Eternal Assurance (1 Peter 3:8-22)
Part of the All In - Tested By Fire series, preached at a Sunday Online service
1 Peter 3:8–22 (Listen)
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
All In - Tested By Fire
I Peter 3:8-22
Do you live an eternally focused life?
We impact eternity by:
*Accepting Jesus as our Savior
*Living our lives with character
*Consistency in our daily lives
*Understanding what Jesus did for us
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.vs.15-17
LIving with Assurance in our hearts will lead to:
I. True impact Jesus will make - vs.8-12
A. Our calling
B. Our desire
C. Our reward
II. Effective accounting in our lives - vs.13-17
A. Balance our lives in His hope
B. Choose the Jesus way in difficulty
C. See the value in suffering for Him
III. The story that captures us-vs. 18-22
A. Made alive in the Spirit
B. Experiencing resurrection power
C. Recognize His position at the right hand of God
Do you have a daily experience of His assurance?