our children by what we allow them to do.

We protect our children by teaching them proper behavior and procedures.

We protect our children by watching out for them, keeping them away from such things as stairs and electric outlets when they are very small.

If the recent tragedy in Littleton Colorado has taught us anything, it has taught us that our children need to be protected from the wrong kind of influences.

We protect our children because we love them.  God, our Heavenly Father, protects His children because He loves us.  As Christians our enemy is Satan (1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians 6:11-12).

Because God wants to protect us, He has give us Spiritual armor for us to wear (Ephesians 6:10-17).

Roman soldiers would wear a breastplate that would cover the torso, and protect vital organs.

Our God has given us the breastplate of righteousness, which guards our Spiritual vital organs, including the "heart".

To begin with, no human being is naturally righteous (Romans 3:10-18, 23 and Isaiah 64:6.)

Our Lord Jesus died for us to become righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:6-9). When a person trusts Christ as Savior, he or she is justified (declared righteous) by faith (Romans 5:1).  He wiped out the debt caused by sin! God protects those who are saved from the judgement of hell by covering them with the righteousness of his Son.

After a person is standing in the righteousness of Christ for salvation, he is also to put on the breastplate of righteousness. This righteousness is not the righteousness that saved him. That was a once and for all righteousness. This righteousness is a practical, daily righteousness that protects from the attacks of Satan on our Spiritual hearts.

One of the passages that describes this practical righteousness is Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

In this passage we see that

WE ARE CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST - "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;"

Because Jesus died for me, when Jesus died on the cross, I died with Him.

When Jesus was buried, I was buried.

When Jesus rose in a new resurrection body, I arose to newness of life in Him (Romans 6:3-4).

We are now to count on the fact that we are dead to sin and alive to righteousness (Romans 6:10-14).

WE ARE TO BE CLOTHED WITH CHRIST - "...yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:"

Yes, through the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus does live inside of each and every person who is saved!  But when Paul speaks these words about Christ living inside of Him, I believe that he is clothing himself with the righteousness of Christ. He is yielded to Christ and allowing Him to rule in his life. He is living out what he prayed in Ephesians 3:17 - "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith."  He is allowing the Lord Jesus to live rule and reign in His life.  When we are clothed with Christ, we are simply allowing Him to be Lord of all within us! (Romans 13:14)

WE ARE TO BE CONFIDENT IN CHRIST - "...and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

As I allow myself to be clothed with Christ, I am placing my faith and confidence in Christ!

I am trusting Christ when I want to hold a grudge but no longer hold it against a person.

I am trusting Christ when I want to lose my temper but quietly discuss a matter instead.

I am trusting Christ when I want to do or say what is dishonest, but instead do and say what is truthful.

I am trusting Christ when I begin to fear or worry, but turn those fears over to Him.

I am trusting Christ when I start to doubt but instead have faith.

As I trust Christ I will be clothed with Christ's righteousness and Christ will live His life through me.

Why should I want to live such a life?

Why should I want to be righteous in the way I live?

Paul tells us here.

Jesus loved us and gave Himself for us.

He gave His all for me. He gave His all for you.

We should trust Him to live through us in return!




God hath not promised Skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through;

God hath not promised Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.

But God hath promised Strength for the day,

Rest for the labor, Light for the way,

Grace for the trials, Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy, Undying love.[1][1]

Annie Johnson Flint, quoted in Donald Kauffman, Baker’s Pocket Treasury of Religious Verse

Karl Barth, famed theologian, was once asked, “What is the greatest thought you ever had?” His answer: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”Dale Galloway, Rebuild Your Life[2][2]

Although I would not agree with Karl Barth on a lot of things, I would basically agree with him that the greatest thought in the world is that Jesus loves me. I would just expand his saying a little to say that the greatest thought in the world is that God loves me.

It is no wonder that God loves me or that God loves you.

1 John 4:8 says in part …God is love.

  1. a Sunday when we have worn red and white in honor of the Lord Jesus, and on the Sunday which is just before Valentine’s Day it is fitting that we talk about love. One of the best passages for discussing love is found here in 1 John 4:7-18 as we continue our discussion of Real Christianity as found in 1 John.

Let’s briefly look at six things about love as found in our text.

LOVE’S DEMAND - Vss. 7-8, 20-21


1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. [8] He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

First, I want you to realize that type of love being referred to here is the best and purest kind. The word in Greek here is agape, which is the highest form of love.

It is self-sacrificing love.

It is love that is unselfish.

It is love that gives.

  1. is the word used when the Scripture refers to the love of God.

The demand of love is that we love one another. John is talking to fellow Christians. Christians are the ones who are to love each other as Jesus has loved them, and Jesus is God!

John 13:34-35 - A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

This kind of love is impossible without God making us lovers. Every Christian is to be a lover! And this love comes from God! … for love is of God;


Every individual who truly loves is a person who has been indwelt and changed by God! …and every one that loveth is born of God

To be born of God is to be born again.

To be born again is to place one’s faith in the Lord Jesus as the one who died for our sins, and to believe that His death is the only hope that we have for forgiveness and eternal life.

John 1:12-13 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Every person who has truly trusted Christ as Savior has been born again through the work of God’s Holy Spirit, and now has the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them.

Romans 8:9 - But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

  • If it were possible for me to have the spirit of Beethoven in me, I would be a great musician and composer.

· If it were possible for me to have the spirit of Dale Earnhardt in me, I’d be a great race car driver.

· If it were possible for me to have the spirit of Thomas Edison in me, I’d be a great inventor.

· It is possible for me to have the Spirit of God the Father and God the God the Son dwelling in me, and when He does, I become a great lover. For God is love.

…and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

How can I tell when the Love of God is truly present in my life?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NKJV) - 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

We probably don’t think about these qualities enough and how we should allow the Spirit of God to produce them in our lives. If we show these qualities we are showing that God’s love is present in us!

Remember that Galatians 5:22 begins The fruit of the Spirit is love…

When you love you show that you are born of God and know God.

Vs. 8 warns us that if we don’t know how to love then we are not born of God!

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Love’s demand goes even further.

1 John 4:20-21 - If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? [21] And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

The person who has a prolonged hatred for someone else and claims to love God is a liar!

The argument is quite simple. How can one love God who he hasn’t seen when he can’t love his brother who he has seen!

If you claim to love God, YOU MUST love your brother!

If you don’t love your brother, you don’t love God!

Is something going on in your life that makes you feel unloved? Well, look at this: 1 John 4:9 - In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

God has only one literal, begotten son.

He has many children who are born into the family of God through faith in Christ, but only one begotten Son.

Imagine what it would be like to give up a child of yours and knowingly send him somewhere where you know that he would be rejected and murdered. That’s what God did.

He sent the Lord Jesus into the world so that through His death we might have forgiveness and eternal life.

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 4:10 - Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Love does not originate with us. It originates with God.

  1. sent His Son to be the propitiation or the satisfaction for our sins. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and God was propitiated or satisfied.

A certain medieval monk announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on “The Love of God.” As the shadows fell and the light ceased to come in through the cathedral windows, the congregation gathered.

In the darkness of the altar, the monk lighted a candle and carried it to the crucifix. First of all, he illumined the crown of thorns, next, the two wounded hands, then the marks of the spear wound. In the hush that fell, he blew out the candle and left the chancel. There was nothing else to say. Source unknown

LOVE’S DUTY - Vs. 11

1 John 4:11 - Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

When Jesus sent out the 12 Apostles to minister in Israel, He said in part, in Matthew 10:8 - freely ye have received, freely give.

And I believe this thought can be applied to the love that we are to show for others.

· Freely we have received the death of God’s Son to pay for our sins.

· Freely we have received an identity as God’s kids, the children of God.

· Freely we have received the presence of God in our lives.

· Freely we have received a network of people of like faith to love and encourage us, the church.

· Freely we have received answers to prayer because of the Lord Jesus.

· Freely we have received the assurance of spending eternity in Heaven.

Freely we have received. Our duty is to freely give!

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

What are some of the ways we can freely give in love?

· By listening to other believers intently, showing that you care. This week I road an airplane next to a lady who probably wasn’t a believer, but she knew how to listen and show interest in the person she was talking to.

· By going out of our way to be a blessing to someone else in need, lending a helping hand.

· By being honest with a brother or sister who has a problem with sin and might not even know it.

· By giving of our own resources to people in need.

· By sharing about our own walk with God so another believer can have a closer walk with God.

· By praying for the Spiritual and physical needs of other Christians

· By being there when another Christian is struggling.

· By forgiving a Christian who has hurt us as Christ has forgiven us.

Freely we have received. Our duty is to freely give!

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.


  1. John 4:12 - No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

No man has seen God the Father.

No man has seen God the Spirit.

And in this age, God the Son is not walking the earth as He once did.

As we said earlier, the moment we trusted Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit came to live inside of us.

God is love, and now we have become the dwelling place of love.

It is certainly better to have God residing inside of us than to just have a fleeting glimpse of Him.

As Christians, how do we know that God is present in our lives?

As Christians, how do we show that God is present in our lives?

We know that God is present and show that God is present when His influence causes us to love others.

The more that God controls us, the more we will perfect our love for God and for others.

I once  played x-box for the first time. For those of you who don’t what x-box is, it’s a game system like Play Station 2, Game Boy, or the old time Nintendo or Atari. I played x-box with my 7 year old granddaughter and then with my 5 year old grandson. We played tennis.

I got whooped!

I got embarrassed!

I was humiliated by a 7-year-old and then a 5-year old.

One of the main reasons why they were so good and I was so bad, was they had been sitting in front of this tennis game for a few hours practicing! They had perfected their game.

The more we practice God’s presence in our lives, that is the control of the Holy Spirit, the more we will perfect loving others.

1 John 4:13 - Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

1 John 4:16 - And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Because the Spirit of God dwells in us as Christians, we are God’s dwelling place. Because we are God’s dwelling place, and God is love, we are also love’s dwelling place.


1 John 4:17 - Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

The more we allow the Holy Spirit to control us, the more we will show the love of God in our lives towards others.

Our love is perfected, or completed.

And the more God’s love is perfected in our lives, the more we are like Jesus! because as he is, so are we in this world.

Love’s distinction is being able to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ and have boldness or confidence, or “freedom of speech”.

If you are a true Christian, you need not fear condemnation. You will spend eternity in Heaven.

But we as Christians will give account of ourselves before the Lord Jesus, and that could be very scary, humiliating and embarrassing.

Romans 14:12 - So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

2 Corinthians 5:10 - For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

The way to avoid embarrassment before the Lord Jesus is to allow God’s love to be perfected in us.

  1. God’s love is perfected in us we will have nothing to fear because we will have done what we should have done.

1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

God is love.

God does not fear.

Therefore, there is no fear in love.

God’s love in us drives out our fear, because fear involves torment or punishment or judgment. When we fear we are normally afraid of being punished in some way.

  1. we fear when we stand before the Lord Jesus, it will mean that we did not allow God’s love to perfect us here on earth.

How does this verse apply to us right now?

When God’s love is controlling us we will not live in fear right now.

In fact, God does not want His children to live in fear.

In fact, God wants us to so live in the presence of His love that we do not fear.

God’s love will cast out our fears if we will let it.

Psalm 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I

will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Let me sum it up this way: When we are engulfed in the awesome sense of the love of God. When the love of God is control in our lives. We will not fear!


1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us.

This is a great summary isn’t it?

The time of worship which we had this morning should have been a time of great celebration for each of us.


Because God loved us first!

God showed His love to us first!

God reached out with salvation to us first!

God loves, protects us, keeps us, assures us, first!

If God loves us this much, it is only natural that we love Him in return.

It should be the delight of our lives to love Him!







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[1][1]Swindoll, C. R. 2000, c1998. The tale of the tardy oxcart and 1501 other stories (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; Swindoll leadership library. Word Publishers: Nashville

[2][2]Swindoll, C. R. 2000, c1998. The tale of the tardy oxcart and 1501 other stories (electronic ed.). Logos Library System; Swindoll leadership library. Word Publishers: Nashville


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