message of salvation and assurance considered as continuing and fresh
good news to true believers in that we see it as begun in eternity and
AIM: That we
might take a renewed hold on that which is given us in Christ Jesus and
that we might know that this is truly the aim of Father, Son and Holy
INTR: Peter and
John are both reminders to us that there is excitement to be had in
reference to the Gospel regardless of the passage of time and experience
and that it was their aim to communicate this to others.
takes to himself the name given him by our Lord from the beginning as a
sign of his enlistment and the Apostleship to which he was called.
Though now aged he is still Peter.
2. There is a tenderness exhibited
throughout the writings of Peter that betrays his desire that others
should know and experience what he knew.
3. How easily we settle into
the routine of being a Christian and like the Ephesians to leave our
“first love” or ability to love with the intensity that we once knew.
Are the mercies of God new every morning to we who lay claim to faith in
Christ Jesus our Lord?
Truly the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to all believers in
coming to Christ. The Gospel remains the Gospel in assuring us of a past
deliverance, a present strength and help and a future secured in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
I. Salvation and the Purpose of God (vv. 1-2)
1. Peter’s characterization of those to whom he wrote may have been
either he didn’t know them or the manner in which they lived in this
1) There was no doubt that they were scattered Jewish
believers as a result of persecution.
2) But, He would address them
as such in a special way: Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 1
3) Paul also reminds us similarly: For our conversation is
in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus
Christ: Philippians 3:20.
4) What is precious is that they had an
eternal identity with the Lord.
2. We note a Trinitarian operation in
bringing them to this relationship:
1) Elected (chosen) by the Father
i. Incorporated here is confidence in the will and purpose of the Father
ii. The foreknowledge of God is connected with His foreordination – not
a prediction rather a knowledge of what He would do and to whom (See
2) Sanctified by the Holy Spirit and
i. Thus set
apart with the full capability of being what we must be in Christ
A sovereign and mysterious work of grace that defies our understanding.
3) Sprinkled by the blood of Christ.
i. Here we see the over view of
the merits of the blood of Christ in salvation initially obtained and
ii. We see that effect of the blood (sprinkling) whereby we are cleansed
continually: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
iii. Along with the verifying
obedience of faith.
3. Grace and peace is to be had now and forever
in in abundance!!
II. A present reality (v. 3)
is always to be accorded to the Father (Hallowed be thy Name!) of our
2. Begotten – again and again we declare “Ye must be born
1) It is a matter of Great mercy that such should be visited
upon such rebels as we are
2) A lively or living hope – Consider
“Christ in you” is interactive with you and so the various operations of
the Spirit – else we might just do everything once and forget it!
It is given us in and by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
i. More than bodily resurrection
ii. We are to alive and responsive
to the Godhead or there is no assurance of salvation.
doubly secured inheritance (vv. 4-9)
1. It doesn’t stop here. We are
coheirs with Christ and thus we have all in Him assured
Incorruptible – not subject to decay as are all things here
Undefiled – completely pure in the manner of Christ and all that is
acceptable with God.
i. Not touched by the unclean
containing impurities of any kind
iii. Completely fit for divine
3) Fadeth not away – One word from which we get the word
“amaranthine” which means eternally beautiful and as the word says
4) It is a particular inheritance – reserved for you in
that it meets you needs, desires, brings joy and features an ever
increasing view and enjoyment of the Lord.
2. The you (or us) is “who
1) It is by the power (dunamis) of God thus declaring that
He is actively engaged in keeping us: 24 Now unto him that is able to
keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence
of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be
glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude
2) It is through faith and so we understand that it is
3) Unto salvation yet to be completed
abundant cause for rejoicing in spite of heaviness and trial
and its value is proven in trial
5. Christ is believed and faith
brings us to see the unseen and “Joy Unspeakable.”
6. We are even now
in the process of receiving salvation!!