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Message for Sunday Morning, August 22, 2010

Message 3 in “Making The Best Out of The Worst of Times (I PETER SERIES)

Christian Hope Church of Christ, Plymouth, North Carolina

by Reggie A. Braziel, Minister

What’s So Great About Salvation?

I PETER SERIES: “Making The Best Out of The Worst of Times”

MESSAGE 3

Scripture Text: I Peter 1:10-12

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As we continue with our series from I PETER, I would like for you to

please turn with me in your Bibles to I PETER 1:10-12.

12.

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P R A Y E R

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Introduction

tion

Every preacher of the gospel knows that any time he preaches a series

of messages from a particular Bible Book, there will be parts of the Book

that are fairly easy to preach and other parts that are very difficult.

And every preacher battles the temptation to preach the easier

passages and skip the more challenging passages. I have to confess I

was very tempted to move right past VERSES 10-12

12 and move on to

the more familiar “Be Holy As I Am Holy” passage in VERSES 13 and

following.


I am glad now that I resisted that temptation, because VERSES 10-12

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are rich in truths about OUR GREAT SALVATION.

It is interesting ting that PETER keeps coming back to this subject of our

SALVATION over and over again.

verse 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the

coming of the SALVATION that is ready to be revealed

in the last time.

verse 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the

SALVATION of your souls.

Now notice how Peter begins VERSE 10.…….Concerning this

SALVATION…………

I think all of us as Christians are thankful for our SALVATION, but I’m

not sure many of us truly understand “What’s So Great About

Salvation.”

In VERSES 10-12

12 Peter reveals FOUR REASONS WHY OUR SALVATION IS

SO GREAT.

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The first reason WHY OUR SALVATION IS SO GREAT is because………….

I. It Was Predicted by The Great Prophets of Old

v.10, 11

10 Concerning this salvation, THE PROPHETS, who spoke of o

f the grace

that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,

11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ

in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the

glories that would follow.

1. Did you know there are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament

that predicting the first coming of Christ. And every one of those

prophecies are in complete agreement

reement.

2. Now why is that important? Well imagine 300 arrows being shot

into the air by many different men, in many different places, over

a 1,500 year span, and every single one of those arrows fell in

the same exact spot. That would not only be amazing, it would

be a miracle wouldn’t it?

3. Well imagine over 300 prophecies being given by many different

men in many different places over a 1,500 year span and every

single one of those prophecies “fell” on Jesus Christ, the Son of

the Living God!

-ISAIAH

predicted that CHRIST would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14)

……………..and that His ministry would begin in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1)

and that He would work miracles (Isaiah 35:5,6) ………..And that He

would be wounded and bruised and crucified between two thieves.

(Isaiah 53:5, 12) and that He would be buried in a rich man’s tomb.

(Isaiah 53:9)

-MICAH

predicted CHRIST would be born in the little town of

Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2)


-In

PSALM 78:2 ASAPH predicted that CHRIST would teach in

parables.

-DAVID

predicted that CHRIST’S hands and feet would be pierced

(Psalm 22:16) and that lots would be cast for His clothing.

( Psalm 22:18) and that He would be accused by false witnesses.

(Psalm 35:11) and that none of His bones would be broken.

(Psalm 34:20) and that He would rise from the dead. (Psalm 16:10)

- ZECHARIAH predicted that CHRIST would enter Jerusalem riding a

donkey

(Zechariah 9:9) and the He would be sold for 30 pieces of

silver (Zechariah 11:12) and that His side would be pierced.

(Zechariah 12:10

4. Now did these great prophets understand everything they

wrote? Probably not!

Peter tells us in the last part of verse 10 and first part of

verse 11, “they searched intently and with the greatest care,

trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the

Spirit of Christ in them was pointing.

5. But while they didn’t understand everything they wrote, every

one of those Great Prophets understood two things:

One, that CHRIST would suffer , and two, His sufferings ferings would

be followed by glory.

6. Is that not exactly what happened when CHRIST died for our

SALVATION? First there was terrible suffering, which was

followed by THE GLORY of HIS RESURRECTION and ASCENSION.

N.

7. Yes, our salvation is a “great salvation” because it was

PREDICTED BY THE GREAT PROPHETS OF GOD!


The second reason WHY OUR SALVATION IS SO GREAT is because…….

II. It Was Provided by The Gracious Grace of God

VERSE 10a

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke

of the GRACE that was to come to you, searched

intently and with the greatest care…………

1. GRACE is an important word to Peter. In fact he uses the word

GRACE 10 times in this letter. . (1:2, 10, 13, ; 2:19,20; 3:7;

4:10; 5:5, 10, 12)

2. And if you are a student of the Bible you know the word “grace”

means “God’s undeserved or unmerited FAVOR.

G.W. KNIGHT gives this simple explanation of God’s grace:

When a person works an eight-hour hour day and receives a fair day's pay for his time,

that is a WAGE. . When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy

for his performance, that is a PRIZE. . When a person receives appropriate

recognition for r his long service or high achievements, that is an AWARD. . But

when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and

deserves no award--

--yet receives such a gift anyway--

--that is a good picture

of God's unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we talk about the

grace of God.

3. I think there is a tendency among those of us who were

raised in a Christian family……..who have been going to Church

all our lives…….who accepted Christ at a relatively young age……

to believe we have always been good, decent people.


But brothers and sisters, we must understand that none of us

I repeat, NONE OF US deserves to be saved, regardless of how

good or decent we think we are……regardless of how long we

have been going to Church.

If it were NOT for the GRACE OF ALMIGHTY GOD none of us could

be saved.

*BY HIS GRACE God saved you and me from the PENALTY for our sins,

which is eternal death.

* BY HIS GRACE God is presently PROTECTING us from the deadly POWER

of sin by His indwelling Spirit.

*AND BY HIS GRACE God is PRESERVING us for an eternal home in heaven

where we will be eternally separated from all that is sinful.

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And the third reason WHY OUR SALVATION IS SO GREAT is because

III. It Was Preached by The Gallant Apostles of Christ

v. 12 a

vs. 12 a

It was revealed to them that t

they were not serving themselves

but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told

you by those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit

sent from Heaven.

1. Everything the Prophets of old had PREDICTED about Christ

SUFFERING and the GLORIES that would follow all came

true.


2. They had predicted JESUS would DIE on a CROSS. And He

did! They had predicted JESUS would be BURIED in a

borrowed TOMB and He was. And they predicted that JESUS

would RISE FROM THE DEAD and He did!

3. And from that day forward, the DEATH, BURIAL and

RESURRECTION OF JESUS became the focus of the

Apostles’ preaching.

4. The Apostles didn’t preach on “Four Ways to Improve

Your Marriage” or “Five Steps to Financial Freedom”

or “Three Keys to Raising Happy Children.”

Those gallant, brave Apostles of Christ risked their

very lives to preach the GOOD NEWS of SALVATION

through CHRIST to anyone who would listen!

5. One of those gallant, ant, brave apostles was PETER who

wrote this wonderful letter of HOPE. And among those

who heard Peter er preach the good news of salvation

were the suffering, persecuted Christians who

first received this letter.

Our SALVATION is GREAT because………

It was PREDICTED by The Great PROPHETS of Old.

It was PROVIDED by The Gracious GRACE of God.

It was PREACHED by The Gallant APOSTLES of Christ.


But there is a FOURTH reason WHY OUR SALVATION IS SO GREAT and

that is because……….

IV. It Has Puzzled the Glorious Angels of Heaven

vs. 12 b

verse 12b Even angels long to look into these things.

1.

C O N C L U S I O N

During the building of the Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay, construction fell

badly behind schedule because several workers had accidentally fallen from the

scaffolding to their deaths. Engineers and administrators could find no solution to the

costly delays. Finally, someone suggested a gigantic net be hung under the bridge to catch

any who fell. Finally in spite of the enormous cost, the engineers opted for the net. After

it was installed, progress was hardly interrupted. A worker or two fell into the net but

were saved. Ultimately, all the time lost to fear was regained by replacing fear with faith

in the net. As we paid nothing for God's eternal love and nothing for the Son of His love,

and nothing for His Spirit and our grace and faith, and nothing for our eternal rest...What

an astonishing thought it will be to think of the unmeasurable difference between our

deservings and our receivings. O, how free was all this love, and how free is this enjoyed

glory...So then let "Deserved" be written on the floor of hell but on the door of heaven

and life.

Richard Baxter, The Free Gift.

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