Today, we’ll look at four important truths. We’ll discuss: Being passionate for what is good. Possessing a willingness to suffer. Honoring Christ as holy. And finally, we’ll understand what it means to live in the hope for glory.
I. A QUICK REVIEW
- 1 Peter is directed to suffering believers.
- 4.12- fiery trial. Being persecuted for righteousness.
- 2.9-10 – Peter reminds us who we are.
- 2.11 – we are aliens and strangers. What do we do?
- How do we respond? 3.13-17 gives us the answer.
II. 3.13 – BE PASSIONATE FOR WHAT IS GOOD.
- 3.13- This is a general truth.
- Zealous – it’s a passion for goodness that we just fall in love with.
III. 3.14 – HAVE A WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER.
- 3.14 – But even if…You could still suffer, even while you’re doing good.
- 3.14b – When we suffer, we will be blessed.
- 3.14c – Have no fear of them, nor be troubled.
IV. 3.15a – HONOR CHRIST AS HOLY.
- This verse is an adaptation of Isaiah 8.11-13.
- Isaiah 8.13 – We are to reverence God. Treat Him as holy.
- Isaiah 8.14 – No. Those who fear God, for them He will become a sanctuary.
- If Isaiah feared men, it would show he didn’t trust God’s promise.
- Isaiah 41.10, 13; 35.14.
- In 1 Peter 3.14-15, Peter makes the application to Christ. Displeasing Christ is more fearful than the threats of man.
- We must trust Him with all our heart. 1 Peter 5.7, 10.
V. 3.15b – LIVE IN THE HOPE OF GLORY
- 3.15b – our fear can be turned to hope.
- Everything we do as Christians drives at the reality of our hope.
- What is our hope? What specifically Peter talking about? 1.9.
- Eternal life. Heaven. 1.3-4.
- Our defense of the hope within us begins with the heartfelt reality of Christ and the joyful hope in His promises! See 4.19; 5.6-7; 10.
- Our primary activity in preparing to stand, is to keep our hearts happy in God.
- So what about you? Are you at ease with whatever comes? If not, the answer is Jesus. We’d like to invite you into a relationship with Him.