This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “From Nothing to Something”.
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We just started a new series called “From Nothing to Something”. The idea for the series comes from 1 Peter 2:10 where Peter says that once we were not a people and now we are the people of God. We have gone from nothing to something. I want to look at passages from the first two chapters of 1 Peter in this series and talk about some of the things that have moved us from nothing to something. We have talked about living hope and greatly rejoicing. Today we are going to talk about loving Jesus and the salvation of our souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
The Greek language has more than one word for love.
1. Eros: love on the physical level.
2. Phileo: “am fond of.”
3. Agape love on highest level, supremely.
The word for love in our scripture reading is agape, loving Jesus on the highest level, supremely.
Peter defines the Christian life in these verses. He is telling us what this journey from nothing to something is all about. That we are now receiving progressively the salvation of our souls as we love Jesus, believe in Him, and are filled with joy.
Peter writes that we are receiving the goal of our faith which is the salvation of our souls. That, we, are right now being saved. “Salvation,” according to the Bible, comes in three ways. The first is “justification,” then “sanctification,” and ultimately “glorification”.
Justification is a pronouncement to clear the guilty. When one is justified, he is declared right before the Lord; he is pardoned and cleared of any violation.
Romans 5:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Our justification is by faith in the work of the Son of God on the cross, his shed blood and death for forgiveness of our sins.
Sanctification is a continual process where the Holy Spirit is working in us to change us to be more like Jesus.
Colossians 3:10 (NIV)
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Glorification is the completion of our Christian life on earth, at the end of the sanctification process and occurs when we get to Heaven, either by means of death, rapture, or resurrection.
Philippians 3:21 (NIV)
21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
So we are receiving the salvation of our souls, Peter says, because we are loving Him, trusting, Him and are filled with joy by Him.
So I have 3 questions for you to consider today.
1. Do you trust Jesus?
A couple of weeks ago we talked about living hope. We can trust in the Lord because He has been faithful and trustworthy to His promises. Do you trust Him?
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2. Do you enjoy Jesus?
Last week we talked about greatly rejoicing.
Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
This life in Jesus is to be enjoyed, not endured.
John 10:10 (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
3. Do you love Jesus?
Is love mainly doing what Jesus said — so you love Jesus if you do what he said — or is it deeper and have to do with the heart and the affections?
John 14:15 (NIV)
15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.
Peter knows a lot about this. Because Jesus asked him the question three times. Remember. And how he asks it is important.
John 21:2-12 (NIV)
2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. 7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
John 21:15-17 (NIV)
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
“Do you love Me supremely” (agape) more than these? Peter says I am fond of you.
Jesus was restoring Peter by revealing to him that he was not loving Jesus supremely. While Peter was fond of Jesus, he still was easily distracted back to other things. Peter leaves this encounter loving Jesus all in which is demonstrated a few days later at Pentecost and throughout the rest of Peters life.
I encourage you, love Jesus all in!