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1 Peter 2:11-12 You are the light of this Dark world.

  You are the light of this Dark world.

 

1 Peter 2:11-12

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

 

These verses are the introduction to the deep truth

1.1 peter 2:13 Believers must be submissive to the government/authority,here the government was king Nero who is persecuting the church.

2.1peter 2:18 Believers must be submissive to the master.

3.1peter 3:1 wife must be submissive to the husband weather believer or non believer.

4.1 peter 3:7 Husband must be submissive to the wife in the Lord

 

Peter wrote this letter to the persecuted church in Rome,which was scattered into the  Roman province , Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.In these verses, Peter used the first word Beloved

Beloved:
Means You are so close to God’s Heart. You are called out from this world for a special purpose, You are called by God.You are loved by God. You are so precious to God.You are facing tough times in your life,but do not loose your heart, You are God’s people.

John 16:33(b)

Jesus Said: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Overcome-l meaning is Victory.You may be facing trouble in your job, marriage life,you probably seem to be hopeless because of health issue or going through mental sufferings such as depression or anxiety.

Jesus said be of good cheer, I have  died and resurrected from the death ,the power of resurrection is able to change your circumstance, gives you deliverance and comfort in your trials, lean on me, Allow me to work in your life, I want to bless you, I want to deliver you, I want to sustain you in my grace, depend on me, focus on me, build your life upon me.Because I created you.

God Love you unconditionally.You are God’s Beloved.

Peter was encouraging the persecuted believers that you are loved by God.

 

Sojourners

A temporary resident or aliens.

Hebrew 11:9-11

By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Abraham Lived in the promised land,Canaan as a foreigner, Dwelling in tents, means temporary dwelling,he moved from one place to another.

Hebrew 11:13

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[c] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob , all died in faith, but did not received any promises. Their heart desire was for another country. A city, it has foundation, God is the creator of that city. They had many earthly blessings,which are good not better. For them this world, relationships everything was good not better. Their heart was filled with heavenly things. They had lived on this earth as strangers and visitors.

 

Hebrews 11:16

But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God,for He has prepared a city for them.Therefore God not ashamed to say that I am the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob.

Pilgrims (Visitor)

You believers you are loved by God, you are not of this world, you are not belongs here, you are a visitor.

We are physically grounded with this earth but spiritually bounded with heaven to do God’s will on this earth.We have two address one is In Christ and another is our physical address.

Philippians 3:20

 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 peter 2:11

abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.

Fleshly lust: Strong  desire of our Old nature.

As soon as you are saved, you have war in your inside.Our new nature (christ nature) old nature (fallen nature)

Peter was saying  you must abstain from all fleshly love which was against your soul.

You have been saved, but still you are this world and you have a fleshly nature, everyone in this world has an impulse or a desire to do sin,because we  are in this fleshly body.

You are saved from the grip/yoke of sin but not from the power of sin.

Gal 5:16-21 Fleshly nature

16I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[c] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. It means spirit of God is more controlling you than your own flesh.Flesh is working for physical pleasure, Spirit is working for spiritual glorifications, glorifying God.

adultery:sexual sin.

fornication : sex before marriage.

uncleanness : doing sexual sin my imagination , here peter was talking about mind or thinking.

lewdness : unusual conduct

outburst of anger: wrath

hatred : ill will which just opposite to love.

contention: argument

idolatry: give priority to someone or something than the Lord.

sorcery:  illegal use of drugs for pleasure .

jealousy, selfish ambition,dissensions,heresies,envy,murders,drunkenness etc…

If you have any of these earthly members  as habit in your life , word of God says , you will not inherit the kingdom of God.

How can we overcome it?

Do not feed them, but feed the new nature, Nature of Christ

Christian have life long war, if you yield to fleshly desire  it will enslaves you.It is deceiving to think ,if you grow older your old nature grow weaker.

Unless you grow in Christ your old nature never grow weaker. No matter you are a pastor or elder or very old member of a church.

1 peter 2:12

having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

First peter was talking about the inward life in the verses 11. In the verses 12 he was talking about your inward life must  impact others life.

You are children of God living among children of Adam. You are representing the Lord on this earth, your lifestyle is christian lifestyle, christian means little Christ. You live differently than non believers live.The value system of  your life and value system of this world is different.

Non believers are watching your life, you inner purity and your conduct should demonstrate the nature of Jesus Christ,so then your life will surely impact non believers life and give conviction in their heart, and the submit their life to the Lord.

Genesis 18:19

For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.

God revealed himself to Abraham , the fellowship with God change his life perspectives and give him eternal hope. God brought Abraham to Canaan from Iraq, among strange people, strange culture, among them abraham represented the living God by his life.

“ God  has worked in his life in order  to work through him.”

God said to Abraham first, teach your children , then all the people in your house , about me and my statutes.

Children of God

Son of God came down into this world, lived like a son man, suffered like a son of man, died on the cross  and rose up from the dead as son of God to make you and me the children of God.

He has chosen us and put his spirit in us, and we are under the process of transformation to his divine nature.

Be transformed to transform. He is working in us in order to work through us.

 

Your up-reach determined your outreach.

Love your God with all of your heart, all of your mind and all of your spirit and all of your strength that enable us to love your neighbours.this divine nature impact the people life who works with you, lives around you

That is what peter saying in the verse 2:12

having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Glorify God in the day of visitation:

Day of visitation means God visiting the earth with blessings or wrath.

When Jesus comes back for his people, these soul who are saved by seeing your life will glorify God, that is the real reward for children of God.

Message:

Salvation is gift from God, but your position in heaven is determined by your lifestyle and the work  you have done for the extension of the kingdom of God as long as you are living on this earth.

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1 Peter 2:4-5 Christ is the Corner Stone

Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

In these verses Peter was comparing the Jerusalem temple with the Body of Christ (believers).

Temple of God in Jerusalem

The Temple in Jerusalem, made out of stone, had a foundation and cornerstones.
King Solomon used very large stones as cornerstones for the temple, some weighing 80 tons, 39 feet long, and 7 feet wide.

Each cornerstone sets  the direction of the temple and it is the reference point for the temple.
The Temple was in the Mount of Jerusalem. In the temple there were priests along with one high priest,there were many sacrifices occurring daily.

The New Testament Temple:
In the New testament, believers are the temple of God: we are the priests, we are the sacrifices, and Jesus Christ is the foundation and cornerstone in our life.

Jesus Christ is the Living stone and foundation of a believers life.

God created Adam, the son of God, he created him in God’s likeness, to represent the invisible God by life. Adam failed spiritually, so God chose Seth (Adam’s son), then Enoch, then Noah and finally Abraham to represent the invisible God at different time through their lifestyle. From Abraham came Issac, then Jacob. God blessed Jacob and made a nation out of him. God called him Israel to represent the invisible God by his descendants:Israelite.Then again, they had failed, so in order to save the people from their failure and sins, God stepped into this world, and he had a fleshly body to dwell among men,He is  Jesus. He demonstrated the living God by his life. Whoever believes in him and obeys his words, they are like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Jesus Christ becomes the foundation and cornerstone in their life.

Result: He will by no means put to Shame.

1 peter 2:4

4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,

Living stone:
Stone and rock means the same in the bible.
Stone or rock means the Truth or The Word of God. Jesus is the Truth and Word of God.

Jesus is the stone, He died and rose up from death, the stone became Living stone for us.

Rejected my men:

John 1:4,11

In him was life, the life was the light of man.He came to His own and His own did not receive Him.

Sanhedrin :Sanhedrin is the committee among Jews community who works for the spiritual welfare of the Jews. They are the builders of spiritual houses in Israel. They had rejected this Living stone, the Messiah. The son of God, the King, they had failed to use this Living stone as the foundation and cornerstone of their nation and their personal life.

Rejected by men but chosen by God:
How do we know that Jesus is precious to God? By his resurrection from the death.

You are precious: If Jesus Christ is your foundation and cornerstone , you are precious to The Father God.

Coming to him:Here peter  was not talking about the salvation, he was talking about the relationship, the deep intimacy with Jesus, when you are rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ, you are able to share his strength and nature.

Coming to him means live a Christ centric life and to have His nature in our life. Love the Lord more than anyone and anything.Which means, your 1st priority goes to The Lord.

John 15:1  Vine and Branches.

I am the vine,which means, Jesus is the vine and believers are branches. It is the abiding relationship, Abiding faith. If you abide in the Lord like branches attached with the parent tree, you will bear fruits.
Jesus is the living stone ,Otherwise its called, In Christ. We are sharing his nature and strength. We are the partakers of his life, suffering, death and resurrection.
coming to him you also will become a living stones.

Revelation 2 :1-6  Letter to the Church of Ephesus

( The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven golden lamp stands  are the seven churches.)

To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place-unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Angel:
Angel means Messenger, Messenger of the church  is The Pastor of the Church ,he gives the light to the church. The main duty of a Pastor is to interpret the word of God and prepare believers to be productive.

The 7 lamb stand:
Seven represents a complete number, not perfect number, 7 is not the number of God, You cannot represent God by a number.
In Revelation 12, we can see a dragon with 7 head.So 7 is not a perfect number,there is no perfection in evil. We have 7 days in a week,so 7 is a complete number.

Lamp stand symbolizes the church.
Jesus is holding the stars and he is walking among the churches.

Paul’s 3rd missionary trip, he stayed 2.5 years in Ephesus and planted this church. Timothy was the pastor. After Timothy, came apostle John who became the pastor of Ephesus church.

Revelation 2:2-4

These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands: I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name?s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Church in Ephesus was a vibrant church, in human standpoint, great church, but Jesus had something against this church.

Their 1st priority goes to something else . something or someone else occupied the place of Christ in their heart.
They left their 1st love with Christ. They left their fellowship with Christ.
Busy with ministry failed to spend time in prayer, reading word and worshiping him.


Rev 2:5

 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place-unless you repent.

Jesus’s message to this church:

Remember what occupied or whom occupied the seat of the Lord in your life.
Repent and do the first work, that is to restore the relationship with the Lord.
or else,I will come quickly and remove the lamp stand.
We must know the position of the lamp stand . First verse says, Jesus is walking among the lambstand, Jesus walking among the church,believers are the church.I will remove the lamp stand, means I will not be moving  among this Church anymore. Can you imagine a believer without Christ? Can you imagine a fellowship without Christ?
It is like building our own life on the sand not on the rock.

Matthew 16: 15

 Jesus said to disciple , But who do you say that I am?
16 Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.17 Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Peter you are Pedros. you are a pebble and upon this pedra( big stone),meaning, Jesus Christ, on which I will build my church. And the gates of Hades shall not prevailed against us.

If you are the church,Is Christ, the foundation and cornerstone of  your life ?

power of hell will never be prevailed against us.Jesus Christ  is the Builder .

He knows your strength and he knows your weakness. When you are going through the construction process , he will never allow you to go through the molding process beyond your ability. You are in the hand of one who created you and the one who knows you better than anyone on this earth,

Conclusion Message:

Christ is your foundation and corner stone, your 1st priority is to spend time with Jesus Christ.

You are never disappointed or put to shame because He is the Cornerstone of your life
Power of hell will never be prevailed against you because Jesus Christ is the foundation of your life.
You will never be destroyed because Jesus Christ is your builder and your owner.
You will have encouragement in your trials, peace in your pain, strength in your suffering because He is your Creator and Your Lord, who knows you better than anyone.

You are so precious to God Because
Your life foundation and corner stone is Jesus Christ, You are  the temple of God, You are the Priest, You are the sacrifices, and you are the Holy nation.

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1 Peter 2:1-3 Word of God is the Pure milk

Matthew 22:29
Jesus answered and said to them, ?You are mistaken/you are wrong/deceived, neither knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.

Power of God is in the word of God.

Leviticus 8:22-23

Moses brought the second ram, the ram of consecration. Then Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram, and Moses killed it. Also he took some of its blood and applied it on the tip of Aaron?s right ear, right thumb, and the right great toe.

Consecrating his ears to listen the Word of God,consecrating his hands to do the will of God, consecrating his legs to walk in the the way of God. Completely dedicating the life for the Glory of God. If you could do it, God will call you my faithful servant.

Same verses we can see in the new testament,
Romans 12:1-2

Renewing mind
There are lots of foolishness ,myth and human traditions we have stored in our mind by the influence of  our old nature ,and people around us..When you meditate on the word of God and if you are able replace the old things completely with the truth, this process is called renewing of the mind, without your knowledge your inner man will become stronger day by day and your outer man or flesh will become weak. By doing so, you are transforming to the divine nature of Christ.

All the prayer of Jesus were answered, because Jesus know the will of His Father otherwise,He knows the heart of His Father.

So you can understand the will of God in your life by knowing the Heart of God .In the word of God we can see the heart of God.

Spiritual Growth
Reading the word of God and understanding what it means and applying it in your life by the help of Holy spirit is so important in your life  for the spiritual growth.

 God is speaking to us through his Son.
Hebrew 1:1-2

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

Bible says We are in the end times. In the old testament God talk to people through prophet and teachers, but in the end time God is talking to us through his son, that is the Word of God.

Matthew 14:25-26

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ?It is a ghost!? And they cried out for fear.
Disciple cried out because they were so frightened, they thought the one was walking on the water is a ghost

1 peter 2:1-3

2 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,[a] 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

You have been born again by the great mercy of God.
THEREFORE;

1.1 peter 1:14-16 be Holy
As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, ?Be holy, for I am holy.?[c]

1 peter 1:22-15

Message:
Love your brethren as you love yourself.

To fulfill all these 2 responsibility

1 peter 2:2

Message:
Crave for the word like babies craving for the milk.
Why people are not interested in bible study, they are not reading bible, so they are not growing spiritually.

1.    Be holy because your Father in Heaven is holy.
2.    Love your brothers because Jesus died for us, he is our elder brother.
3.    Drink pure milk, that is word of God for your spiritual maturity.
4.    Lay aside 5 things

1 peter 2:1

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking.

Malice :
Ill will, desire to hurt others, bitterness toward others,it is from the heart.

Ex: Israelites when they were in the desert, they always had complaint about something. They were not satisfied.

Deceit: hiding the truth for gaining the personal benefits by action or words.
Ex: Jacob, the way he used to get blessings from his father Isaac.

Hypocrisy.
Wearing a mask, a stage actor. A acting christian not a living christian.
Ex: Ananias and Saphira

Envy
Christians are jealous because other Christian are blessed, Christians are happy because the fellow Christian lost something.

Evil speaking

Gossip / speaking down someone?s reputation.

These 5 things christian do.

So peter was saying that, lay aside all these 5 things because

if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Real interpretation is not if indeed, but since indeed

Since indeed, look, once we were sinners, rejected, not found mercy on anyone?s eyes, but he found us, with his great mercy, he has forgiven all our sins, and transgressions

Message:
Why can’t you lay aside all these malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, evil speaking for your spiritual growth.

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1 Peter 1:22-25 God’s love

God’s un-conditional Love.

22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[d] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because

And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.

The grass withers,

And its flower falls away,

25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.”

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren,

You must love your brethren sincerely. If you are saying that you love the invisible God and you are not able to love your visible brethren, John the apostle said, you are a liar.

Love (Philo)
Here the word love used in Greek, Philo, Philadelphia, meaning not unconditional love but brotherly love, family love.

Love one another fervently with a pure heart,

Here, the word  “LOVE”   in Greek, Agape Love, Unconditional Love. We can see the progress in Christian nature.
Start with brotherly love, as we are growing in Christ, changing our nature, and we must love others like our Lord loves us, which means love them unconditionally.
Our salvation must influence all the areas in our life.

Luke 15 God’s Unconditional Love

Luke 15 :1-2we can see  Three kind of People in this text:
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, ?This Man receives sinners and eats with them.

1. Religious leader
2. Sinners and tax collector / unworthy people/unwanted people
3. Christ
Complaint:Jesus spending time with Sinners.

These religious leaders having an accusation against Jesus: Jesus hanging around with sinners.
Jesus sees the people differently than we see. Jesus saw their heart, they were weary and scattered, they are like sheep without Shepherd has gone astray and Jesus moved in his heart, he had compassion up on them. No one want these people but Jesus want them, he loves them,  Jesus loves these sinners but did not like many things in their life.
Jesus answered them by telling 3 parables. These three parables have the same truth.

Luke 15:4-7

What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ?Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!? 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

Here this shepherd had 100 sheep. He lost one. Percentage of lost is 1%. Not much, If you are a Shepherd and lost is 1 percentage, you will say that is okay, I have 99. But this shepherd love his sheep unconditionally. He is not ready to lose even I sheep.

If you visit a home, or if you are at a party, if no one is talking to you, if they are all busy with others, how would you feel, if I was that person, surely I would feel isolated, I would feel like I am insignificant in this group. 

This shepherd has 100 sheep, but he had lost one, he was searching for that one lost sheep because one sheep is so important for this shepherd, he loves the sheep.

When he finds the sheep, he lays it on his shoulder because he loves it,
Shepherd rejoices when he found one lost sheep ? God rejoices when 1 sinner repents
Friend?s of the shepherd rejoice when the lost sheep found ? Heaven rejoice when 1 sinner repents.

Message
You pharisees, and scribes you are not happy when one sinner repents. Because you are not friends Of God.

The Parable of the Lost Coin Luke 15:8-10

8 “what woman, having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ 10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

She lost 1 coin out of 10. Percentage of lost is 10.

Those days, married women reflect her relationship with her husband, to keeping the 10 coin inside her house or wearing it in her neck. It is like Christians reflect his relationship with God, by bearing the fruits of spirit in his life.

It is so important for this woman to keep the 10 coins safely,  but she lost one, she searched and found it, The relationship restored.
She and her friends rejoiced, same like above parable god and heaven rejoice because the relationship were restored.

Parable of Good Father.
In these 3 parable, something lost is progressively valuable
First sheep one percentage. Second coin, sheep is valuable but coin is valuable than sheep, percentage of lost is 10 . son is valuable than sheep and coin, percentage is 50. One out of 2.

Luke 15:11-29

Luke 15:11-12
Then He said: A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.

The younger son asks his father for his share.

1. Among Jews , oldest will get 2/3 of father’s inheritance, and youngest will get 1/3 of his in inheritance.
2.  As long as the father lives, they don’t get any inheritance.
3. No son will ask inheritance when his father lives, it is a big shame on father..

But this Good Father divided his livelihood equally, and has given one portion to his younger  son.
He Went to some other place and spend all that he had by his prodigal living

Luke 15:17

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
He Realize
When he come to himself  ( when he realize about himself)
He remember his Father House, where his father’s servants have enough bread and spare, here I am ,  starving for food.

His decision
I will go to my father house and say, Father I have sinned against heaven and you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son, 

Luke 15:22
But the father said to his servants, ?Bring[b] out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
Father said to his servant

Bring The BEST Robe =  Sign Of Honor

Put a ring on his hand = symbol of authority

Sandals on his Feet =  He restored him back to son-ship

Luk15:25-28

Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, Your brother has come, and because your father has received him back safe and sound, he has killed the fated calf.

28 But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him
The elder brother heard the music and sounds , and he came to know that his brother came back.So he was so angry, he don?t want to enter into his house.

Came Out For the Elder Son
He was so angry, there for his father came out for elder son

He came out for the Younger son
Verses 15 says , the father saw that his younger son coming way off, father came out from his home to receive, now elder son was angry , he don’t want to come in, the father came out to bring his elder son in

Verse 28 says Father Plead:
Father pleading to his son, dear son come in,
What kind of father is this, He loves his children unconditionally and  he is so humble.

Sheep
1. Now lost sheep is with the other 99, but since it got lost, it could not cope with group.

Peter said
Evil is like roaring lion, lion always attacks week animal, one who is walking alone and away from their group, to devour means to put you under his control to establish his plan through you.

Coin
Lost coin: she lost the coin / relationship, may due to the attraction of this world, she failed to set her mind on heavenly things, she set her mind on earthly things, so the weeds choked the seed, but she took a break and instead of blaming the situation, or problems, she found the root cause instead of treating the sickness. She has established the relation with her husband

Son
He was a arrogant and stubborn son, some people ask question to God respective of their situation and have lots of bitterness towards God , and depart from the presence of God to enjoy the sin of this world. 

But God
Ephesians 2:4-6
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
Heavenly places, Giving us the access to experience the heavenly blessings like, GOD?S PROVISION,PROTECTION,PROMISES.

Is it not unconditional love.

1 peter 1:22

2 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[d] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart

Truth 
Our Lord never gives us a command unless he gives us the power to keep the commandment.

Romans 5:5
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
You have the ability to love one another unconditionally because the Love of God has been poured out, in our heart by the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 12:1-2
since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Here Paul said, Christians are like athlete, We are on the racing track, race of faith (this life). There are lots of ups and down in our life, discouragement and lapse of faith. But we  are surrounded by a clod of witness or Many old testament people are sitting  around and encouraging you and me in this spiritual race, they are saying you can make it, do not give up this race of faith, we already went through the  situation which you are facing and we had victory over it, do not give up.

Encouragement from Old Testament people
Finishing line we can see someone standing , Our Lord, he also went through all the hardships, which we are presently facing  and came out victoriously over all trials and pain and death. But he is not among one of old Testament saints but he is standing in the finishing line waiting for you, You have to look unto him for this spiritual race.

Message
You will get encouragement from Old Testament people but you will be empowered by our Lord Jesus Christ.
When he gives you the new life, He gives you the power to live a new life,

1 peter 1:22
Pure Heart
Pure heart. Talking about the intention of your love. There is an intention in every act. Love is a act with emotion. Because love is active not passive.

Philippians 1:10

I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
Paul was praying for the believers in philipy, that your love may abound, or over flow like a river.
And that river must have two banks 1. Knowledge 2, Discernment
Otherwise you will be in a trap.

Knowledge 
You must understand whom you are loving, The expression of love will  vary person to person. Your expression of love towards 8 year old and 4 year old are different, mother and wife, and sister and Grandmother, it is different.
But it must come out from your inner man, From your heart.

Discernment is so important.
The intention of the expression of love must be pure, You should not have any hidden agenda. God Knows Your thought.

1 peter 1:23
Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever
Word of God is the Living seed.
There is a great potential in a seed, Because there is life in a seed.
Jesus said if you have faith like a mustard seed, say unto this mountain, it will move. The mustard seed has life in it, there is a great potential in it.Otherwise I can say like this, if your faith is an active faith, if there is a life in your faith, this mountain will move.
The word of God is in you, There is lot of potential in your life, Because life of Christ is in you, this living seed is in corruptible. So you have the ability to bare fruits, because living seed is in you.
No seed, no fruits.

You are able to love others unconditionally.
1 peter 1:24
Today you are so important person tomorrow may be not, situation will change, people come to our life some times for a season, today we will feel good may be tomorrow not, today we have money may be tomorrow not. But still you are able to love others unconditionally, because the seed in you, the life in you will not change, God?s nature is always same.
You are able to love the Lord and love the people regardless of situation.

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1 Peter 1:8-9 Love Endures All Things

Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls.

Whom having not seen You Love

Peter is writing to those who have not seen Jesus directly like peter did or those who do not have any one to one experience with Jesus, Yet to Believe in him.

Message:

You did not see God Yet you love him and Trust him.

Question?

Is it possible to see God?

Mosses on the Mountain with God

Exodus 24:9-10

Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab,and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.

Moses and his friends saw GOD of Israel.

Old Testament Patriarch saw the God of Israel, the God Almighty.

Exodus 6:3

 And God spoke to Moses and said to him: I am the Lord. I appearedto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord[] I was not known to them.Message:

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob have seen God as God almighty.

Jesus said: John 6:46, 1:18

Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father

1:18

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

Old Testament people have seen God, Jesus said no one has seen the Father God.

Who is right, Jesus or Old Testament saints?

 Both are right.

Old Testament saints have seen God, as God almighty, the Second person in triune God.

They have seen Jesus, Pre incarnated Christ, Before the Word Become Flesh. Not Father God.

Jesus in the Old Testament   Genesis 14:18

18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.

 4 Kings fought with 5 kings, and defeated the 5 kings and enslaved their people brought them into their own land, Lot was one of the slave.

Abraham and his people went after these 4 kings and defeated them and delivered the people and Lot.

On the way back to his home, A man appeared to Abraham with Bread and wine. Abraham Gave him Tithe.

His name is Melchizedek

Melek = King, Sedeq = Righteousness.

  • Salem meaning- Peace, King of Peace or Prince of Peace
  • He brought Bread and Wine. We can seesome one came up with  bread and wine in the New testament.
  • He is the Priest of God.

Word of God says,

  • Abraham gave tithe. It is a way of worshipping  God, Worship is not receiving but giving.

Message:

King of Righteousness, Prince of Peace, Brought bread and wine, High priest of God

What Paul said about this High Priest?

Hebrew 7:1-3

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness”, and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace”, without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. He is the Son Of God. Pre- incarnated Christ.

Joshua 5:13-15

 The Commander of the Army of the 13 and it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite to him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”

14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come”.

And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What doesmy Lord say to His servant?”

15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy”. And Joshua did so.

Message:

Joshua worshipped the Lord.

He removed his Sandal, the place where Joshua were standing became holy because of the presence of God.

1 PETER 1:8-9

Love and Trust

You love God and Trust him , even though you are not seeing him.

Love and trust is the essence of any relationship, towards man or God.

You became the member of God’s family, God became your Father, so you must love and trust him by knowing his love, mercy and compassion towards your life.

Ten Commandments:

  1. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any gravenimage.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shalt not kill.
  7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shalt not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
  10. Thou shalt not covet.

First 4 are towards God, Vertical relationship

Second 6 are towards Man, Horizontalrelationship

That is the essence of cross, vertical relationship towards God, the foundation Log, Horizontal relationship towards Man, The horizontal Log.

Why Love and trust is so important.

Vertical relationship is so important for the Horizontal relationship.

How much you love and trust the Lord is directly related to how much you can love and trust your neighbors.

This 10 commandments Jesus summed up into one commandment

Luke 10:27 Worship

Message:

Your up reach will determine your outreach.

Colossians 1:4-5

Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.

How far you could set your mind on heavenly things, which is your spiritual Hope, that faryour will have faith.  Your faith depends upon your hope, because Hope and faith are interconnected, you cannot separated it likes Love and Trust. How people will know that you have great faith, onlyby seeing your love (character) towards others.

Message:

Faith is the root and Love is the fruits of your root.  Love is so important.

  1. Love and trust is the essence of relationship.

You rejoice with great Joy in your persecution

“Joy” is the outcome of your Relationship with God. Joy will destroy the emptiness. Happiness depends upon what is happening around you, but joy depends upon your relationship with God.

Rom 8:20

20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope;

The Creation(Human)

Futility (emptiness)

Because of him (Son of God)

God created Adam and he created emptiness in his soul, for the spirit of God can dwell in him. When He failed spiritually, he died spiritually, spirit of God departed from him, But through Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God fills up that gap in our soul.  Because God loves us, God want to bring us back to him. If the gap in your soul is not filled with the spirit of GOD, you will feel emptiness. Some worship many gods because they could not find peace from any of their gods. Jesus only can give peace in our soul because he is the creator.

So we ar eable to rejoice in our suffering, even though we groan in our pain same time we can have peace in our soul.

Message:

Relationship with God only can fill that gap, and give us Joy in our Life.

Though now you do not see him

Meaning is one day you are going to see him, That is

Verse 9

Receiving the end of your faith-the salvation of your soul. Little difficult to understand: because we are missing one word which is in verse 8 that is “full of Glory”

I can read like this, you will receive full of Glory when you see the Lord. Once this life is over, that time you will see the Lord and you will be filled with glory like our Lord.

1 John 3:2

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

We are going to see him.

Message:

You love and trust God yet not seeing God, Love and Trust is the essence of Relationship, Because of relationship with God; you have Joy in your soul among this persecution. That Joy is beyond what we can express.

One day we are going to see Our Lord, that day we will be filled with Joy and will have full of Glory.

You will be like him, full of Glory.

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1 Peter 1:1 Peter the apostle of Christ

Colossians 4:7 Tychicus, a beloved brotherfaithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.

Paul was talking about his personnel secretary, a scribe for Paul, his ministry is delivering letter from Paul to churches…

Paul, was an apostle, established churches,more than that a great theologian ever lived…

Tychicus a beloved brother: He is close to my heart, I know him very well, and he is available for God and me

Faithful minister: Which means, servant… he is so faithful in serving God and human

Fellow servant: There is no different between me and him….we both are same, Servants of God

Acts 6:1-5 Faithfulness over few things 

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.

Hellenists: Jews widows who used Greek as their language

Peter said it is not desirable to leave the word of God and serve the table because.. He is well aware of the will of God upon his life. Each of us has our own calling.

Jesus called one man

Luke 9:59-60

He said to another, “Follow Me” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”Here same like Peter, Jesus called someone to preach the kingdom of God, Jesus call him voluntarily….He said: my father died, let me go and bury my father, and then I will come and join you…

Jesus said: dead can bury the dead…which means anyone can do the worldly works. But to preach the kingdom of God, we need calling…

Others can bury his father, but others cannot preach the word of God.

There was a calling upon his life to preach gospel, he cannot substitute his calling with someone else…. 

Peter knows his calling:

Peter knows his calling, he said let us find someone to do this business….for daily distribution…They found 7 people…two of them are 1. Stephen 2. Philip

They worked in the kitchen…they mainly concentrated on taking care of daily distributions….God blessed them

Stephen

Stephen was used by God in such a mighty manner …he prepared the heart of Saul by his testimony and word of God

Jesus sow the seed of salvation…

Philip :

 Preach the Gospel in Samaria, lots of signs and wonders happened by his hand…God was with him…

Message

What is secret behind all these things? Faithfulness in their ministry.

Jesus and his faithful servant:

Matthew 25:21

His Lord said to him, ?Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.’ 

JoyJesus endured the cross because he knew the joy which was set before him “we are his joy”

Good and faithful servant:

Jesus did not say; well done good pastor, theologian, prophet…he said “faithful servant”

Message:

1.Be faithful, may be you are called to work  in the church administration,  handling finance , child care , in the kitchen or pray for others,  be faithful in your service.

So God will open many ways to serve his people that is the Lords joy..Serving people….in his name…

2. Your position in heaven determined by your faithfulness on the earth

3.You cannot be faithful to man unless you are faithful to god…

Knowledge :

 It is the collection of data. We can see lots of believers who have lots of knowledge from the bible, If you have lots of knowledge from the bible and if you do not walk as per the word your heart will be hardened.

1 Cor 8:1 Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up…Love is character, You need deep knowledge from the bible, applying that knowledge in our life is so important.

Wisdom:

Wisdom is applying the knowledge you have from the bible:

Jesus talk to his Disciple ,the value system of his kingdom (matthew:5,6,7, Sermon on the mountain ) He sums up whole message in to an analogy..

That is building a home on a Rock and On Sand; We cans see here a wise man and a foolish man

Wise man

Mathew 7: 24

 Therefore whoever heard these saying of mine, and does them will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock

If you are a believer, you will not panic when wind blows, flood comes, rain descends …. Because you are completely controlled by God, you build your house on Jesus. You don’t want to ask to God …God strengthens me because God is your strength…you don’t want to ask for the protection God is your protection.

Foolish man

Mathew 7:26

Who hears the word of God; neither applies it nor walks as per the word, He will not be able to stand in the judgment. 

1 Peter 1:1

The First Epistle of PETER written by Peter an Apostle of Christ. Theme is suffering; Suffering in the will of god

Name

His Birth name is Simon, Father’s Name is John…Jesus called him Simon Bar Jonah …Simon son of John

Name Simon- meaning

“One who heard”,    He heard everything but did not listen, hearing is done by ears but listening is done by Heart.

Home

His home town was Bethsaida on the lake side of Galilee.

Later he moved to Capernaum because Jesus’s ministries head office was in Capernaum 

Jesus Changed his name:

He called him Peter …Rock…Rocky…In Hebrew Cephas

He was so human

Simon was so human like us, Lots of flaws and imperfection he had in his life…so we can easily relate to him.

Spiritual Immaturity

Jesus said: I am going to die, son of man will suffered and die by gentile..

Simon said, it will not happened, if all these may fall away, I will not, I am ready to die with you…

Craving for position 

Disciple where arguing, who is greater among us, who is the leader among us….

Jesus said: Simon, Simon, Satan ask me permission to chaff you like grain, I pray for my God behalf of you, you may lose your faith.

SIMON BECAME PETER

 A man like water became like ROCK,Faded Hope became Living Hope

Simon left everything and followed Christ, expecting Jesus will knock out pilot and Romans from ruling Israel and we 12 disciples will sit with Jesus and rule the land.

With great expectation they entered with Jesus into Jerusalem, but everything changed, they caught Jesus and crucified him, and Jesus cried out on the cross and died.

Simon had such a great hope in Jesus before his crucifixion. Without fulfilling any promises he died. He thought Jesus failed. His hope became a faded hope. After resurrection Peter had an encounter with Jesus, that changed him completely 

Living Hope

1 peter 1:3 

Peter wrote, we have a living hope. When Jesus died all his hope was lost. When Jesus resurrected from the death as he said, that gave him confidence that whatever Jesus said before his death and after his death will be fulfilled

Simon Became Peter.

John 21:18

Peter when you are young , gridded yourself( you clothed your dress yourself) and walked yourself…but when you old…..other will gridded you and you stretched out your hand and carried you where you not wish to go

Jesus was talking about his death.

1. You will die when you are old….

2. Stretch out your hand…. You will die by crucifixion 

Acts 12:4

Now Peter is in the jail, 4 squad of soldier are guarding him…he was bounded with chains… Herod killed James by sword and the very next day they plan to kill peter ….but peter was sleeping in the Jail…

When Jesus was sleeping on the boat, there was wind and storm …peter was so frightened and cried out Jesus, don’t you bother, we are going to perish…

Now in the jail even though he knows that Herod had a plan to kill him by sword, he is sleeping.

Reason for His Peace: Peter believed in God’s Promises 

1. Jesus said you will die in your older age

2. Jesus said, you will glorify God by death, on the cross

After resurrection Jesus appeared to peter and asked

Simon (old nature), Simon (old nature), Do you love me? then Peter said Yes Lord I loves You

Jesus repeated the same question three times and said; Feed My Sheep, Tent My Sheep, Feed My Sheep.

Jesus giving the authority over his sheep to a failed person

 Only one condition: “Love Jesus”

Jesus came to the earth and suffered, died and Rose up for his church, His church is so precious to Him.

Jesus asking me and you: do you love me?

Do you love Jesus…he is asking to me and you, do you really loves him..

Jesus said: if you love me, you will obey my words….

There are flaws, and imperfections in our lifes, Jesus is not looking for a perfect person; but He asks do you love me? If you say yes Lord, You must live as per his word, 

Then you are a man who builds his house on the rock like Peter.