Friday, September 9, 2011

Reasons to Rejoice


1 Peter 1:1-5 (NIV)

The apostle Peter was writing to Jewish believers in exile.

These people had been forced to leave their homeland.

They had been dispersed into other parts of the world.

And, because of their beliefs and faith, they had been subjected to terrible persecutions and sufferings.

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The apostle Peter was writing this letter to encourage them in the faith.

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Th apostle Peter was reminding them that in the midst of their trials, there were some reliable reasons for rejoicing!

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They Were Saved By Grace (1:2-4)

  • They had been chosen
    - According to the foreknowledge of God the Father.
    - Through the sanctifying work of the Spirit of God.
    - To be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with His blood.

  • In the great mercy of God the Father, through the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, they had been given a new birth into a living hope and an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade, and that is kept in heaven for them.

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They Were Sealed By God’s Power (1:5)

Through faith, they were shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

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Since we are saved by grace, sealed by the Spirit of God and secured by the power of the Father, we can be absolutely certain that God’s salvation will last forever!

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Those who are saved by grace have reasons to rejoice.

Let us get our eyes off the troubles and turmoil that is going on in the world today.

Let us rejoice in our salvation.

Let us learn to praise God for who we are, what we have and where we are going!

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When we learn the secret that we can rejoice when we want to, it will make the rest of life far more bearable!

That is why every Christian must learn to rejoice!

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