The Enduring Word

True Grace (Part 3): The Enduring WordText: 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

In this lesson, we are going to consider the word of God and how it is connected to Peter’s theme of the grace of God.

Obedience to the Truth (1:22)

  • In discussing the “true grace of God” (1 Peter 5:12), Peter mentioned obedience; but not as the world does – he did not pit grace and obedience against one another; he did not say obedience is unnecessary; he did not say that our obedience is an attempt to “earn” salvation
  • Peter has already emphasized obedience (1 Peter 1:2, 14) – we must obey the truth which is the word of God (John 17:17)
  • When we obey the truth, we purify our souls – we purify our hearts by faith (Acts 15:9); faith comes by hearing the word (Romans 10:17); therefore, faith must be an obedient faith
  • When we obey the truth, we have a sincere love for our brethren – without hypocrisy (Romans 12:9); leads us to “fervently love one another from the heart” because God loves us (1 John 4:11)

The Seed by which We Are Born Again (1:23)

  • Peter already mentioned being “born again” (1 Peter 1:3) – baptized into Christ (John 3:3, 5; Romans 6:3-4); able to be “born again” because of the “seed which is…imperishable
  • The “seed” that leads us to be “born again” is the “word of God” – the gospel is God’s power for salvation (Romans 1:16); the gospel would be preached to all creation (Mark 16:15) and those who would respond would be baptized (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:37-38, 41); “baptism now saves you” (1 Peter 3:21) because it is the proper response to the gospel (Romans 10:13-14; Acts 22:16)
  • If we teach a message that does not call people to obey the Lord and be baptized, we are teaching a message that is “perishable” – a different gospel (Galatians 1:6-7)

The Word of God Is Living and Enduring (1:23-25)

  • God’s word is not something that will become outdated and lost to time – it is living (Hebrews 4:12) and will endure forever (Psalm 119:89)
  • This is the word that was preached to us (1 Peter 1:25) – the “gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24)
  • Man is always in need of salvation (Romans 3:23; 1 Peter 2:25) – therefore, man always needs the gospel (Romans 1:16); there will never come a time when we need something other than the gospel for this

The Word Has Been Given So We May Grow (2:1-3)

  • Not only are we expected to obey the truth (1 Peter 1:22), we are expected to grow (cf. 2 Peter 3:18) – just as an infant is expected to grow, we must grow in Christ
  • How do we grow? – put aside sin (1 Peter 2:1; cf. 1:14; 4:2); desire the pure milk of the word (1 Peter 2:2; cf. 2 Corinthians 2:17; Revelation 22:17-18); put the word into practice (Hebrews 5:14)
  • If you have tasted the kindness of the Lord” (1 Peter 2:3) – we must recognize the fact that God is gracious to us and then “continue in His kindness” (Romans 11:22)

Conclusion

  • By the grace of God, He has offered salvation to us – He has shown us how to receive it in His word
  • It is the same message that we need to follow today – will be the same message as long as the earth stands

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