Wednesday, January 27, 2010

1 Peter 1: Fix Your Hope On Christ #hope #Christ #Bible

Theme: Fix your hope on Christ (1:13)

1) By rejoicing in trials

There seem to be several reasons to rejoice in trials:

A) Because inheritance awaits us (3-4)

By grace, God saves you from the penalty, power, and presence of your sin (1-2). Delivering you from the power of sin involves suffering. But by raising Christ from the dead, God assures you that you too will rise with a glorious body like His (1 Cor. 15). Eternal life in a glorified body and the presence of God awaits those who now suffer for their faith, and this should motivate you to fix your hope on God (cf. Rev. 21-22).

B) Because God secures your salvation (5)

God's power protects believers, so that none whom He saves from the penalty of sin (justifies at the moment they believe) will fail to also be saved from the presence of their sin in glory (Rom. 8:30). Nothing is able to separate you from this love of God (8:31ff.), and this should motivate you to fix your hope on the glory Christ will bring you.

C) Because testing results in praise (6-7)

In your position before God, you are set apart from sin and consecrated to God once for all by faith in Christ (Heb. 10; 2 Cor. 5:21). In your daily experience, though, God conforms you more and more to the image of Christ (Rom. 12). This process involves testing to purify your faith, but will result in praise, glory, and honor at the appearing of Christ. Such praise should motivate you to fix your hope on the grace Christ will bring.

D) Because rejoicing taps future blessings (8-12)

By faith, you may tap the enjoyment of your future blessings in Christ, while going through trials on earth. Such faith results in great rejoicing and "joy inexpressible and full of glory".

2) By staying pure (13-21)

Since the grace of glory awaits you at His appearing, you should fix your hope on Christ. This letter explains a number of ways to do this, and the first is by staying pure. These verses seem to offer several reasons:

A) Because God is Holy (14-16)

Since you are children of God through faith in Christ (cf. Gal. 3), and God is Holy, you too should "be holy", allowing yourself to be conformed to Christ, rather than the sinful lusts God has saved, and is saving you from (cf. Rom. 12).

B) Because God judges your works (17)

Christ bore the judgment for your sins once for all (Rom. 3:25ff.), so you will never be judged in the sense of having to pay for your sin. God, however, does judge believers in the sense of disciplining them as His children, up to and including physical death (1 Cor. 11:30ff.; Heb. 12; 1 John 5:16). 1 Cor. 3 also seems to say He judges your works, burning away anything which is not in conformity with the standard of Christ.

C) Because Christ's blood redeemed us (18-21)

Christ's sinless blood not only satisfied all God's righteous demands against your sin (Rom. 3:25; 1 John 2:2), but also, it purchased you out of the slave market of sin. The Holy Spirit so unites believers to the person and work of Christ, that, in our position before God, we have actually died with Him to sin, and been raised with Him to newness of life. This frees you not only from obligation to the death penalty of the Law, but also from obligation to yield to your sinful nature (Rom. 6:1-14). Since Christ purchased you with His "precious" blood, He owns you (1 Cor. 6:12-20), and you should now yield your members as slaves of righteousness (Rom. 6:1-14), in hope of future glory (Rom. 8).

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