1 Peter Week 2: Who we are as children of God

1 Peter Week 2: Who we are as children of God

Here is the next in our series of “Talk Notes.” Really don’t know if these are useful or not, but I often am looking for someone to give me a rough outline so this might work that for you. This is the second in our series on 1 Peter. We are just doing 3 lessons grand total so we won’t be covering the whole book. I wanted to add a zip file of the slides I used, but I couldn’t get them to upload. For the “new name” bit I found a picture of a geek, a sad girl, a sad dog, an ugly goat, and a kid. 

Who we are as children of God

So we are in the middle of a quick look through 1 Peter. We looked last week about how this was a letter written or the churches of Asia Minor. We are assuming that Peter is at Rome at the time of this writing and he sends the letter here

Show the slide of Asia Minor

Since he addressed it to all of these different churches we assume that it was a circular letter that moved from place to place being read by the churches that were there.

So last week we looked at chapter 1 and how we are supposed to live holy lives, and how that holiness is motivated by Jesus’ love for us. We are going to look at tonight what your new name really is once you become a Christian and then we are going to look at what it means that God calls you his people and how we need to pursue God in light of all of this other stuff.

We are going to start by reading 1 Peter 2:1-10

1 Peter 2:1–10 (HCSB)

So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, 3 since you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it is contained in Scripture:
Look! I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and honored cornerstone,
and the one who believes in Him
will never be put to shame!
7 So honor will come to you who believe, but for the unbelieving,
The stone that the builders rejected—
this One has become the cornerstone,
8 and
A stone to stumble over,
and a rock to trip over.
They stumble because they disobey the message; they were destined for this.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for His possession,
so that you may proclaim the praises
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.

Now I think there are 3 big concepts here and I am going to take them in reverse order of how they are presented because it makes a little bit more sense when you look at it this way.

First things first let’s take a look at who we are.

We who were far away have been brought close.

Let’s look at verse 10. This language is actually echoing a story that happened in the old testament it is from the story of Hosea and Gomer. God tells Hosea to marry an adulterous woman and after Hosea does this Gomer has two children who get some pretty terrible names.

Hosea 1:6 (HCSB)
6 She conceived again and gave birth to a daughter, and the Lord said to him:
Name her No Compassion,
for I will no longer have compassion
on the house of Israel.
I will certainly take them away.

 

Hosea 1:8–9 (HCSB)
8 After Gomer had weaned No Compassion, she conceived and gave birth to a son. 9 Then the Lord said:
Name him Not My People,
for you are not My people,
and I will not be your God.

So God calls these two kids No Compassion or No Mercy and Not my people.

How would you like to go through life with those names?

What do you think would be a terrible name that people could name someone today that would speak to our country? Let them come up with a few names. Here are two of my suggestions: Hello this is my son “Everyone’s Racist” and my Daughter “Greedy Rich People”

The reason why he gives them these names is because He wants Israel to know that because of her sin God is turning his back on them and is going to give them over to their enemies. Hosea uses their names as a way of saying what God is going to do. Then through the old and new testament these names are echoed again and again.

The reason why these names come up isn’t because Hosea is weird and naming his kids weird things. The reason why these come up is because of what else Hosea says. Hosea doesn’t stop by saying that God’s people will be driven away. He says that God will call them not my people but eventually God will call them back and will restore their name.

Hosea 2:23 (HCSB)
23 I will sow her in the land for Myself,
and I will have compassion
on No Compassion;
I will say to Not My People:
You are My people,
and he will say, “You are My God.”
Those who were not my people will become my people.

So now we see that same idea here in 1 Peter. You who were once not a people are now God’s people. And you who didn’t have mercy before now have mercy. God has changed the label of these people.

Remember last week how in the video it showed the people getting a new label. Well, this is what happens. God takes those who are on the outside, those who are orphans, who are sinners, who are enemies and he makes them his children. God takes those who are not his people and gives them a new name.

It is amazing how much a new name changes things:

Show a collection of pictures and have people write up different names for them. (see zip file)

So you who were away from God are pulled close to God and given a new name. What is the name that you are given (look back at verse 9)

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for His possession,
so that you may proclaim the praises
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.

What do you think it means that we are a chosen race?

Remember that Peter is talking to a mainly gentile audience so he is taking the language that is used to talk about Israel and is now applying it to all Christians.

What does you think it means that we are a royal priesthood? Why Royal? What’s the priest part?

This has two big ideas. One as priest we have access to God and as priest we are to be be the conduits of God in our world. But not only are we priest, but we are royal priests. We are members of the royal family who are tasked with being a vessel for taking the message and love of God to the nations.

What do you think it means that we are a holy nation?

God has called us to be holy so we are supposed to be set apart from the world, And here is the one that I really like. We are a people for His possession. We belong to God. Whatever else happens we are his. So we who were far away have been brought close

We who were useless are made important

1 Peter 2:4

Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

We have become living stones being built into the temple of God. Now we are all the temple of God, but this is talking specifically about the new nation that God is creating in Christianity. We are being built into a spiritual house.

All of us have become part of this house. We have become stones that make up the wall.

Let’s build some walls and then pull one stone out. (Give groups of students sugar cubes and let them build small walls. Then pull some of the cubes out and see if the wall falls down. )

It makes the wall weaker, and if you pull out enough the wall will crumble

We are valuable because we have been called by God. Each piece of the wall is important, and we are being built into a living wall that God is using to take his message around the world. You may have been rejected, thrown down, put out, or just ignored, but you are a living stone and you are important. You who were useless have been made important.

That leads us to the last thing.

Because you are brought close and made valuable

We need to live up to our calling.

1 Peter 2:1-3 So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, 3 since you have tasted that the Lord is good.

So you need to get the sin out. The list of sins that Peter lists here is important because each of these sins tears at the fabric of the community. If we are being built into a living wall. These are sins that weaken the wall.

Let’s walk through these a bit. What is malice? (Ill will towards one another. It is easy to see how )

What is deceit? Lying to others breaks down the fabric of community

How about Hypocrisy? Like lying putting on a false face destroys trust and makes others feel like they can’t live up to what you are projecting.

Envy? Envy is the opposite of love. Envy hopes for others to get less so that you can feel better.

Slander? (Nothing destroys community faster than talking bad about people. Slander will weaken the wall that we are building.)

Each of these are things that people deal with that we need to remove and then we need to crave spiritual milk so that we can grow. We can’t be simply who we have been. We can’t rest on remembering a time in the past when we were spiritual.

We must continue to grow.

You were far away and then you were brought close. You were useless and were made valuable, so you need to continue to grow into this calling of God. It is because we have tasted and seen that God is good that we are able to continually grow into his image.

Pray

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1 Peter Week 1: Justification, Sanctification, and the Eternal Security of the Believer

1 Peter Week 1: Justification, Sanctification, and the Eternal Security of the Believer

I am going to be posting the notes from my talks (the ones that I write myself) on a regular basis. I will try to format them as much as possible, but they will all mostly be just the manuscript that I teach from. 

Justification: Sanctification: and the Eternal Security of the Believer

OK, so that’s the title today. I know those are all big concepts, but we are going to spend some time working through what each of those mean and even come up with some practical reasons why it is important to know those things. But before we get too far down this road let’s take a look at this book of 1 Peter as a whole.

1 Peter Overview

So who was Peter?

OK, so towards the end of Peter’s life he was in prison in Rome. It is believed that this is where he wrote this letter. It would be written somewhere in the early 60s (that is in the 0 60s) so somewhere around 30 years after Jesus and right at the start of the Roman persecution of the church. The recipients of the letter were being persecuted, but the persecution wasn’t a government policy yet, but rather local persecution.

Peter is writing to a mainly Gentile audience meaning people who weren’t Jewish so they had become Christian from one of the pagan Roman religions not Judaism

The people that Peter was writing to would be Christians who were dealing with lots of outside persecution. He wrote to them to teach them and encourage them I think there are lots of ways that Christianity is being pushed against today.
Some of that is of our own making and some of it is because of outside forces. I believe that we can take courage from what we read in 1 Peter.

Justification, Sanctification, Eternal Security

So with all of that said, let’s dive into this idea of Justification, Sanctification, and Eternal Security of the Believer.

Peter 1:3–9 (HCSB)
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great
mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable,
uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 5 You are being protected
by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in
the last time. 6 You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had
to struggle in various trials 7 so that the genuineness of your faith —more
valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire —may result in
praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 You love Him,
though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe
in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are
receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Wow, this is a dense bit of text isn’t it. Let’s read it in The Message translation
and see if it clears things up a bit.

1 Peter 1:3–9 (The Message)
• 3–5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him,
this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead,
we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including
a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch
over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed
and whole.
• 6–7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to
put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the
fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes
out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your
gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.
• 8–9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him,
yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing,
you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

That cleared it up a bit, but still probably needs a sentence or two diagrammed to make it 100% clear. So let’s take this in sections.

We have a new birth and a living hope

What is this new birth that is being talked about here?

What do you think it means that we have a living hope?

Look back at verse 3. Where do we get this living hope from?

Because Jesus didn’t stay dead we have a living hope. That is what we can make as the basis for our new life.

Check out verse 9. What is the goal of our faith?

So now we have a few concepts bouncing around. We have faith and that leads to salvation. We have this new birth and living hope that comes from Jesus and then this idea in verse 4 that is talking about an inheritance that never fades or perishes.

That’s still a whole lot of information to digest, so let’s let the guys from “What’s in the Bible” break it down for us a bit.

What’s in the Bible Justified by grace clip

So we see there what it means to be justified. That is this whole New Birth thing that we are talking about. We were people who once had no hope and because of Jesus we now have a living hope.

The cool thing is that since that hope is based not on our own goodness or our own merit, but on God’s we can trust that our salvation is eternal.

Sanctification

So as a believer we have eternal security because the Bible is pretty clear that this gift of God can’t be lost or given away. So then as people who have been made right by Jesus how then should we live. If we can’t ever lose our position with God can we just go out and live however we want to live?

Actually yes, because as you are shaped by God he will shape your desires so that they are the way that he wants you to live, but that is later in this process. We are in a process of becoming more and more like Jesus.

We call that process Sanctification

We are being made more like Jesus

The Bible is pretty explicit in the idea that once we are saved we need to be motivated not to just run off and sin, but actually the opposite. The love of Christ in your life compels you to live like Jesus.

1 Peter 1:13–16 (HCSB)

13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your
hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of
Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires
of your former ignorance. 15 But as the One who called you is holy,
you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy,
because I am holy.

So we are to be like Jesus and that means that we are to be holy why? Because God is holy and we are to be like him.

What does holy mean?

What is our motivation for being holy?

Our motivation is the love of Jesus and the grace that we have received.

Why do you think our motivation matters?

Different motivations totally change the way that we perceive the same actions. If I choose to do something I am much more willing to do it than if I am made to do it. Why? Because my motivation is different. I was going to try to come up
with some scenarios about people with different motivations, but instead I am going to let you do that. So here is your assignment:

Motivation Activity

Write a short 1 or 2 sentence story about an action that someone takes and then reveal their real motivation behind that action. Make sure that when you reveal their motivation you are changing the way that we perceive their
actions.

For instance. Spot, the German shepherd sees a child drowning in the river and immediately jumps in and drags the child to safety. Now we all think, YAY Spot! But what we don’t know is that Spot saved the child because he was hungry and
the child looked like an easy snack.

You see, motivation matters.

Come up with your own. (Do the activity)

Debrief the Scenarios: In each of these scenarios we see that motivation matters. The motivation we have for living a sanctified life matters too. It matters because our motivation will change our rate of success.

If we are tying to live like God out of guilt we will eventually resent the rules

If we are trying to live like God out of gratitude we will eventually forget why we are grateful But if we are motivated by God’s love for us then we can continually have the strength to live like Jesus.

OK, so that is a quick look at the beginning of 1st Peter next week we are going to flesh out what it means to be a child of God and how that helps us live holy lives.

Pray