God’s Choice to Love Us
April 19, 2020 / 1:
God’s Choice to Love Us
Surviving Times of Suffering
1 Peter 1:1, 2
Peter has been called the “apostle of hope.” He uses words of hope 14 times in this short letter. At least 26 times he turns our focus to the joy and glory that are ours in Christ. Someone said that all of 1 Peter is a commentary on Hebrews 12:2, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
“While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.”
-Tim Keller, “Walking with God through Pain and Suffering,”
Peter has the heart of a .
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.” 1 Peter 1:6
1 Peter 4:13
The first step is to admit that we needed Jesus to .
These are the three stages:
- The foreknowledge of the Father
Colossians 3:2, 3
Isaiah 43:20, 21
The reason you know Christ’s forgiveness in your life and you’re grateful for it is because .
“For we know . . . that God has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.”
1 Thessalonians 1:4, 5
“When the Gentiles heard the Word of God, they were glad and glorified God; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48
“. . . No one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the son chooses to reveal him.” Matthew 11:27
“. . . You have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away . . . I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. . . . No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”
The nature of God is as in all things.
“I never had the experience of looking for God. It was the other way around. He was the hunter; I was the deer. He stalked me, took unerring aim, and fired.”
-C. S. Lewis
“One might think I had no choice in the matter. But as I reflect back on it, I wonder if it was not the freest thing I’ve ever done or that he did.”
-C. S. Lewis
“‘Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short’” Matthew 24:22
You’re not chosen by God because you believe; you believe in God because .
“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I knew you . . .” Jeremiah 1:5
His foreknowledge is based on what He’s determined to do, and nothing will stop .
“Foreknowledge doesn’t mean foreseeing; it means .”
Ephesians 1:4, 5
Peter’s goal is to assure his readers of God’s .
- The sanctification of the Spirit
Sanctification is the process that happens after you become a Christian when the Spirit of God comes into your heart and slowly, through supernatural influences and bit by bit, conforms your character to be like Jesus.
1 John 3:2
- The sprinkling of His blood that leads to obedience
It wasn’t enough for the sacrifice to have been made but it had to be by each family / each person.
Grace is the heart of .
Peace is what Jesus makes possible between us and God through His death on the cross.
Memory verse: “. . . Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” 1 Peter 1:2
Read 1 Peter. To whom did Peter address his letter? See 1:1.
When do you feel as if you’re a stranger (alien) in the world?
Read 1 Peter again. Describe the mood (tone, emotion) of the letter. Does Peter’s mood change?
To what do people often turn in times of sorrow or suffering?
Read 1 Peter 1. According to verse 2, how had Peter’s readers been chosen?
Read 1 Peter 1:1, 2. How does the introduction to Peter’s letter help you appreciate the three persons of God?
Read 1 Peter 1:1, 2. Repetition is a key to the ideas a writer considers most important. What words or phrases occur over and over throughout the book? Chapter 1?
Read 1 Peter 1:1-12. Think about what Peter says and how he says it. How would you describe his style? (Is he writing a story, giving personal news, preaching a sermon? Is he trying to teach doctrine, , encourage, rebuke, convince?)