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Believer’s Obligations (Part C)

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October 31, 2019 6:00 am

Believer’s Obligations (Part C)

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October 31, 2019 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the 1st letter of Peter 3:8-17

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As a man Peter is applying Scripture is saying we read in the Bible's real stop. Yet God he sees what's going on, his children, the right is not to smack them over the head. We often respond well to VCs, why is he delay. Why does God appear to be in active when I need him most. The final answer is he sees beyond everything we see, this is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston.

Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of first Peter, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching. The title of today's message is believers obligations as Pastor Rick teaches through first Peter chapter 3 is sovereign over us.

Thank God he is also loving will go back to that little bit but one more picture of not reviling for refiling. The days of naming Naaman was a man that men loved people did not mind following it comes out in the story. There are so many people under his authority that were encouraging him. You should go see the prophet, the prophet did that they would just they loved him well. Naaman had led a raid into Israel and taken slaves of the Jews with him and one last one young woman or girl he had assigned to serve his wife.

You know what that young Hebrew daughter of of Abraham said to eight Naaman of Naaman's wife.

If my master would only go to see Elijah the prophet he would be healed.

How many of you would say I hope you drop dead the way only gets worse.

Somehow she did.

She pointed the one who enslaved her to the cure to his diseased body. What a picture.

What a magnificent hero of Scripture she didn't even know it. Just telling the truth. She believed in the power of God through the man of God's legendary what is legendary of me. Those want throwing rocks at my casket.

The ones you love me.

What will they remember.

I hope it is a man of God. Every one of us should ask ourselves that question not about me. Not all about me, but it should be all about me know what should not knowing that you were called to this now business is to love others without a need for them to love us back. That's it, knowing that Christ loves us. That is something to think about. I will love you without demanding your love and return that is agape love that is not for Leo that is agape you mothers you know that set up with a child all night long and a little in the morning when they feel better. Seldom do they come in and say thanks mom. I don't remember. I was thanking my mom as a little guy is her duty.

I didn't think I went off to play gratitude that were think is related to our English word, think this is knowing that you are called to this but I say Jesus speaking and so on. The sermon I love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those made you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, you going to need to pray up for that one. You're not going who we are going to need one after pursue chase the Christian life in the spirit to achieve any of that. And thus we pray leave me not into temptation but deliver me from evil.

For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory Christianity is not a religion for angels. It is a religion in its strict sense for sinners souls banished from the presence of God is that not what happened to Adam. Need get out of the garden. He puts he put a century there Sentinel, a spiritual being with a flaming sword. Second Corinthians tells us that we banished souls can be reconciled.

That's the kind of faith. This is our reality beyond religion. It is our reality. It is the real thing. No, all things are of God. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that beautiful second Corinthian letter is hard to teach first Corinthians is just spanking guilty Christians for the first nine chapters of which I am one with that second one is reconciliation is enough of them, pledged themselves to get their act together you can work with that can work with one that is just insistent on thing in the flesh, and still claiming Christ. Now all things are of God was reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Fixing the problem. That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their trespasses to them and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Four times reconciled get it fixed as much as it is in you fix it. Romans 511 and not only that we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have received reconciliation. Banished souls can come back to the way of Christ the truth in life is no other way. You believe there's another way to heaven. You've been lied to and you falling for you been suckered and sold a Badham bag of you been sold bucket with no bottom.

Useless. He says here, Peter does, that you may inherit a blessing were not for my own failures were not for my own family.

I would point my little preachy finger at you to get your act together but I've got mine to so this makes it very real. I cannot claim everybody except me a minute to everything I preaches for me to first Peter again since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren love one another fervently with a pure heart. Having been born again, not of corruptible seed through the word of God which lives and abides forever. The incorruptible you can't mess with God's word. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth how many Christians things they did this. It's cool to not be reverent you will make yourself a fool with that kind of verse 10.

For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit. A general principle, giving an absolute dollar guarantees is as a rule, if you want to see good days, long life than work to be righteous is quoting Psalm 34 which is a Psalm of David. David wrote this Psalm after he behaved as a fool in the presence of the king of Gath Philistine ruler. He survived it anywhere in here for he wrote about it. He put music to it.

Psalm 34 verse 12. Who is the man who desires life loves many days that he may see good.

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit depart from evil and do good, seek peace and go after it.

The eyes of Yahweh are on the righteous and his ears are open to their cry.

The face of Yahweh is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

If penalty as Peter learned in the upper room of Christ is not washed a sinner sinner can have no part with Christ so as prayer of the psalmist in the center is Psalm 51 to this this Psalm again. As you know, David. David survived egregious sin with Bathsheba and he writes this 51st Psalm, and he says wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin that Deke did iniquity that deep down dirt that plagues us. He wanted out of it.

He didn't want it in his life. The mark of a believer. I wanted out, not only because it's bad for me and for others but it is against my God. Verse 11. Let him turn away from evil and do good. Let them seek peace and pursue it again is quoting the song we are obligated to go after peace. Blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called sons of God. Verse 12 how life characterized by turning away from what is evil going for what is good for this is for the eyes of Yahweh. It's the Lord here in the Greek New Testament written in the Greek is quoting the Old Testament the covenant name of God to the Old Testament, righteous Jews, Yahweh went to the Christian.

It is Jesus Christ who is the Yahweh of the Old Testament the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayers but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil is a man Peter he's applying Scripture anything. Look what we read in the Bible is real stuff yeah God he sees what's going on, his children, the right is not to smack them over the head. We often respond well to VCs, why is he delaying why does God appear to be in active when I need him most. The final answer is he sees beyond everything we see and that's good enough for him and in the end will have to wait good enough for us.

This life will be the only agony we will have the Oxford martyrs.

Ridley Vladimir and Chambers. They were scholars.

Two of them were old man and they were burned at the stake because they love the word of God. Vladimir says to Ridley, they will burn together. Kramer would be burned later that Amir says were about the light a candle in England that will never go out with courage is that later Chambers. He recants against his is outcry against Rome Catholicism and then he is given the takes about what is not believed a sentence to be burned at the stake.

Several month later and he gets to preach a sermon before his death that day and of course he lets it all out. The people love these men because they were preaching God's word to them and they were getting God's word prior to the in England. This is the English Reformation. Well anyway Chambers ease ghost of the stake and the hand that he used to re-sign his recants, he puts it into the flame. He screams out burned hand in other words you you who signed and betrayed your Lord, you perish. Courage the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous. Those men died knowing God saw them would receive them as did Steven and so many other martyrs, men and women alike.

That's what faith does it sees beyond what's up in my face sees to eternity since Jesus lives forever will never leave or forsake us. He sees it all. What kind of courage does he have to tolerate his kids being messed with his profoundest thoughts are not our thoughts, his ways are not always a higher big higher. Psalm 138 six though the Lord is on high. Yet he regards the lowly but the proud.

He knows from afar get away from me is to get away so you read that verse in Psalm 138, as I don't want to be that proud person self exalting puffed up with myself impressed with myself disdain for others.

Certainly not submitting to God, I don't want to be that guy because that's the one God resists verse 13. Who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good again general principle, but even if you should suffer, and here's why.

We know it's a general principle does Peter's same enough to point this out. Even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed and do not be afraid of their threats nor be troubled.

Luke's Gospel, Jesus speaking he says and I say to you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more they can do. We know we just came real close that last general election. Have we would be under a lot of pressure right now. God didn't intervene, but he hasn't always intervened on behalf of the righteous as he had just recently done for us, but there's still time. There's still time for us to be martyrs. He continues Jesus does, he says, but I will show you whom you should fear. Fear him who after you skill has power to cast into hell yes I say fear him. So when Peter says don't be afraid of their threats nor be trouble because God got his hat he has it under control and Peter say listen, this is a persecution where under I don't know if it's going to escalator not at this point in history did not know where this was going. None of them did Whitted go it went to the point where you knew you were always burning Christians as porches in his garden while he on a chariot road nude to sell the people see. I hate them to went to the point where both Peter and Paul were executed for their belief in Jesus Christ.

Peter didn't care it was troubled anymore. It was not the same man that stood by the enemy's fire having followed Jesus from a distance and denied him is not that man anymore. He saw the risen Lord is a new Peter.

It's a new you.

It's a new me the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Serious business is why I resented having bunnies associated with the resurrection of my Lord. I don't even like the name of the goddess of sex and futility being associated with Jesus being up from the grave is not self-righteousness is the fact what is an egg had to do with the blood of Jesus Christ that empty tomb sure somebody clever enough can fit it in non-me. I don't want to so I hope I don't sound self-righteous but I'm I am firm in my conviction on that matter.

The day we come together to celebrate the Lord, the Lord's resurrection is no day like an owner. There's nothing like the only thing associated with that day is him well I told you I was full of the spirit. Verse verse 15 oh it almost out of time.

I was going to stop earlier, but we can do this if you just turn your watches off sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, always be ready to give a defense to everyone who ask your reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. Devote your heart to God.

Be ready to answer the challenges we got the answer challenges as as people do in courtrooms and other places. All we have to do is say why we believe that's what the witness does. I could tell you what I saw, and sometimes were so pressured by this we need to be theologians how to answer that question. Look I can answer your question, what you believe all that stuff in there are this fine. Let me tell you what I believe what I saw who I know Revelation chapter 12 verse 11, they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony because they did not love their lives to the death and feckless take verse 10 with then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven now salvation, and strength in the kingdom of our God and the power of his cries of calm for the accuser of our brethren who accuse them before our God day and night, has been cast down, and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death they went out like heroes. Satan was in enraged they went out like heroes, as did Ridley and Vladimir Kramer. Then we read this will save that last one in revelations was finish this up is is always be ready to give a defense because you walk with the Lord were defense the apology or will we get our rings, word apology, but it does not mean sorry it means defend in the context of new in the Greek and how it is used in our emotions become something else but Mr. stand against it and and that's what the defense is some souls don't know why they're rejecting Jesus Christ.

And that's an opportunity for us to tell them why they should not reject him.

Is this to everyone who ask your reason for the hope that is in you that person come to ask you in the first place. God sent them that's how so don't depend on the pastor to reach the lost souls you you bring the church want to bring the church.

The pastor is to equip for the work of ministry work of ministry involve the preaching of the gospel meekness he says meekness is strength held back for a reason you have strength to pick a leg up but you don't crush it in your hand for a reason you have other things to do with it is not on resurrection day. We have so much more. Any this, but we have to move on. He says with fear reverence. There is an in reverent it and irreverence amongst Christians today.

I think in an effort to identify with the world to be like them to ask unbelievers how we should behave and to fit in when trying to fit in with them with trying to fit them into the kingdom broad is the way narrow is the gate that leads to destruction, and there are many that go and buy because narrow is the way that leads to eternal life.

You gotta press and through what is narrow not here to fit in with were not here to be quirky, either self-righteous or kooky or and we are here to be centered on Jesus Christ. That's was save people save souls and so this reverence belongs to our faith.

Verse 16 having a good conscience that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be a shame not because we tried to fit in with them. The church Christianity is so much discussed how young Christians are just so determined to look to walk to act like the world memo saying, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, duck about walk like a Christian speak like a Christian doesn't take much to do that. It just just means that we know who we are. We don't have an identity issue is hardest not an easy one because those to those who are comfortable with the world will challenge it will your wounds. Other than that, just, you know.

Okay fine you know which you know the truth.

So take care of our conduct.

God will take care of our characters. No Christian phrase. Proverbs 28 the wicked flee when no one pursues that the righteous are bold as a lion because the consciences is clear, yeah.

Satan accuses us day and night. What would guilty were sinners. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin, who shall separate you from the love of Christ Jesus, who no one verse 17 for it is better if this is the will of God to suffer for doing good then for doing evil yeah. Talk is cheap, but consider the life of Joseph consider Joseph before Potter for his wife for the noblest act of his life. He went to prison he went to jail.

How many men would've crumbled such an invitation.

He stood firm and he suffered, he had to be in prison.

What is, where is my God was given me this dreams was given me the interpretation of dreams. Why is he allowing me to suffer like this one.

I have my brothers sold me to slaves. Why am I now in prison we never get that from Joseph is like a happy-go-lucky guy just getting to the field doing his next thing I tried to do it. I can't skip my trip on every time. Ask chapter 5.

Many Christians don't have this in their Bibles so they departed from the presence of the Council rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name suffer shame if the heavy hitters.

It not to be embarrassed that people mock you shake their heads to skew the tribulation heroes verse 17 of Revelation 12 we close with this and the dragon was enraged with the woman that is Israel and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, church, Jew and Gentile alike. Listen to it who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ wherein perfect for we pursue his testimony would try to uphold it. I is so frustrating and heartbreaking to find Christians turn on their pastors or other Christians for upholding righteousness without legalism. I mean immorality not not winking at this is what the Scriptures talk. God is not going to bless you.

Tell him he's wrong that they should be allowed to live without conviction move. We are so glad you tuned in today to study the book of first Peter on cross reference radio cross reference radio is the daily radio ministry of pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia, and we are blessed to bring you God's word with each broadcast. If you'd like more information about this program or want to listen to additional teachings from Pastor Rick please visit our website cross reference also encourage you to subscribe to our podcast so you'll never have to miss a program.

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