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
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)
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.
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.
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.
Treasure and beautiful Pearl is Jesus Christ, we have to lose everything to gain him.
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.
Hidden Treasure is Jesus Christ. We have to understand more to find Jesus
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.