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Delivered By
Pastor Jack Peters
Delivered On
May 3, 2020 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
1 Peter 4:1-6
Subject
Holy Living in a Hostile World #14
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1 PETER 4:1-6 – WHAT’S NEW?

According to Richard Dehaan, "A desperate young woman on the verge of suicide was led to Christ by a pastor friend… (of his).

Carolyn's Christian parents had died while she was very young, and her only sister had been killed in an automobile accident. She was lonely, rebellious and afraid. Life just didn't make sense to her. She had thrown herself into a frantic round of wild parties, experimentation, and excitement in her pursuit of happiness. But now she had come to the end of her rope. The life of gaiety couldn't erase her memory of past tragedies, and she was afraid to think about the future. Death seemed the only way out.

Then someone invited Carolyn to church, and she heard the message of the Gospel. She responded to the invitation to receive Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. As she arose from her knees, she cried, out in joy, 'EVERYTHING LOOKS DIFFERENT NOW! I don't want to die anymore. I feel peace in my heart, and I'm ready to live again. Even the future looks bright!' Richard W. De Hann and Herbert Vander Lugt, Good News for Bad Times (Wheaton IL, Victor Books. ©1975)) p 108

What happened to Carolyn? By faith she trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior.

She had received forgiveness from her sin.

She had hope for the future. She had help from God.

She could honestly say, "EVERYTHING LOOKS DIFFERENT NOW!" because they were.

EVERYTHING WAS NEW!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

When a person realizes that he or she is a sinner.

When a person realizes that he or she can not possibly pay or atone for their sin.

When a person realizes that Jesus died on the cross to pay for sin, when a person turns from trusting self to trusting Christ for eternal life, a tremendous change takes place. Sometimes we notice it right away, sometimes it takes a little time.

So if things become new, what’s new?

WE HAVE A NEW PRINCIPLE FOR LIVING - Vs. 1

In this verse Peter is building on 1 Peter 3:18 (NKJV) - For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

Jesus only had to die once for our sins! He suffered for them and it was done! Payment was made in full for those who trust Him!

Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Jesus was dead to sin but alive unto God. He always did what God wanted.

Then came the day that Jesus literally died for sin. He died for your sins and mine and three days later rose again.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NKJV) - For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) - who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed.

The New Principle is that because of Christ death and resurrection for me, I can live a Godly life through him.

Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) 20 - I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

WE HAVE A NEW PURPOSE FOR LIVING - Vs. 2

The person without Christ lives to satisfy his own selfish desires, whatever they may be.

Those of us who come to Christ and are living by the principle of dying to self and living unto God should go a step further.

We are to no longer spend our time pursuing our own selfish desires but doing the will of God.

When we do the will of God we are doing what is "good and acceptable and perfect" according to Romans 12:2.

WHAT’S NEW?

WE HAVE A NEW PRINCIPLE FOR LIVING - Vs. 1

WE HAVE A NEW PURPOSE FOR LIVING - Vs. 2

WE HAVE A NEW PRACTICE FOR LIVING - Vs. 3

God is telling us here that you have spent enough time walking in the will of the Gentiles. 

Much of the behavior mentioned in this verse would have been connected to idol worship.

Now you might say, "Well, Pastor, I've never done anything as bad as these things here.”

Let me remind you that anything we do which is displeasing to God should be removed from our lives. These are some of the worst things, but we are called to a life of total purity and holiness.

WE HAVE A NEW PATIENCE FOR LIVING - Vss. 4-6

Vs. 4 - Do you want to know a sure-fire way to lose friends?

Act like a Christian. That will guarantee that some who used to be your friend will not longer be your friend. They want to run to excess of riot, or unrestricted living.

When you live the way you should live as a Christian, some will leave you. Some will stop being your friend. But others will embrace you. They will become your friend!

Those who leave you will think it strange that you do not do the same excessive and perverted things that they want to do.

And to make matters worse, they will speak evil of you.

Vs. 5 - Be patient because one day these people need to stand before God. They will answer to the judge of the living and the dead.

Vs. 6 - Peter is referring to Christians who were now dead.

Although they were dead physically, they continued to live on in the spirit. Their bodies had been destroyed, but their spirits were in the presence of God. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord.

And as Christians, one day our Spirits will be joined to a new resurrection body!

1 John 3:1-3

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