#198 Across the Lands
This week we continued studying through 1 Peter 1.
PROPOSITIONS & EXPLANATORY NOTES
Christ is the master.
God gave us salvation in His sovereignty for the purpose of obedience to Christ.
True believers obey the Lord.
Christ is the cleanser.
Sinners are cleansed by the precious blood of Christ.
Blessing others is a normal Christian disposition.
Greetings such as Peter's were common and normal, as all Christians extended warm and gracious greetings to each other.
Our warm disposition toward one another comes from a natural love that Christians have for one another in Christ. We ought to desire to bless and extend the grace and peace of God to each other.
God the Father is the God of Jesus Christ.
In bearing full humanity, Christ worshiped the Father as His God.
We worship the Father as the initiator of our salvation.
The Father has initiated and executed our regeneration. God is the one who caused us to be born again.
It is by God's great mercy that we have been chosen for salvation. We do not deserve regeneration, and we did not merit or earn regeneration. We are entirely at the hands of God's mercy and recipients of the blessing of salvation. God deserves all of the recognition and all of our praise.
Our hope is in our future glorified life.
Because Christ rose from the dead, we have hope and confidence that we will also be raised from the dead.
Christ literally died and was raised again in the same physical body. He literally came back from the dead, and has mastery and victory over death and mortality. This is why we can have a living hope in Him.
The quality of our life in future glory will be much greater than any life we can live now on earth.
Our inheritance is unlike earthly inheritance.
Things in this life will fade, rust, and degrade, but our inheritance is imperishable, permanent, and indestructible.
The present world is corrupted and tainted by sin, but our heavenly inheritance is pure and undefiled.
Earthly things lose their luster and appeal, but our heavenly inheritance is unfading, and will never get old.
The good life is ahead of us, and will continue forever.