We opened up our time by singing Hymn 310, "Resurrection Hymn"
We then recited, in unison, 1 Peter 1:1-12.
STUDY & PROPOSITIONS
1 Peter 1:12
Salvation has an angelic audience
Our culture generally believes in a naturalistic universe, but angels are all around us.
Angel = messenger - they are deliverers of God's word, as well as executors of God's will
Angels really desire to understand the salvation that we have in Christ
Ephesians 3:8-10, "…wisdom of God might now be made known…in the heavenly places."
Angels did know about God's wisdom (Rev 5:11-12, Rev 7:9-12), but they look at us, longing to understand the wisdom of God specifically in salvation
Angels are watching our lives (1 Cor 11:10, Heb 13:2)
Angelic beings are real - when we approach our world view with a purely naturalistic standpoint, we are approaching the world with foggy lenses
QUESTION: When were angels created?
Angels are not eternal, as they were created (Col 1:15, invisible things), but they were there before the foundation of the world
1 Peter 1:13
Salvation entails duty
The first 2 phrases are preparatory participles for the 3rd phrase ("…fix your hope…")
We have all these blessings, and with these blessings comes duty and responsibility
We’re not to be smug, thinking to ourselves "we're so blessed!" and stop there - He's got actions for us!
mature believers have a ready mind
“prepare your minds for action”
It is so important to get it right in our minds
In the Greek, there is a sense of girding up the loins of your mind
A Christian doesn't just let their mind go
We have to recognize that our life is God's, not our own
“keep sober in spirit”
Don't be sleepy or drunk, but have full control
We don't live in a neutral world - there is evil from our flesh, evil from the world, evil from Satan and his minions that want to conquer us (Eph. 5:16)
We’ll continue with the third phrase next time…