The Hope of Glory

March 30, 2018 at 10:19 am | Posted in I Peter | 7 Comments
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The Book of I Peter was written by the Holy Spirit, using the Apostle Peter as His human instrument. Peter’s first name was Simon. “Peter” meant “rock” or “stone.” The two leading Apostles of the early church were: Paul, who was assigned by the Lord to minister primarily to the Gentiles; and Peter, who was assigned to minister primarily to the Jewish people.

The Lord Jesus, during His earthly ministry, had given these to commands to Peter:

1. Strengthen the flock.

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Luke 22:31-32

2. Care for the flock.

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

John 21:15

Many Bible scholars believe that the letter we know as I Peter was written from Rome, so Peter probably did minister there, but he was not the first to minister there, and he did not establish the first Christian church there, and he was not the first pope.

Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:

Romans 15:20

Paul did not minister evangelistically where other Apostles had gone, and we know that Paul accomplished the Lord’s goal for him to take the Gospel to Rome.

I Peter is believed to have been written in or around 63 A.D. It was written to believers who were undergoing severe persecution and suffering. The Holy Spirit’s word of encouragement for those who were suffering was that their suffering would lead to glory.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

I Peter 1:6-7

The suffering of the believers would be terrible, but we must also keep in mind the superior sufferings of Christ.

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

I Peter 1:11

We might say that Paul was the Apostle of faith, and John was the Apostle of love. If so, we would say that Peter was the Apostle of hope. Hopelessness is a condition produced by an unhinged mind – a mind that has come loose at some point between the beginning and the end.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

I Peter 1:3

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

I Peter 1:13

Your physical birth did not come with a guarantee of glory, but if you have been “born” spiritually (born again), you were born for glory.

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

I Peter 1:23-25

Because of God’s promise at our birth (our spiritual birth), He guards us until that glory is fulfilled – until it “comes into bloom.”

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

I Peter 1:4-5

While we are being guarded, and watched over, we are not to be idle, and God is certainly not idle in our lives. He is working to prepare us for glory. What is the number one way to prepare something for glory? To pamper and coddle it? To leave it to its own devices? No. Trials, temptations, tests, even suffering, purify us and prepare us for glory.

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

I Peter 1:7

Does all this mean we have to wait to experience glory? Not necessarily. We must have the gift of faith to receive the gift of salvation that secures our home in Heaven, but, until then, we are striving to grow in faith – to see something of what Heaven will be like begin to come into our lives now.

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

I Peter 1:8

As we begin to think about all this glory, we get excited, and we might tend to get “carried away,” which is a common expression we use for someone who we perceive to be overexcited, but the expression, “carried away,” should also remind us that Satan is like a roaring lion who is looking for the opportunity to “carry away” sheep who disobey their shepherd, and who wander away from his protection.

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