in Christ as the quest of the prophets and all the Old Testament and the
subject of the Gospel delivered to the Apostles and confirmed in us was
we hear them in the word verifying that such has always been the purpose
AIM: That we
might never take lightly the greatness of this salvation which has the
stamp and seal of our eternal God upon it; that we should proclaim it
INTR: There is
much we know of the suffering of these people and of the determination
of Peter to honor the Lord in feeding them as His sheep. Peter saw it
essential that they see this salvation as purpose from the beginning and
manifested even now in the preaching of the Gospel.
1. It was out of
tenderness and concern that Peter reminded them of the fact that their
salvation and the gift of faith had come as the result of a divine
decree (v. 2).
2. Thus, he would assure them of the keeping power of
the Lord in seeing His purpose through.
3. He would have them rejoice
even in the face of persecution as they contemplated Christ and the love
they had for Him.
salvation we preach today has ever been the determination of our
sovereign Lord and Savior has attracted the attention of all with whom
He has had to do, including the prophets and the angels. How shall we
escape if we neglect.
I. A celebrated salvation (v. 9)
note that the rejoicing of the preceding verses was presently occurring
and that so was the process of receiving this salvation.
many, salvation is something for which they wait, while true faith
immediately embraces the life that is in Christ our Lord.
2) We would
carefully observe that it is the person of Christ that is the apparent
cause of their joy “Whom having not seen, ye love…”
2. Salvation is
not a static condition, it is a continuous revealing and an experience
1) How easily people claim a relationship with the Lord
and are unchanged in word and deed.
2) The earnest of our inheritance
is not a mere token; it is the seal of the Spirit and a very present
participation in the life from above.
3. This world would devalue the
soul of man; the bible terms it worth the world and more!
prophesied salvation (vv. 10-12)
1. We may physically count the words
in the Bible (many have); we may never plumb the spiritual depth,
height, and breadth of it.
1) And, we must be impressed with the fact
that it is centered on the person and work of Christ.
2) And in that
Christ is the center of it, salvation is the grand scheme of it and not
to be neglected.
2. Peter is careful to point out that the salvation
we receive and know in Christ is the same salvation of which the
1) Moses was quite specific that the greatest of
prophets was to come
2) Isaiah wrote of that which was separate from
the symbolic and typical religion of his day.
3) Jeremiah longingly
identified Him as the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
4) The Lord even
referred to Jonah and the sign that was given him in the deep!
Their activity, which no doubt included much study and prayer, was
1) They not only knew of His coming, but knew Him and longed
2) Their prophesy was of grace to be known and experienced
and was to come to us! (I often experience a sense of history in
visiting sites, but to visit the prophets and understand that they were
writing of the things that have so gloriously come to me is awe
4. The Old Testament (much larger than the New Testament)
was Christ centered as well
1) It was the Spirit of Christ that was
in them searching “what, or what manner of time…”
2) Even as Christ
told His disciples of the necessity of His sufferings, the prophets
understood it to a degree and so the New Testament reveals that the
necessity of that suffering which was to come.
3) But, that same
Spirit revealed to them the glory that was to follow and such glory we
have only begun to behold – we see the glory of God in the face of Jesus
Christ, we catch a glimpse of it on the Mount, and we await a time of
seeing it face to face and being identified with Him in a manifested
Kingdom they so gloriously described!
5. They realized that the
things with which they were dealing were for a time to come and so it
did with the coming of Christ into the world and,
1) This is the same
Lord and the same Gospel with the same Holy Spirit empowering its
delivery unto us and to you in this little insignificant place.
we open the Word of God, we stand on the same “Holy Ground” on which
Moses stood and we are advised to reverence it in the same manner.
As I have often stood in Jamestown and been touched with a sense of
history, I open the Word of God, see and hear the Gospel, and am touched
with the sense of eternity.
6. It is the quest of Heaven to know the
glorious things concerning Christ – the Angels rejoice at all that He is
and has done in redeeming His people.
III. A manifested salvation
1. The last few verses of our text encourage attention to
the things of the Gospel as a reason to pull our thoughts together and
focus on the hope that is coming in Christ.
1) We are to be as
2) Separating from the influence that would slow us
in the race – “gird up the loins of our minds.”
2. It is imperative
that we be reminded often that He which has called us is Holy and
That it behooves us to strive to be as He is in all our manner of life
2) To know, as a matter of fact, experience and desire because He
who is Holy above all commands it!
3. Those figures from our
historical past are memories, He from our Spiritual past lives with us
and in us!