We sojourn as warrior-pilgrims. We will confound man's predictions as we conquer God's enemies in faith.
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:10-16
- Christ has set a pattern for us of suffering before receiving glory.
- The Christian life involves suffering, which comes in many forms.
- This suffering, however, is not redemptive, like Christ’s suffering was for us.
- The animal sacrifices of the old order were insufficient to save, so Christ had to suffer to work salvation for us.
- The disciples did not anticipate Jesus’ suffering, and Peter even tried to deny that it would happen.
- We need to take up our cross, and deny self for the sake of Christ’s kingdom.
- Beyond the suffering, there is a glory to be revealed.
- The prophets suffered for the message they brought.
- We must beware when all men speak well of us. Part of our calling is to suffer.
- We are not betrayed or abandoned by God in experiencing suffering. Rather, we are fellowshipping with Christ.
- The great Jubilee has come through Christ. He has brought transforming renewal.
- We must not look for renewal of the past. We must look for renewal for today, and for the future.
- Jesus is the end and the goal of history. He is not just spoken of by the prophets, He spoke through the prophets.
- The Spirit of God was the fire in the bones of the prophets, spurring them on to proclaim the word of the Lord.
- The prophets longed to know more, to know the when and how of the prophecy’s fulfilment. They did not understand all the implications of what they were saying (vv. 10-12).
- Peter instructs us to prepare our minds for action (1 Pet. 1:13).
- Peter is not just considering human hindsight; he is telling us that God’s word prevails in every age.
- We need insight before and during the trial. Foresight is more valuable than hindsight.
- Our calling is not to predict changes, but to change predictions.
- Predictions are man’s attempt to exert some control over the future. However, there is no security apart from God.
- Prophecy is God’s word, which will come to pass.
- We act in the present as an expression of faith for tomorrow (cf. Rom. 8:28).
- We cannot live off the past. We can step out not on predictions but on faith.
- If we do not act for fear of failure or mistakes, we will never do anything. We need to act on God’s word.
- God’s word makes mockery of man’s predictions.
- Peter’s prescription: readiness and holiness (vv. 13-16).
- Child-like obedience confounds the world.
- We sojourn as warrior-pilgrims. We will confound man’s predictions as we conquer God’s enemies.
- God will give us light at evening time (Zach. 14:7).
- Contrast the purpose Christ’s suffering and our suffering?
- What is the renewal that Christ is working?
- What is the difference between hindsight and foresight and what is the value of each?
- As God’s servants, how can we “change predictions”?
- Is my life characterized by child-like obedience to God’s word?