Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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To God Be The Glory!
1 Peter 1:1-5

1. Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: may grace and peace be yours in fullest measure. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to {obtain} an inheritance {which is} imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (NAS)

Introduction
Did you ever have a friend with a very unusual name. This person wanted to change their name and really did not appreciate their parents giving them the name they gave them.

In my teen years there was a person in my larger circle of friends who wanted to change his name. His parents named him Allowishes. To top that off his last name was Hotzinfrotz.

So his full name was Allowishes. Hotzinfrotz. Do you blame him for wanting to change his name?

Do you remember how many of the Lords disciples got there name changed. I can recall only one and that was Simon Peter.

In John 1:42 Jesus said "You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas". (NAS)

Today we are going to begin a series of sermons through the book of 1 Peter. So open your Bibles and follow as I begin with verse one of chapter one.
 
 

1.     To God Be The Glory He Is . . Scattering His Disciples. v 1


v 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen

A.    Scattered by . . Persecution. Acts 8:1   (NAS)
1 And Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
 

B.    Scattered for . . Preaching.   Acts 8:4
4 Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word. (NAS)
 

Illustration
A traveling man came into a hotel to secure a room for the night. Upon being informed that every room in the building had been taken, he was naturally quite perturbed, until a portly gentleman standing nearby kindly offered to share his room with him. The offer was thankfully accepted.

Upon retiring, the portly man knelt and prayed, tenderly mentioning his guest for the night in his petition. In the morning his host informed him that it was his custom to read a portion of the Word of God and pray before taking up the responsibilities of the day. The effect upon the man was moving; a strange feeling came over him; something had been working in his heart all the night. When gently pressed by this stranger to accept the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior, his resistance went down in a heap. A soul had been won for Christ!

But who is this humble ambassador of Christ, who so strikingly resembles a member of President Wilson's cabinet? When business cards were exchanged before parting, to the guest's amazement he read, "William Jennings Bryan, Secretary of State."

Application

When we are traveling or scattered. We should tell others about Jesus.
 


2.     To God Be The Glory He Is . . Saving His Disciples. v 2


v 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: may grace and peace be yours in fullest measure.

A.    The Salvation of the Disciples is a . . Triune Event
        1.    The . . Selection of the Father. v 2 a
                    "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, . . ."

Ryrie: Foreknowledge. God's prior knowledge of all things, based on His relation to them, is the basis of our election. More than passive foresight, foreknowledge involves God's active consciousness of all that is to come to pass. "

Illustration
The first time we are aware of Jesus seeing Simon He changed his name. Do you see how the Foreknowledge of God fits into the life of the Believer?

Gal 2:7-8
7 But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter {had been} to the circumcised 8 (for He who effectually worked for Peter in {his} apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles), (NAS)

Illustration
During the Second World War, a church in Strasbourg was destroyed. After the bombing, the members of this particular church went to see what was left and found that the entire roof had fallen in, leaving a heap of rubble and broken glass. Much to their surprise, however, a statue of Christ with outstretched hands that had been carved centuries before by a great artist was still standing erect. It was virtually unharmed except that both hands had been sheered off by a falling beam.

The people hurried to a sculptor in town and asked if he could replace the hands of the statue. He was willing, and he even offered to do it for nothing. The church officials met to consider the sculptor's proposition -- and decided not to accept his offer. Why? Because they felt that the statue without hands would be the greatest illusion possible that God's work is done through His people.

In a very real sense that's true. Jesus Christ chooses human hands. Sometimes they seem to be the most infirm hands, the least potentially successful hands, or the least qualified hands -- but those are the hands He uses.

        2.    The . . Sanctification of the Spirit. v 2 b
                    ". . . through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience . . . "

John 6:28-29 28 They said therefore to Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." (NAS)

Illustration
The term obey would be better expressed by the word use. For instance, a scientist uses the laws of nature; that is, he more than obeys them, he causes them to fulfill their destiny in his work. That is exactly what happens in the saint's life. He uses the commands of the Lord, and they fulfill God's destiny in his life. Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

        3.    The . . Sacrifice of Christ Blood. v 2 c
                    ". . . sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: . . ."

Ryrie:
"Sprinkled with His blood signifies the personal application of the sacrifice of Christ. "
 

B.    The Salvation of the Disciples is a . . Thriving Event.
                    v 2 d ". . . Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied."

Illustration
At one time J. Wilbur Chapman experienced a great sorrow that nearly shook his faith. In addition, his finances were almost depleted just when it was necessary for him to take a long trip to the western United States. One of the elders of his church who was a wealthy banker came to his home to offer a word of comfort and encouragement. As he left, he slipped a piece of paper into the pastor's hand. Chapman looked at it and was surprised to find that it was a check made out to him and signed by this rich friend.

But the figures to indicate the amount of the gift were missing. "Did you really mean to give me a signed blank check?" he asked. "Yes," said the man. "I didn't know how much you'd need, and I wanted to be sure you would have enough." Later Chapman commented, "While I never had to use that check, it gave me a secure feeling to know that thousands of dollars were literally at my disposal."

Application

Someone has said, "God has given us a signed check in Phillipians 4:19 to provide for every genuine need that arises in our lives."
 


3.    To God Be The Glory He Is . . Strengthening His Disciples.
v 3 - 5


3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to {obtain} an inheritance {which is} imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (NAS)

A.    Strength through a . . Living Hope. v 3
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

        1.    The . . Cause of our Living Hope.
                a.    God.
        2.    The . . Construction of our Living Hope.
                a.    The Resurrection.

Illustration
Writing in The Sunday School Times many years ago, Newman Hall told about a Christian friend who was invited to debate publicly with some men who had no use for the Lord or the church. The believer said, "When you can find me twelve families who were once Christians but by embracing your views have become more virtuous, useful, contented, and happy, I will think it worthwhile to argue with you, and not before."

Then he said, "I can find you one hundred families who were once living only for this present world, but who because of Christ have become better husbands and wives, better parents and children, more virtuous, and sober, and happy." Hall concluded, "Yes, let religion be tested by its purifying power."

B. Strength through a . . Lasting Hope. v 4-5
4 to {obtain} an inheritance {which is} imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,   5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
        1.    A Lasting Inheritance.
                    a.    It's Death Proof. " incorruptible"
                    b.    It's Sin Proof. "undefiled"
                    c.    It's Time Proof. " fadeth not away"
                    d.    It is Eternal. "reserved in heaven"

Ryrie Perfect tense indicating that our inheritance has already been put in safe keeping and continues there.

Conclusion

In one of the cathedrals of England there is a beautiful window through which the sunlight streams. It displays facts and personalities of the Old and New Testaments. The artist fabricated the window out of broken bits of glass discarded by another artist.

He redeemed the glass from the trash pile, by his God-given skill for the purpose of teaching that God's light can shine through that which has been redeemed.

To God Be The Glory!

1.    He Is . . Scattering His Disciples. v 1

2.    He Is . . Saving His Disciples. v 2

3.    He Is . . Strengthening His Disciples.