4-19-20 – 1 Peter 1:1-9 – David Thompson

4-19-20 – 1 Peter 1:1-9 – David Thompson

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Text: 1 Peter 1:1-9

Three Truths concerning Trials in 1 Peter 1:1-9

1 Peter 1:6

[6] In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, (ESV)

1 Peter 4:12

[12] Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (ESV)

1. The Christian life is a life of exile: 1 Peter 1:1-2

[1] Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, [2] according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (ESV)

2. Because of our inheritance, we still rejoice in exile: 1 Peter 1:3-6a (this would include the phrase ‘in this you rejoice’)

[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [4] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, [5] who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. [6] In this you rejoice, (ESV)

3. The trials of exile are short and necessary: 1 Peter 1:6-9

[6] In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, [7] so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. [8] Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, [9] obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (ESV)

1: What are your expectations?

2: How is your joy?

3: If you are not a Christian, what is your hope?