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1 peter 1:3-5 Heavenly Blessings

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten usagain to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away,reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

God has begotten us again or we havebeen born again by God.

First of all, I want to talk about New Birth

Jesus talks about Born again experience to Nicodemus.

Nicodemus:John 3

He was a teacher, he is also a member of Sanhedrin ( a group of people  working for the spiritual welfare of Israel), and he is a  Pharisee(who interpret the laws)

John3:10    ‘The Teacher’

Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things’ TheTeacher: He is the one of the most powerful teacher among teachers in Israel.Here the word ‘THE’ used as a definite article which is very important.

Another example:

John4:23 ‘In Spirit’

Samaritan women said, you Jews, worshipping The Lord in Zion, But Samarians worship The Lord in this mountain ( Gerizim )

Then Jesus Said: But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

Here, the word ‘The’ is Missing, Jesus was talking about human spirit, the real you, not The Holy Spirit God.  ‘You must worship the Lord from your innermost being’.

Jesus Asked to Nicodemus

You Being the Teacher of Israel, don’t you know about being born again?

John3:5 Water and the Spirit

Verily Verily, Amen Amen  all these phrases used in Bible, is with same meaning.

We say Amen after prayer, which means that the person saying ‘Amen’ approves the prayerand that whatever the prayer said is true.

But Jesus starts with “AMEN AMEN” meaning whatever I am going to say is true and it is going to happen , no doubt. We pray by closing our eyes, whenever Jesus prayed he open his eyes and look at his father and prayed.

The interpretation that I Believe:  Ephesians 5:25-26

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.

Here, water symbolizes the Word of God. You are born again by the word of God and spirit of God.

Popular interpretation of the word ‘water’ inthe above verse is water baptism.

WaterBaptism has no power to give you salvation. Water baptism will never bring anyone to heaven. Then why we need water baptism?

Definition of water Baptism:

Outwardexpression of inward transformation: You are testifying God, in front of heavenand this world that I became child of God.

Old Testament and New Testament

Old Testament:  God has given a covenant, covenant of circumcision; it is a shadow of new covenant, ‘son ship’.

Definition: Removing the foreskin of male organ, inside out. You are under new authority. It is a sign of ownership. God is your master.

New Testament:  Circumcision represents Salvation inside out, testifying (demonstrating) the salvation by Baptism.

Then how people will know that you a child of God?

People will know you by your fruits.  John 3:8

Natureof wind is ‘windy’ it blows; we can see the nature but not the wind.

We cannot understand anybody by seeing their physical appearance if they are born again or not but our character, by our nature, by our dealings with others will know that we are children of God. Likewise we can understand that the wind is blowing this way by seeing the movement of trees or leafs.

Best Gospel

One preacher from America said: This world is not going to read Mathew, Mark, Lukeand John, but they will read ‘you’ the 5th Gospel.

Blessedbe the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for his great mercy

Great Mercy:

Do we earn salvation? if we earn salvation, we have the responsibility to  protect the salvation It is gift of god,  You were in Gods mind before he laid the foundation of the earth. See how precious you are for God?

God shows great mercy upon New Testament people, is it true? Yes it is.

 Is old testament God is the God of wrath? No

Old Testament and New testament God is same. His character never has changed, andnever will.

His attitude towards Sin has never changed, but his attitude towards sinner had changed by the death of his son on the cross once for all.

Death of hisson on the cross for the sinners enabled God to accept sinners? He lovessinners but he does not like sin.

God Loves Us Unconditionally

He loves me but he doesn’t like many things in my life? that is called unconditional/ agape / sacrificial/ nonreciprocal love.

John 3:16 God loves us unconditionally

God loves the world, and give his only begotten son to save the world.

God’s Great mercy has begotten us, we became the member of his family. Father God  has blessed you with all heavenly Blessings.

  1. Living Hope
  2. Inheritancein Heaven
  3. Protection under Holy spirit God

Living hope:

Peter was a fisher man, staying at the lake side of Bethsaida; He did not have anyhope for the future, one day Jesus stepped in to his life.

Jesus said: Simon I will make you ‘fishers of men’. Thereafter his life has  changed. Now his life  has a purpose. Walking with Jesus , seeing wonders and miracle, waiting for the kingdom of God, Believed in Jesus promises.But without fulfilling any promises Jesus died on the cross. He lost his hope again.

After 3 days again Jesus walked into his life, Resurrection of Jesus has given him power and authority. Jesus rose up from  death as he said, Peter believed in Jesus because ,he rose up from death as he said. Jesus fulfilled the promise.

So he wrote:

We have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the death.

Inheritance:

A property, or money or any kind of possession passing to the heir after the death of the owner.

Everything on this earth will fade one day, your health, pleasure, money, property, relationship with people

2 peter 3:10,11

 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with agreat noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

Message:

Conduct is the Fruits of your character

Godliness meaning is likeness of God.  Do not be amaterialistic person but have a spiritual minded man.

Kept by thepower of God

You are heavenly bounded but earthly grounded to do God’s will on this earth, God has a great expectation from you,only you can do your roll.

You can lean on to God, not to any president, money, your boss, your job or your spouse.

You are in the Lord, Protection is there in the Lord,provision is there in the Lord, promises is there in the Lord.

Because:

He is Your MASTER, DIRECTOR, HE IS NOT ONLY THE REDEEMER BUTHE IS THE MAINTAINER TOO. HE IS YOUR HEAD. YOU ARE IN THE LORD.

God is keeping you on this earth by his power, for ultimate salvation.

For salvation

Here we may  have some kind of confusion. Peter had written this letter to the children of God. Who had been saved already.

There are 3 stages in Salvation.

Past salvation

You are saved already from the Grip of sin. You are redeemed from the  yoke of sin.

Yoke meaning ,directing device. We were under the influence of this world.

Present salvation

Youare away from the grip of sin but not away from the power of sin, it is there in our old nature.

Future Salvation

You will be away from the presence of sin (Glorification)

 Bible uses three words:( Redemption ,Sanctification, Glorification)to explain the process of three stages ofsalvation.

Message

We have been born again  in God’s family, So we have living hope, and  inheritance in heaven which is not faded and incorrupted, Father in Heaven is sustaining us on this earth under his power, or you are sustained by Holy Spirit God for ultimate salvation which is ready to revealed in the at the revelation of JesusChrist.

How much you are obedient to the spirit in you, that much you will be sanctified. Your transformation determines your position in Heaven.

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1 Peter 1:2 – Peace of God in Our persecution

Peter had a message for us, He was a man who builds his house on the sand, so he could not withstand in the storm or he couldn’t stand against the storm. He had lost his hope, spiritually he had failed, But the encounter with resurrected Jesus Christ had changed him completely… Jesus Re-stored him.

What Jesus had promised was fulfilled

As Jesus promised he rose up from the death and appeared to Peter. Resurrection of Jesus enabled peter to believe in him and his word.

Simon became Rock

Romans caught him in his older age?.to kill him by crucifixion… he said I am not worthy to die like my master died?He requested to crucify him upside down…

A person like clay became a person like Rock…

From failure to faithfulness, Simon to peter, Disciple to apostle

Message:

Believe in the Lord, trust in his word

He will encourage you in your trials; strengthen you in your suffering

He will give you peace in your problems?.Build your home on Christ.

Author of this letter (1ST PETER)

Holy Spirit God is the author of this Letter, He wrote this letter through Peter to a group of believers who were scattered to different provinces in Rom- Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, by the persecution of King Nero.

Theme: suffering in the will of God.

Who planted this church?

Act 2:  9-10

Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, I am not sure who planted this church, but I strongly believe that in the day of Pentecost, few Romans gave their life to Christ, as they went back to their home town, they may have planted this church.

The reason for the persecution

1. Christians are cannibals; they eat human blood and meat. King misunderstood the Lord’s Supper.

2. Christians are waiting for a better kingdom (kingdom of God)

Persecution:

Many Christians were thrown into fire. They lost their spouse, children, parent, friends, home and their Property for their faith.

1 PETER 1:2

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

ELECT.  (Chosen people for special purpose)

Peter used the first word ELECT to comforts the suffering believers. Elect is a military word.

Dear friends you are in very difficult situation, facing lots of suffering and persecution do not forget that you are chosen By God.

Story

A potter molded a sheep out of the dust, he breath  into its  nostril, the sheep became   alive , the sheep stayed with his creator for few days and said I do not have much freedom with you, so I am leaving you,  the sheep departed from his master, ended its journey in a butcher shop. The potter loved his sheep unconditionally, because he created it, potter search his lost sheep and found it just before the sheep was about to be killed.  The potter gave a big price to get his sheep back.

Then the Good potter said: I was your owner because I created you. But you have refused to stay with me but I redeemed you from the death by giving a big price so now you completely belongs to me.

God is the potter, Satan is the butcher, and we are God’s sheep’s. God loves us because he created us, but we disobeyed and withdrew from God, opened our heart for Satan and his will.

God loves us because we are his creation; we disobeyed our master and do the will of evil. God himself stepped into this world and gave his blood in the court room of God as our price, brought us from the death. Now we completely belong to God.

God use one word “ELECT” to describe all these things. 

God’s Love

Matthew 13:44-46 

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

First I can tell you popular interpretation.

1. Interpretation:

 Treasure and beautiful Pearl is Jesus Christ, we have to lose everything to gain him.

 Problem:

Problem is natural man (non believer) cannot understand the things of spirit. Spiritual things are foolishness for him; his purpose of living is being successful on this earth, for pleasure, money and popularity.

2. Interpretation

Hidden Treasure is Jesus Christ. We have to understand more to find Jesus 

Problem

 Jesus is not visible in the Old Testament as he is visible in the New Testament.

 Interpretation that I Believe

 Field is – this world, Man – son of man (Jesus Christ), Treasure – Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6 treasure is Israel)

Pearl – gentile, Joy – His church (Hebrews says: Jesus endured the cross because he knew the joy set before him (his church) we are.

Treasure and Israel 

A man find a treasure in a field, He sold everything and brought that field.

God chosen Abraham and he revealed himself to him, to exhibit his nature to the people who living around Abraham. God said to Abraham, Abraham you teach your children about me and my statute, Jacob became a nation (Israel), God chosen Jacob to exhibit the nations that there is a living God, But by nature they failed to fulfill the purpose of their existence.

So God came himself on the earth, he sold everything to buy a beautiful Pearl (explanation follows)

  • Jesus left 

1. Glory, 2.In Dependency 

Father God is equal to son God is equal to Holy spirit God. They are having same nature but different roles. All are same in power and nature. But Jesus depend Holy Spirit completely to do his ministry.

How a Pearl formed?

A piece of dirt by accident enters in to an oyster, which in turn for the oyster this dirt creates discomfort and irritation. To overcome those pains oyster produces a substance called Nacre. This nacre covers the dirt layer by layer and at the end this same dirt turns into the beautiful pearl.

We were the sinners- dirt. Because of the suffering JESUS took on the cross of Calvary, we were saved, and he clothed us with his righteousness, so we became the Pearl for God. 

Message:

You are so precious to Jesus, You are chosen by God, and you are elected by God. Your need is Jesus’s need, your pain is Jesus pain because you are elected by God.

2. Foreknowledge 

God chosen you according to his foreknowledge. 

God knows everything, the potential in you and your weakness but he chose you. God knows you inside out and loves you. Human love is conditional but God knows our weakness and loves us unconditionally.

Message:

You are chosen by God, He know you completely and loves you.

Job 23:8-10(JOB was in fiery furnace)

 Look, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him; 9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.

10 But He knows the way that I take; He searched God in his suffering around him, came to a conclusion that I don’t know where God is in my suffering, But I know one thing I don’t know where he is but God knew where I am. He knew me and he knew my condition.

May be you are facing: financial problems, Health issues, emotional disturbances etc. But God knows you completely and he knows your condition.

Sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:

Old Testament if you want to enter in to a covenant with God, You have to shed an innocent blood behalf of your sin. In New Testament you have been entered into the covenant with God (son ship), not through any animal’s blood but his own son’s blood?..Look how much precious you are for God.

Sanctification of spirit:

A process of making you holy. God is Holy; do not misunderstand that Holy Spirit is trying to make you like God. It is spiritual growth /a continuous process of transformation to the nature of Christ.

God loves you and chosen you, he knows you completely, you became a member of God’s family through the blood of his own son by grace, at the same time your obedience is crucial in your salvation.

God and free will

Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart, if you open the door he will enter and have dinner with you. Spirit of God will convict your sin? there your obedience is so important 

So here Peter wrote: for Obedience and sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ.

You were obedient to Christ in your salvation (cleanse once for all), same way you must be obedient to the holy spirit for your sanctification (daily cleaning from the sin)

Grace to you and Peace be multiply

Message:

You are chosen by God, He knows you and your condition, you were entered in to a covenant not through animal blood, but through the blood of Jesus Christ God’s own son. You must be obedience to his spirit who is in you for your sanctification .sanctification means a process of transformation to the divine nature of Christ.

There is civil war in you?old man and new man, Flesh and spirit.

Old nature that is the nature of our forefather Adam, it is called Flesh. New nature, nature of Christ?.if you obedience to the spirit of God, your new nature will grow day by day. You will grow from one level of glory to another level. 

Result:

Your cooperation with the work of Holy Spirit in you is most important for your sanctification (spiritual growth), process of transformation to the image of Christ.

Grace and peace will multiply because the new man in you getting stronger and stronger as old man getting weaker and weaker, so you will have such a peace in your persecution/problem.