Oak Grove Baptist Church

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Scripture Outline

  1. Why Has God Chosen You? (1Pe_1:1-2)
  2. The Fringe Benefits of the New Birth (1Pe_1:3-5)
  3. How Trials Can Bring Joy (1Pe_1:6-9)
  4. The Priority of Salvation (1Pe_1:10-12)
  5. Called to Be Holy (1Pe_1:13-16)
  6. Living Like Strangers Here on Earth (1Pe_1:17-21)
  7. Loving from the Heart (1Pe_1:22-25)

1 Peter 1:10-12

  • 1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 
  • 1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 
  • 1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 

The Priority of Salvation

Salvation Is The Major Theme Of This Letter.

  1. Peter Never Allows Us To Lose Sight Of The Priority Of Salvation Through Faith In Jesus Christ.
  1. It was this basic message that Peter proclaimed to the Sanhedrin when he and John were arrested for preaching the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  2. Peter declared, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Act_4:12).
  1. It is of this salvation that Peter now writes.

    1. He shares two important truths concerning this salvation.
    2. 1. This Salvation Was Spoken By The Prophets (1Pe_1:10-12).
  1. Long before the birth of Jesus, the prophets were inquiring about this salvation and were searching for it (1Pe_1:10-11).
  2. The Holy Spirit had revealed to them the coming of this salvation.
  3. They longed for it to take place in their lifetimes.
  4. And yet, it was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but rather us who were to be born in later generations (1Pe_1:12).
  5. They testified long before Christ's birth and His sufferings concerning the glories that were to follow His death and Resurrection (1Pe_1:12).

For Example, Isaiah prophesied concerning the suffering of Jesus when he wrote, "He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed" (Isa_53:3-5).

In Contrast, The Psalmist Writes About The Glory That Was To Be Revealed In Jesus Christ.

"Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psa_16:9-11).

The Prophets Were Called Not Only To Minister To Their Contemporaries,





          1. But they came to understand that they were sharing prophecies which would be a source of instruction and blessing to those of future generations.
          2. This salvation has come not merely from the mind of man, but from the Lord Himself.

2. This Salvation Is A Heavenly Message (1Pe_1:12).

a. This message has come by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.

b. It is a message which is eternal.

  • It has been good news to every past generation which has received it,
  • and it shall continue to be good news to every future generation which shall receive it until the coming again of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It Is Difficult For Our Minds To Conceive

  • Just how unusual it is for a message to have eternal qualities—
  • For it to be good news for every generation.
  1. Let me attempt to illustrate this fact by asking you to review the front page of your morning newspaper.
  1. Your first challenge will be to find any good news.
  2. However, the major challenge will be to recognize the temporariness of the relevancy and urgency of this morning's headlines.
  3. By tomorrow, new developments will replace those things which seem so urgent today.
  4. Within a week, most of the news will be out of date.
  5. And if you save that newspaper for several years, it will have historical value and your grandchildren will enjoy reading about the good old days, but it will have little contemporary news value.
  6. But the message of salvation is always relevant and urgent.
  7. It is appropriate for every generation, every culture, every person.
  8. It is a heavenly message brought by the Holy Spirit and will never become outdated.

In Fact, It Is Such A Marvelous Message That Even The Angels Of Heaven Desire To Look Into It.

Can you imagine that?

  1. The angels in heaven are in the presence of the glory and majesty of God.
  2. Yet they long to look into this message of salvation.
  3. The verbal form translated as "look into" is a marvelous word in the Greek.
  4. It is parakúptō, and it means to "stoop down to take a peek."

Isn't that wonderful?

  1. The angels of heaven want to take a peek at this wonderful salvation
  1. which has been declared by the prophets,
  2. revealed by the Holy Spirit,
  3. and is available for all who will receive it by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord!
  1. The writer of Hebrews summarizes the situation well when he poses the question,
  • "How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?" (Heb_2:3).
  1. For all who receive this great salvation it is blessed;
  1. it brings joy unspeakable and full of glory;
  2. and it promises life eternal.

1 Peter 1:6-9

  1. Why Has God Chosen You? (1Pe_1:1-2)
  2. The Fringe Benefits of the New Birth (1Pe_1:3-5)
  3. How Trials Can Bring Joy (1Pe_1:6-9)
  4. The Priority of Salvation (1Pe_1:10-12)
  5. Called to Be Holy (1Pe_1:13-16)
  6. Living Like Strangers Here on Earth (1Pe_1:17-21)
  7. Loving from the Heart (1Pe_1:22-25)

III. How Trials Can Bring Joy

After beginning his letter with words of affirmation and encouragement, Peter proceeds with loving counsel for those who are facing trials and suffering. Although he discusses the matter of suffering more thoroughly later in his letter, he does not hesitate to face the subject immediately with love and sensitivity.

Peter knows what it means to face temptations and trials. He remembers well the pain of falling to temptation when he denied his Lord on the night of Christ's betrayal. Undoubtedly, Peter continued to face trials in the succeeding days, and he discovered that in addition to the grief that trials bring, there are also benefits which God brings to pass. And so he shares with the suffering church three specific results of the trials which God allows to come into our lives.


1. The Grief Of Trials (1Pe_1:6).

a. Peter begins by acknowledging the legitimate grief that comes from manifold trials.

  • Grieving (lupéō) is an important human emotion.
  • God created us with the capacity to grieve.
  • Jesus demonstrated the depths of human grief when he stood before the tomb of his dear friend Lazarus who had been dead for three days. Jesus wept (Joh_11:35).

b. It is right for us to grieve when pain and death and suffering come into our lives.

  • Our Lord has promised to be our Comforter and Encourager.
  • The period of grieving is a time for the healing of our inner being.
  • Trials, temptations, and suffering bring grief to our lives.
  • Our Lord identifies with the feelings of our infirmities.
  • He has been tempted in every way in which we are tempted (Heb_4:14-16).

c. The word translated as "temptation" in verse 1Pe_1:6, is the Greek word peirasmós, which is better translated as "trials" within this context. 

Peter is speaking about that undeserved, unexplainable trial which comes from without as opposed to the temptation to do evil which comes from within our spiritual being.

This is the same form of trial that James writes about when he states that the testing of our faith produces patience.

These trials are manifold or various. They come in a variety of forms. The word for "manifold" is poikilos, which also means "many-colored." We, too, face the trials of life in many forms and many colors. With these trials comes a very legitimate expression of grief. To deny that grief is only to exaggerate the pain of the trials.


2. The Purpose Of Trials (1Pe_1:7). 

But in the midst of that grief, God is graciously assuring us that there is a positive purpose in our suffering. God is not the cause of suffering and pain, but He does not allow it to be wasted. He uses every trial for our good if we commit ourselves to Him (Rom_8:28).

Peter exposes at least two specific benefits we can experience from every trial. Of course, these benefits are only for those who are enjoying the fringe benefits of the new birth by walking in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.

First, we suffer trials so that our faith may be proved genuine (1Pe_1:7). The key word here is "faith." Trials can and often do destroy the lives of those who have no faith in Christ. But for those who are trusting in Christ with vital faith, the trials of life will actually strengthen us.

Peter uses the analogy of gold which is tested or refined with fire. That process removes all of the impurities and makes the gold more pure and precious. That is how God uses trials in our lives. He allows the trials to come so that the impurities of sin may be removed from us and so that our faith may become more precious. We grow to be more and more dependent upon our Lord, and less dependent upon ourselves. We become more and more like Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Peter tells us a second benefit of trials is that we may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1Pe_1:7). Peter always puts our lives into perspective. The suffering of life is only temporary. It is an inconvenience that we must endure for the present. And God, in His grace, will use even that for our good.

But our focus should not be upon our suffering, trials, and temptations. We should be looking forward to the ultimate revelation of Jesus Christ. The genuineness of our faith will bring praise, honor, and glory to Christ when He comes again to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Whenever I hear that kind of talk, I think about the slaves who suffered so much in the early history of the United States. Many of the spirituals which we have come to admire and enjoy came out of the hearts and lives of those who were suffering. But those Christian slaves lived with great hope for the future. They looked forward to "crossing the Jordan." They were suffering in the present, but they looked forward to the joy of the future when they would be with Christ.


3. The Joy Of Trials (1Pe_1:8). 

Peter now focuses upon the marvelous subject of joy. In the midst of trials, we can experience authentic joy. The joy of the Lord does not come from the externals of life. It can be experienced only as we walk in the Spirit and receive joy as one of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal_5:22-23).

The possession of joy is always dependent upon living in a vital relationship to Christ. Where the Lord is, there is authentic joy. Peter speaks of Jesus when he states that "although we have not seen Him, we love Him; and although we do not see Him now, we believe in Him; and as we believe we do rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory" (1Pe_1:8).

This joy is more than transitory; it is unspeakable and full of glory. It is an inexpressible and glorious joy. If you have experienced that quality of joy in your own life, you know how it can come in the midst of trial and pain. The joy of the Lord can shine through the tears that come into our lives.

I have a pastor friend who has just returned from Uganda. He spent significant time with Christian brothers and sisters who have suffered so much in the past few years. Most of them have lost several loved ones who have been murdered or killed in various uprisings. Many Christians have been martyred for their faith. Most of the believers have lost everything they owned. They are struggling for food and survival.

In the midst of all of these trials and hardships, they are joyful people. In fact, my friend shared that he had never been among such genuinely joyful people in all of his life. He serves a church which is comprised of members who are very affluent and who possess nearly everything that money can buy. Yet his people do not display the joy which he observed in the lives of the suffering Christians of Uganda.

What a lesson for us to learn! Joy does not come from the abundance of things we have. Joy comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives. The joy of the Lord can be ours only when Jesus is Lord and we are possessed by the Holy Spirit. Authentic joy cannot be contrived or fabricated. It must come from the heart.

The end of it all is the end of our faith—the salvation of our souls (1Pe_1:9). Once again Peter brings us back to the basics of salvation. He presents the perspective of the "eternal" rather than the temporary. The gold in which so many people trust is temporary; it will perish (1Pe_1:7). But the salvation of the Lord is eternal. No wonder we can have joy unspeakable and full of glory even in the midst of temporary trials and pain. We are assured of victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! We are able to bring praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ!

This end or goal of our faith is not the conclusion. The "end" (télos) is the actual consummation of our faith. Its final end will be the salvation of our souls.

1 Peter 1:1-2

What Salvation Is All About

Scripture Outline

  1. Why Has God Chosen You? (1Pe_1:1-2)
  2. The Fringe Benefits of the New Birth (1Pe_1:3-5)
  3. How Trials Can Bring Joy (1Pe_1:6-9)
  4. The Priority of Salvation (1Pe_1:10-12)
  5. Called to Be Holy (1Pe_1:13-16)
  6. Living Like Strangers Here on Earth (1Pe_1:17-21)
  7. Loving from the Heart (1Pe_1:22-25)

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1 Peter 1:3-5

1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which According To His Abundant Mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 

1Pe 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 

1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 


The Fringe Benefits of the New Birth

One evening not long ago, we were invited to the home of some new Christian friends for a wonderful evening of dinner and fellowship. As the evening ended, our host asked me to pray, and then he led us in singing the doxology. All of us were moved to tears as we joined in simply offering praise and thanksgiving to God.

In The Same Way; Peter Begins His Letter With A Note Of PRAISE AND DOXOLOGY.

  • "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!"

  1. "MERCY" Is A Key Word Which We Must Understand
  • TO GRASP The Fullest Meaning of Peter's Teaching on The Subject Of Salvation.

WATCH THIS: Within The Context Of Verse 1Pe_1:3,


  1. Peter reminds us that NEW BIRTH has come to us through The Mercy Of God (1Pe_1:3).
  2. The phrase "… begotten us again" is better translated as the "NEW BIRTH."

As Paul Said,

  1. "According to His MERCY He saved us" (Tit_3:5).
  2. And the writer of Lamentations contended that it is by:

    • God's MERCIES that we are not consumed.
  1. Peter later declares that Without God We Were Without Mercy, "but now have obtained MERCY" 1Pe_2:10).

  • Psa_17:7  Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
  • Psa_26:3  For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
  • Psa_36:7  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
  • Psa_36:10  O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.
  • Psa_40:11  Withhold Not Thou Thy Tender Mercies From Me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
  • Psa_42:8  Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
  • Psa_63:3  Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
  • Psa_103:4  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who Crowneth Thee With Lovingkindness And Tender Mercies;

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The Bible Teaches Us That The "NEW BIRTH:"

  1. Is the beginning of NEW LIFE in Jesus Christ.

Whenever I hear that simple truth, I remember the first little sermon I ever preached. I was seventeen years old, and I shared a message entitled "The New Birth Is Only the First Step!" with my church youth group.

That's What Peter Is Declaring.

  1. BEING BORN ANEW of the Spirit is not the end of Christian experience; It Is The Beginning.

The Most Obvious Benefit Of The New Birth Is ETERNAL LIFE.

But Peter teaches us that there are also some VERY PROFITABLE and ENJOYABLE "FRINGE BENEFITS" Including The Following:

  1. A Living Hope (V. 1Pe_1:3).

1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which According To His Abundant Mercy hath begotten us again unto A LIVELY HOPE by THE RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ FROM THE DEAD, 

  1. Peter wastes no time in Identifying With Suffering And Hurting People.

Job_2:4  And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath WILL HE GIVE FOR HIS LIFE.

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Mat_10:28  And Fear Not Them Which Kill The Body, but are not able to kill the soul: But Rather Fear Him Which Is Able To Destroy Both Soul And Body In Hell.

Mat_16:26  For What Is A Man Profited, If He Shall Gain The Whole World, And Lose His Own Soul? or What Shall A Man Give In Exchange For His Soul?

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1Co 15:25  For He Must Reign, till he hath put All Enemies Under His Feet

1Co 15:26  The Last Enemy that shall be destroyed IS DEATH

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Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 

1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 

1Co 15:55  O DEATH, where is thy sting? O GRAVE, where is thy victory? 

1Co 15:56  The Sting Of Death Is Sin; and The Strength Of Sin Is The Law. 

1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, Which Giveth Us The Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

1Co 15:58  THEREFORE, my beloved brethren, Be Ye STEDFAST, UNMOVEABLE, Always Abounding In The Work Of The Lord, forasmuch as ye know that Your Labour Is Not In Vain In The Lord. 

  1. In Jesus Christ, God has given us A "LIVING HOPE" which is NOT DEPENDENT UPON Our ENVIRONMENT Or Outward CIRCUMSTANCES.
  2. The word "LIVING" denotes that which is Dynamic, Vital, Alive.
  3. This Hope Is Like Living Waters Flowing from A Perpetual Spring which never runs dry.
  4. Such hope comes from the very source of God Himself.

Joh_4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water THAT I SHALL GIVE HIM SHALL NEVER THIRST; but the water that I shall give him SHALL BE IN HIM A Well Of Water Springing Up Into Everlasting Life.

1.a. The Word "HOPE" Is A Uniquely Christian Word.

  1. It Makes No Sense without The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ.
  2. This Quality Of HOPE IS MORE Than Wishful Thinking.
  3. It is more than the little train who said, "I think I can; I think I can!"
  4. As Peter Declares, THIS HOPE has come to us by The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ From The Dead (1Pe_1:3).

Peter Goes On To Contend That:

  1. Because God Raised Christ From The Dead And Gave Him Glory, Our Faith And Hope Are In God (1Pe_1:21).
  2. And Peter Believes So Deeply That WE SHOULD LIVE The Life Of Hope.
  3. He instructs us to BE READY To Give An Answer To The Person Who Asks Us THE REASON For THAT HOPE.
  4. That reason is The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ EXPERIENCED In Our Own Lives as We Are Born Again Of The Spirit.

Such hope finds expression in many ways including The Singing Of A Marvelous Hymn About Hope.

My hope is in the Lord
Who gave Himself for me,
And paid the price of all my sin at Calvary.
For me He died
For me He lives,
And everlasting life and light He freely gives.

1. My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name. Refrain: On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand. 2. When Darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace.

2. A Heavenly Inheritance (V. 1Pe_1:4).

a. The NEW BIRTH not only offers us ETERNAL HOPE, but it also guarantees us A HEAVENLY INHERITANCE.

This Inheritance Has Several Outstanding Characteristics: It Is

(1) "INCORRUPTIBLE." It will NEVER PERISH; it is indestructible.

a. It is the same word used in Rom_1:23 in describing The Glory Of The Incorruptible God. It is

(2) "UNDEFILED"—UNPOLLUTED and FRESH. It Will Never Spoil Or Decay. It Is

(3) UNFADING. It remains BRIGHT AND VITAL.

Gen_12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, Unto A Land That I Will Shew Thee:

Exo_3:17  And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, Unto A Land Flowing With Milk And Honey.

Jos 1:1  Now After The Death Of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that The LORD Spake Unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 

Jos 1:2  Moses my servant is dead; now therefore Arise, Go Over This Jordan, thou, and all this people, Unto The Land Which I Do Give To Them, even TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. 

Jos 1:3  Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that Have I Given Unto You, as I said unto Moses.

Heb 11:8  BY FAITH ABRAHAM, when he Was Called To Go out Into A Place Which He Should After Receive For An Inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, Not Knowing Whither He Went

Heb 11:9  By faith he sojourned in The Land Of Promise, as in A STRANGE COUNTRY, Dwelling In Tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 

Heb 11:10  For He Looked For A City which hath FOUNDATIONS, whose BUILDER AND MAKER IS GOD. 

Peter Declares That This Heavenly Inheritance Is:

Joh 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 

Joh 14:2  IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE are MANY MANSIONS: if it were not so, I would have told you. I Go To Prepare A Place For You. 

Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; That Where I Am, There Ye May Be Also

Luk_23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To Day Shalt Thou Be With Me In Paradise.

Rev_21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He Will Dwell With Them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Rev_21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.


    1. RESERVED in heaven for us (1Pe_1:4).
  • The word translated as "RESERVED" is tēréō, which is better translated as "To Guard" Or "To Keep."

    • In military terms it means "To Guard."

This description reminds me of an experience I had recently in visiting Milan, Italy, to view The Last Supper, the great masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci.

Thousands of dollars are being spent to restore some of the fading colors. Even the greatest of masterpieces ultimately fade. But the heavenly inheritance that our Lord provides for us will never fade.

That is the promise of our Lord. HE WILL GUARD, KEEP, and RESERVE our Heavenly Inheritance for us.

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