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Eternal Qualities of Our Salvation
1 Pet 1:22-25

22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, {that is,} through the living and abiding word of God. 24 For, "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, 25 But the word of the Lord abides forever." And this is the word which was preached to you. (NAS)

Introduction
One of the characteristics of being saved is love for your Christian brothers and sisters. It is mentioned in scripture several times. In the text Simon Peter mentions it in the eternal qualities of salvation.

Do you love your Christian brothers and sisters? Personalities differ, and some personal qualities are more attractive then others but we are told to love. Love of the brethren is one of the evidences that you are a Christian.

Simon mention other Eternal Qualities of this our salvation in this passage.
Lets look at:

1. Eternal Qualities of Our Salvation Includes Our . . Brotherhood.

2. Eternal Qualities of Our Salvation Includes Our . . Birth.

3. Eternal Qualities of Our Salvation Includes Our . . Bible.
 
 

1.    Eternal Qualities of Our Salvation Includes Our . .
Brotherhood. v 22


22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

A.    Brotherhood with a . . Purified Love. v 22 a
        Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love
        of the brethren, . . . "

PURIFY
48 hagnizo-
1) ceremonially: to make pure, purify, cleanse
2) morally

SINCERE
505 anupokritos (an-oo-pok'-ree-tos);
from 1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of 5271; undissembled, i.e. sincere: KJV-- without dissimulation (hypocrisy), unfeigned.

LOVE OF THE BRETHREN
5360 philadelphia (fil-ad-el-fee'-ah);
from 5361; fraternal affection: KJV-- brotherly love (kindness),
 

B. Brotherhood with a . . Passionate Love. v 22 b
    ". . . fervently love one another from the heart, . . . "

FERVENTLY LOVE
25 agapao (ag-ap-ah'-o);
perhaps from agan (much) [or compare 5689]; to love (in a social or moral sense): KJV-- (be-) love (-ed). Compare 5368.

2 Pet 1:7 and in {your} godliness, brotherly kindness, and in {your} brotherly kindness, love. (NAS)

Illustration
A man (Rocky Alexander) from my home church stops by to see me every once in a while. Recently he stopped and we took a break at McDonalds. In the course of our conversation he told me this story of a Christian Brother's love expressed to his dad back in the 50s.

His dad at 50 years of age lost his job. He asked for prayer in the deacon's meeting and in prayer meeting. One night about 9:00 p.m. a fellow deacon (Marty Pitt) knocked on his door, and handed him an envelope saying Lowell this is for you and, your family.

In the envelope was $500.00. That would be like $2,000.00 today. He gave it out of Christian love for a brother in need.

Application

The one man is still alive. I knew both men and I know there lives were in tune to the word of God. This expression was simply the out growth of the love for a Christian brother.

How is the quality of Christian love for you brothers and sisters?
 
 

2.    Eternal Qualities of Our Salvation Includes Our . .
Birth. v 23


23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, {that is,} through the living and abiding word of God.

A.    We were NOT Born From a . . Perishable Seed. v 23 a

    1.    Note Simon's use of the word perishable.

1 Pet 1:7 that the proof of your faith, {being} more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (NAS)

1 Pet 1:18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, (NAS)

(2 Pet 3:9 NASB) The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
 

B.    We were born From an . . Imperishable Seed. v 23 a

1 Pet 1:4 to {obtain} an inheritance {which is} imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

Rom 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (NAS)
 

Illustration
Evangelist Leighton Ford wrote the following about his son Sandy: During the months following Sandy's death, to cope with my grief and sense of loss, I kept a journal. Through a series of "conversations" with Sandy, I continued to express my grief and bring our relationship to a close.

In one of those chats, I said, "Sandy, you've been dead two months earth time." "I feel as if I have been alive forever, Dad. It's a lot like one big long today."

"It's not a matter of time, Sandy, except that time heals. It's more a matter of nearness. I guess I'm concerned that as our time goes on, we will lose any sense of nearness."

"But why, Dad? You're moving closer to eternity every day. You're no longer moving from, but to me! And besides, the 'Wall' between is so thin -- you would laugh if you could see it."

"I think more of you than when you were at Chapel Hill."
"Sure! I know you do. I hear those thoughts."
"Night, son! Enjoy the stars!"
"It's morning here, Dad. I enjoy the light!"

Application

Have you been born again? It is as easy as A, B, C.

Let me share my experience. I thought I was a Christian because as a child I know the Bible very well. I would almost always win the Bible Drills, and I could quote many scripture verses.

When I say other children going forward I ask my mom if I could. She talked to me and then took me to talk with the preacher. He did all he could do in questioning me but I had the answers in my head. I knew how to answer the questions.

When I was 20 years of age a friend got killed in a car wreck. The thought came to me if your a Christian why didn't you ever talk to him about Jesus. That question echoed in my mind. The conclusion I came up with was I never talked to him about Jesus because I never really made a commitment of my life to Christ.

I admitted my need. I admitted I was a sinner who needed to be saved. I believed Jesus would save me and I made a Commitment of my life to Him. It is a simple ABC formula.

A Admit your Need

B Believe Christ forgives and will Forgive You.

C Commit Your Live to the Lordship of Christ.

        1.    Do this but Repenting (turning) away from your sin
        2.    Do this through a prayer of Commitment to Christ.
 
 

3.    Eternal Qualities of Our Salvation Includes Our . .
Bible. v 23 b - 25


23 b {that is,} through the living and abiding word of God. 24 For, "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, 25 But the word of the Lord abides forever." And this is the word which was preached to you.

The Word of God = Scripture not Jesus in this application

AT Robertson says "The Gospel Message"

Luke 8:11 "Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.
 

A.    Our Bible Is NOT . . Dead. v 23 b word = LOGOS
        ". . . {that is,} through the living and abiding word of God.

            1. It Is . . Living. v 23 b
                    a.    This word, or a form of it used many times in this letter.

            2.    It Is . . Lasting. v 23 b
                    a.    Abiding. v 23 b & 25 a
 

B.    Our Bible Is NOT . . Decayed. v 24 - 25 a
        1.    It is not like . .Flesh.
                a.    Flesh get's old and decays

        2.    It Is Not Like . . Flowers.
                a.    Flowers fade and fall off.
 

B.    Our Bible Is . . Dynamic. v 25 word = REMA
        But the word of the Lord abides forever." And this is the word which was
        preached to you.

        1.    Dynamic in Its . . Past. v 25 a
        2.    Dynamic In It's . . Present. v 25 b
        3.    Dynamic In It's . . Preaching. v 25 b

Illustration
A rabbi was asked a question by a pupil, referring to Deuteronomy 6:6-- "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart." "Why is it said this way?" the pupil asked. "Why are we not told to place them in our heart?"

The rabbi answered that it is not within man's power to place the divine teachings directly in his heart. "All that we can do is place them on the surface of the heart so that when the heart breaks they will drop in."

Illustration
If we hope to lead people to Christ, it is vital that we learn to rely upon the "Sword of the Spirit."

Dr. Broadus, a Southern Baptist professor and preacher, was asked on one occasion by a fine student, not a Christian however, to write in his autograph book. Dr. Broadus wrote in it three Greek words which mean:

HEN SE HUSTEREI

"One thing thou lackest."

Years later Dr. Broadus received a letter from a distinguished medical doctor in Texas. In the letter the doctor stated that he had never been able to forget that one sentence in his album and trusted that now he had the one thing that formerly he lacked.
 

Why did that thought continue to haunt the young man? Because the word of God is Living , and abiding.