1 Peter 1:1,2 A Word to all Pilgrims
Intro: Warren Wiersbe is one of my Favorite Commentators
A)Down to earth style / great application / witty / Practical
B) Wiersbe Series entitled the BE SERIES His own Be attitudes
Given each book a theme : Be
1) The theme that He has chosen for 1 Peter is BE HOPEFUL
C) Several reasons why : We have been begotten again to a Living Hope
Because we have a living savior
1) Inheritance to look forward to
D) Trials we are currently going thru are shaping us into the people God desires that we would be
1) Gods word endures forever
E) Each Chapt. Of This book is filled encouragement concerning our Position & standing in Christ that will give us Hope for all situations
1st THE WRITER : V.1 Identifies the writer of this epistle as being the apostle Peter
A)Peter was self appointed spokesman You are the Christ / where would we go /Transfiguration good to be here / Walked on water
B) This is Peter who boldly declared I will not deny you !!!!
C) But This is the same Peter who denied Christ / Sought out by Christ / who on the day of Pentecost Preached to 3,000 saved
D) Peter is a Great illustration of How we cannot follow Christ in our
Own strength & efforts
1) But it is only by the empowering of the H.S. that we are able to
FULFILL our calling as believers
So we are told that Peter is the AUTHOR writing under the inspiration Of the H.S. ( But Peters Authorship has been called into question)
A) In 1947 a man by the name of T.W. Baer proposed that Peter
was incapable of writing such a letter being a simple fishermen
B)Now Baer did some sophisticated research concerning the Greek Lang. &
Sentence Structure to back up his findings & conclusion
1) That Peter was simply not smart enough to write this quality of a
C) So today in many seminaries & institutes of higher learning the authorship of Peter is called into question ( Wrongly so I might add)
1)See T.W. Baer was not the first to question the Credentials of Peter
D)In the book of Acts Peter & John are dragged in before the religious leaders - questioned told not to Preach ( Obey God not man Conclusion :
Acts 4: 13Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
See The religious leaders realized that the reason these guys could speak w/ such authority & wisdom is because they had been w/ Jesus
A) They had been hanging out w/ the Lord !!!!
B) That will make a smart man / smart woman out of anyone spending
time in the presence of the Lord !!!
We ought to see the face of God every morning before we see the face of man. -- D.L. Moody,
Listen if you give time to hanging around Jesus You are going to
become a different Person ( Change in You)
A)The Change is going to be noticeable People will understand You
Have been w/ Jesus ( Devotions )
B) Perspective Changes radically His heart / His mind / His eyes
more in tune w/ the Spirit
I have found if I don't have my quiet time each morning, I tend to lose my temper over insignificant things. Recently, my son, Andrew, reminded me of the need for daily prayer. He had accidentally spilled his drink and I went into a tirade. Andrew ended my harsh words when he quietly asked, "Mom, did you forget to ask Jesus to help you be nice today?"
Percentage of American households with a Bible: 92
Guarding that time :
As I was having my daily devotions one morning, I heard my 3-year-old daughter, Kayla, answer the telephone in the next room. Trying not to burst out laughing, I listened as she told the caller, "My mom is having her emotions now. Can she call you back?"
The questioning of the authorship of Peter over looks the work of the H.S. in His life & in inspiration of the Scriptures
2 Tim .3: 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
A) God working thru Human instruments / inspiring them to write His heart in a way that they could never do on their own
1) That is the Beauty of the Bible God Breathed / speaking thru
human vessels SO PETER WAS THE VESSEL
A) See Neros goal was to stamp his image upon the Roman empire in order to do that he needed to reconstruct the city
B) But How would he Justify such a Building Project ? PLAN:
1) This is what he did secretly hired men to set the city on fire one NIGHT after much of it burned Blamed the Christians
C) They were an easy target for several reasons
1) They talked about the fires of Judgment
2) They were considered Anti- Roman because they would declare
Caesar as Lord But Christ
D) They were accused of being Cannibals because of Communion eating
The body & drinking the Blood
1) Accused of destroying families because as people were being saved
families were being ripped apart
E) The saved Husband or wife would not want to participate in the Pagan
Rituals & immoral practices anymore!!
1) As a result there was friction in the Home !!! ( Like today)
So there was already a Hatred toward the Christians in the Roman empire but w/ his Accusations Nero brought it to another level
A) RESULT: 6 MILLION Christians were martyred under his reign
B) Some were Dipped in wax Human torches / fed to Lions / Made to face the Gladiators for Sport
C) Now this type of persecution we really cannot relate to / but it still goes on today in other parts of the World
1) Places like China / Sudan / - there are Countless 1,000s of our
Brothers & sisters in the Lord who are suffering
Their request for Us ? Pray please Pray for us !!!!
A) The Bible says to whom much is given much is required and the truth of the matter is we here in the states/ been given so much
B) I was reminded of this again being in Russia where our bros & Sisters in the Lord have it pretty tough
1) Imagine having to travel for several days to attend a Conf.
C) Imagine No KWAVE no Christian music stations
1) No wonder they could sit thru 6 hrs of bible study a day &
3 hrs of Worship HUNGARY
People here complain about Driving to far 20 min.
A) We complain sermon was too long anywhere near a hr.
B) We complain music was too loud or the Worship wasnt the style
THAT I like one problem after another
1) Complain I had to park across the street Known some people
who couldnt get a parking spot in the main lot & Left
C) In Sokol they travel 45 min. to an hr. by Public transportation & climb
Five flights of stairs to get to Church
1) We are married to Convenience / Consumer mentality about Church make it easy simple / fun
D) Now dont get me wrong I am glad that our situation is better than in Russia not suggesting at all wish we had it as rough
1) Thank God for KWAVE
E) But we need to toughen up a little / some a lot realize what is the reason That we have been so blessed ?
1) We get to help them - ( Building ) Our own yes /
So this book was written during a time when the Church was enduring Persecution & the heat was about to be turned up
WHO: TO THE PILGRIMS OF THE DISPERSION
A) KJV To the Strangers scattered throughout the countries
B) NCV To Gods chosen people who are away from their homes and are
scattered all around the countries
C) Now Primarily it is speaking of these Christians who were living in foreign lands as a result of the persecution
1) But there is an application here to all believers at all times
Wherever the exiled Jew settled, his eyes were towards Jerusalem.
A) In foreign countries his synagogues were built so that, when the worshipper entered, he was facing towards Jerusalem.
B) However useful a citizen of his adopted country the Jew was, his greatest loyalty was to Jerusalem.
C) Same is true of us - We are the exiles of eternity. Cit. of Heaven/ This is never to say that we must withdraw from the world, ( Make our mark)
1)but that in the realest sense we must be at the same time both in the world and not of it.
D) It has been wisely said that the Christian must be APART from the world but never ALOOF from it.
E) The Greek word for such a sojourner in a strange land is paroikos
1) It speaks of a man who was in a strange land and whose thoughts
ever turned home.
"The world is a bridge. The wise man will pass over it, but he will not build his house upon it."
So Peter referred to them as Strangers: = Resident Aliens People living in one place as a Stranger
A)The Place where they were residing was foreign to them
B) Whenever I travel abroad- never comfortable always this longing for home ( Drinks no Ice )
1) Showers have to Kneel
2) Taxi Flag down any car -
C) After a While Longing in my heart for America
1) That should be our perspective here ( Never quite comfortable
Always in our hearts a longing for heaven !!!!
We are Strangers & We are a strange People :
1 John 3: 1Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of £God! Therefore the world does not know £us,
A)Because Christians are strangers in the world, they are considered to be strange in the eyes of the world
1)Christians have standards and values different from those of the world,
1) Diet Coke Lady so mean
C) But we are not Strange because we are doing strange things
1) But we are strange because the world is so abnormal they look at us weird different
D) Why? because it did not know Him. ACTOR & PASTOR
Listen the world will look at you & I and scratch their heads when they see the impact that Being w/ Jesus / Knowing Jesus has on us
A)See Real love in Action Jesus said they will know that you are my disciples by Your love
B) Greg O. I love you Bro -
So Peter is writing to this group of people who have been forced to abandon their native homeland & reside in other countries
BECAUSE OF THE PERSECUTION that they were facing
A)So Peter sets out to encourage them in the Lord the first thing He reminds them of is Whos they are !!!!!
D)In Short- Be encouraged because no matter how bad it might get You belong to the Lord He wont leave you or forsake you !!!!