If the wages of sin is death, then only death can pay the price for sin. God’s grace provided a substitute— Jesus—who died in our place
It is clear that growing disciple’s cannot achieve Jesus’ sinless perfection in this lifetime. However, the word holy refers to being set apart. Remember 1 Peter 1:2? Peter said the Holy Spirit had sanctified them, or set them apart, for obedience to God. This call to holiness set the expectation that they should demonstrate their new status in Christ. They could no [...]
Peter encouraged these growing disciples to be like obedient children in their desire to follow in their Lord’s design.
Place your hope completely on God’s grace.
1 Peter 1:13 calls the church to live seriously in Christ’s victory through transformed, worthy living.
Disciples of Jesus Christ are on mission! We have the good news that this bipolar world needs, but do we take our roles and our opportunities seriously?
We can live faithfully because Jesus, who died for us and rose again, will soon return in power and glory.
Jesus' suffering made our salvation possible, causing the angels to offer great joy and praise to the Father.
Beginning with Moses, Jesus used the Prophets and the Psalms to describe how He must suffer before rising from the dead so that people might repent and receive forgiveness of their sins (Luke 24:44-47). Jesus understood the implications of His purpose. He prepared the disciples by reminding them how the prophets predicted the Messiah would suffer before entering into His glory (Luke [...]
The prophets not only spoke about Christ’s glory, but also His sufferings.
Countless Christians have forfeited their lives for Jesus. Yet, our goal is secure in Him, and that should give us great joy.
Being a Christian is not just about going to heaven instead of hell. It involves a growing, living relationship with Christ.
In light of Christ’s sure return in glory and power, Christians can live securely in the darkest hours.
Our greatest glory comes not in any honor for ourselves, even in suffering, but in glorifying our Lord who suffered beyond measure for us.
We must learn that the phrase, “praise, glory, and honor” points to the Lord Jesus at His revealing. Not us.
Afflictions cause distress and discomfort, but, like fire, they can provide an environment from which purified faith emerges strong and secure.