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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 3 - OUR LIVING HOPE (1 PETER 1:3-5)

INTRODUCTION: THIS WEEK OUR STUDY WILL BE VERSES 3-5 OF THE FIRST
CHAPTER OF 1 PETER.

I. PETER'S ORIGINAL ATTITUDE

     A. LETS REVIEW.  WHAT DID PETER (AND THE OTHER DISCIPLES)
     BELIEVE ABOUT JESUS' MISSION ON EARTH?

     B. HOW DID THE DISCIPLES VIEW JESUS STATEMENTS ABOUT HIS 
     COMING DEATH? (WHEN WE LOOKED AT PETER'S LIFE WE DISCOVERED
     THAT PETER BELIEVED THAT JESUS WAS GOING TO SET UP AN EARTHLY
     KINGDOM.  AS A RESULT OF THAT HE DID NOT BELIEVE (AND DID NOT
     UNDERSTAND) JESUS' STATEMENT ABOUT SUFFERING AND DYING.)

     C. THIS ATTITUDE IS CLEARLY SHOWN IN A COUPLE VERSES IN MATT
     & LUKE:

          1. MT. 16:21 "From that time on Jesus began to explain to
          his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer
          many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and
          teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on
          the third day be raised to life." 22 "Peter took him
          aside and began to rebuke him. 'Never, Lord!' he said.
          'This shall never happen to you.!'"
          
          2. AFTER JESUS' CRUCIFIXION, JESUS FOLLOWERS FOUND THAT
          THE TOMB WAS EMPTY, AND ANGELS CAME AND REMINDED THEM
          THAT JESUS HAD SAID:
Lk 24:7 `The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful
men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" (NIV)

Lk 24:8 Then they remembered his words. (NIV)

     D. TELL ME SOME OF THE THOUGHTS THAT WOULD HAVE GONE THROUGH
YOUR MIND IF YOU WERE A DISCIPLE AND JESUS HAD BEEN CRUCIFIED?

     E. TELL ME WHY, WHEN JESUS FIRST TOLD THEM ABOUT BEING
CRUCIFIED, BUT BEING RAISED, THE DISCIPLES DIDN'T SAY, "WELL, IF
YOU ARE GOING TO BE RAISED IN ONLY THREE DAYS, THAT IS JUST FINE?"
(1. THE WORD "CRUCIFIED" STUCK AND MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO HEAR THE
REST. 2. IT IS OUR NATURE TO CONCENTRATE ON THE BAD PART AND NOT
THE ROMANS 8:28 PART.)

     F. HAVE YOU FOUND THIS TO BE  A TYPICAL WAY IN WHICH GOD 
     WORKS?  THAT SATAN CAUSES SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN, AND THAT
     GOD TURNS IT INTO SOMETHING GOOD?

II. PETER'S PRAISE

     A. READ 1 PET.1:3.  WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDE DO WE SEE HERE IN
     PETER? (PRAISE. PETER IS PRAISING THE FATHER FOR THE VERY
     THING THAT HE REFUSED TO BELIEVE WOULD HAPPEN.)
     B. WHY THE CHANGE? WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE? (JESUS'
     RESURRECTION MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.  THAT ONE THING TURNED
     A MOST TERRIBLE EVIL INTO GOOD. INSTEAD OF THE DEATH OF JESUS,
     WITH NO HOPE FOR ANY FUTURE, PETER NOW HAS HOPE.)

     C. LET'S BREAK VERSE ONE DOWN. I THINK THAT PETER IS SORT OF
     MAKING AN ARGUMENT HERE:
          1. PETER SAYS, "PRAISE GOD."

          2. WHY? ("BECAUSE HE IS GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD 
          JESUS.")

     D. LETS PUT THIS IN TODAY'S TERMS.  YOU MIGHT SAY, "PRAISE 
     BRUCE" "BECAUSE HE IS FATHER OF BLAKE."
     
          1.IN MY EXAMPLE, WHO IS REALLY GETTING PRAISED? (BLAKE).
          2.  WHAT ABOUT THE BIBLE VERSE?
     (IT SEEMS ON THE SURFACE AS IF IT IS JESUS.  BUT A GOOD
ARGUMENT CAN BE MADE THAT IT IS PRIMARILY DIRECTED TOWARDS GOD.)

     E. LETS LOOK AT THE DETAILS, THE ARGUMENT WHY GOD DESERVES
THIS PRAISE?

          1. FIRST: "GOD IS MERCIFUL" WHAT HAS GOD DONE THAT IS 
          MERCIFUL? (NOT LET US DIE FOR OUR SINS)

          2. SECOND: GOD GIVES US A NEW BIRTH.

               a. LETS BACK INTO THE DISCUSSION THAT WE LEFT 
               HANGING LAST WEEK:  
               
               b. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR 
               ORIGINAL BIRTH? (NONE)

               c. IS THAT THE SAME WAY WITH YOUR SPIRITUAL REBIRTH?
(WHAT ABOUT THIS LANGUAGE (v.3) "HE GAVE US NEW BIRTH?" DOESN'T
THAT SOUND LIKE SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF US?)

          3. THIRD: GOD GIVES US NEW BIRTH INTO A LIVING HOPE.

               a. WHAT IS IT THAT WE ARE HOPING ABOUT? (LIFE)
               b. HOPE IS BASED ON SOMETHING.  WHAT IS IT OUR HOPE
               IS BASED UPON? (JESUS' RESURRECTION. IF GOD RAISED
               JESUS, THEN HE CAN RAISE YOU TOO.)


     F. READ v. 4.  CONSIDER THIS NEXT PARALLEL. PETER SAYS THAT
OUR NEW BIRTH INTO A LIVING HOPE IS AN  "INHERITANCE."  
          1. IF YOU INHERIT SOMETHING, WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU
          HAVE FOR THAT?  
          2. WHAT CHOICE DO YOU HAVE WHETHER YOU INHERIT SOMETHING?
     (VINES AND MARSHALL BOTH SAY THAT THE WORD TRANSLATED
"INHERITANCE" (KLERONOMIA--KLAY-RON-ON-EE-AH) REFERS NOT SO MUCH TO
GETTING SOMETHING BY CHANCE AFTER SOMEONE HAS DIED, AS SOMETHING
THAT A PARENT OWNS THAT A CHILD HAS A LEGAL RIGHT TO HAVE WHEN THE
PARENT DIES.  A GOOD EXAMPLE BEING THE BIRTHRIGHT.)

          3. NOTE THE LINKAGE--THAT WE HAVE A NEW BIRTH AND THAT
NEW BIRTH THEN MEANS THAT WE GET TO INHERIT SOMETHING FROM THE
FAMILY--THE IDEA IS THAT BECOME CO-HEIRS WITH CHRIST. SONS OF GOD
(ROM.8:15-17, BUT NOTE THAT IT SAYS WE ARE HEIRS IF WE SHARE IN HIS
SUFFERING WE SHARE IN HIS GLORY.)

     G. HAVE YOU HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING AWAY FROM YOUR PARENTS
HOME OR THE THINGS YOU HAD AT YOUR PARENTS HOME FOR A FEW YEARS? 
ANYONE?
          1. WHEN YOU SAW THE HOME OR YOUR OLD THINGS AGAIN, DID
ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR IMPRESS YOU? (I REMEMBER THINGS BIGGER OR
BETTER THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE.)

          2. WHAT DOES PETER SAY ABOUT OUR INHERITANCE FROM GOD IN
v. 4? (THAT IT WILL NOT DETERIORATE.  THAT IT IS THERE AND IT IS
NOT GOING ANYPLACE.)

     H. HAVE YOU EVER ENVIED SOMEONE BECAUSE OF THE FAMILY WEALTH? 
EVER WISH THAT YOU WERE A KENNEDY OR A ROCKEFELLER BECAUSE YOUR
WEALTH WOULD BE SECURE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? (THAT IS THE
OFFER HERE.  YOU CAN BE CERTAIN OF YOUR WEALTH, YOUR INHERITANCE.
YOU MAY BE AN ALIEN HERE, BUT YOU CAN BE SURE OF YOUR INHERITANCE.)

     I. READ v. 5. DOES IT SOUND LIKE GOD'S SALVATION IS READY FOR
YOU NOW? (IT SEEMS THAT IT IS READY NOW, BUT WILL BE REVEALED IN
THE END OF TIME.)

     J. WE KNOW THAT THE REWARD ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE, BUT THAT
WOULD NOT BE MUCH COMFORT IF WE WOULD NOT BE AROUND TO GET IT. 
WHAT IS OUR ASSURANCE THAT WE WILL HAVE IT?  THAT WE WILL BE
AROUND? ("THROUGH FAITH ARE SHIELDED BY GOD'S POWER")
          1. IS FAITH SOMETHING THAT WE DO?
          2. IS IT OUR ACHIEVEMENT? (NO. IT IS TRUST IN GOD'S 
          WORKS.)

     K. SO FURTHER FOLLOWING UP ON LAST WEEK'S DISCUSSION, DO WORKS
HAVE ANY PLACE IN OUR SALVATION?  DO THEY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH
SALVATION? (JUST A PEEK AHEAD. v.7 SAYS THAT TRIALS SHOW THAT OUR
FAITH IS GENUINE.  SEE JAMES 2:18-20.  THERE IS GENUINE FAITH AND
FAKE FAITH.  IF YOU HAVE THE REAL THING, THEN YOU WILL HAVE DEEDS. 
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REAL THING, THEN IT DOES YOU NO GOOD.  AND
TO HAVE THE FAKE FAITH IS WORSE THAN HAVING NONE AT ALL BECAUSE YOU
THINK THAT YOU HAVE SOMETHING.)

     L. LAST, PLEASE READ IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY, THE FIRST PARA
IN WEDNESDAY'S LESSON ABOUT THE ANGEL WHO GUARDS US.  THIS IS A
GREAT IDEA AND MAY BE OF COMFORT TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR VERY
OWN ANGEL WHO LOOKS AFTER YOU.

III. NEXT WEEK: OUR STUDY WILL BE VERSES 6-12 OF 1 PETER 1.
ND MAY BE OF COMFORT TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR VERY OWN ANGEL WHO LOOKS AFTER YOU. III. NEXT WEEK: OUR STUDY WILL BE VERSES 6-12 OF 1 PETER 1.