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1 Peter – Hope to the End 1 Peter 1:13b

28 Mar

Scripture Text

1 Peter 1:13 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;

Introduction

Last time we heard Peter’s call “it is time to get to work”.  We discussed what our mindset and demeanor should be while working for our Lord.  It is time now to see the big picture.

Verse 13b – A Continuing Action

Peter told us first to be calm and temperate; “hoping to the end” is a tool we use to keep calm.  Think about it; if we are struck with bad news then “hope to the end” is one of our defenses.  Let’s look at an example: Suppose you are not feeling well and you go for some tests.  The test results are taking forever to come back and you are concerned.  You now have a choice to make?  Will you worry yourself to death allowing the uncertainty to affect your sleep and/or your attitude?  If that describes you then know that this is how many people react.  During times of uncertainty many will fear the worst.  The Bible is offering us a better way.  How about a prayer like this…”Father, you know I haven’t felt well and the doctors have run some tests.  I don’t know what is wrong or how long I am going to have to wait for the results but I believe that you are on the throne and in control.  Give the doctors wisdom to find the reason why I am sick and help me to be patient while they do.”  A prayer like this puts your hope and trust in God.  If we continue to pray this prayer until the end of the crisis we will have a better chance to remain calm.

The Lord’s Return

Earlier in the lesson we did a word study on the word “sober” but I have one more word I want to highlight: there is a word in this verse that we would normally skip over.  In this case the addition of the word makes for a powerful statement.  As you know the latter part of the verse refers to Christ’s return.  The word is “at”.  Sounds a bit odd I know but it is a powerful word to insert.  “At” in the Greek, used in this way, means a fixed point in time.  Jesus is coming again; we do not know when that will happen, only God knows, but the timetable is set.  As a result of us not knowing we tend to not think about it much. Even though we don’t know when the return of Jesus will be it is fixed in time; he is coming again and when he does, we are going home.

Closing Thoughts

Are we focused on seeing souls saved?  Do we guard against mood swings?  Are we using that hope in Christ to sustain us as we wait for His coming?  It’s time to go to work!

Until Night,

A Servant

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19 responses to “1 Peter – Hope to the End 1 Peter 1:13b

  1. Mark Myers

    March 28, 2014 at 7:08 am

    A good word, Servant. That’s a hard prayer to pray when facing uncertainty. The mind plays too many worst case scenario games.

     
    • A Servant

      March 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

      I agree, I wrote it, and I believe it, but I have this terrible habit of wanting to help God. Each time I do I make it harder on myself. Thanks for the note Mark.

       
  2. Levi Thetford

    March 28, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Thanks Dennis. When the rubber meets the road, as J.Vernon McGhee use to say, the only hope that we have is in Christ. We may worry ourselves sick over issues that accomplish nothing. It should drive us to Him. Have a great day!!!

     
    • A Servant

      March 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Through the bible. I enjoyed that series. I’m not a worrier but I do think I can help God sometimes. That is probably worse than worrying.
      I appreciate the comment Levi. Have a great day.

       
  3. Skye

    March 28, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Amen!!! Once again, you came through with words that touch my heart! Thank you, Dennis! 🙂

     
    • A Servant

      March 28, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Thank you Skye. Trust in times of uncertainty is a challenge. We seem to want to help God. Just because I wrote this doesn’t mean I have this under control. Each day I too am tempted to worry and each time God proves me wrong when I do.

       
      • Skye

        March 28, 2014 at 8:13 am

        Amen….I am right there with you! 🙂

         
  4. Andy Oldham

    March 28, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Dennis, this is wonderful! He is truly our hope! In my Bible I already have circled “keep sober in Spirit” and “brought to you!” Thanks for making that little word “at” so much more important as well. It is now circled 🙂

     
    • A Servant

      March 28, 2014 at 8:12 am

      I first noticed that in 2012. I can tell you this because you know… I can read something for the xxx time and still see stuff I have been missing. Thank God for His word.

       
  5. Musings

    March 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for your wonderful message. We all need hope and it helps to trust in God and that He will look after us. Thanks for reminding us the importance of hope.

     
    • A Servant

      March 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks for the note. I know saying it and truly letting go are two separate things. However God has a good track record for keeping His promises. In fact I believe it’s 100%

       
  6. Elaine

    March 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for this great piece, Dennis.

     
    • A Servant

      March 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Elaine, it’s just great to see you back in the swing again. God bless you.

       
      • Elaine

        March 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

        Thanks Dennis. Slowly catching up as my healing progresses. God bless you as well.

         
  7. SLIMJIM

    March 29, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I believe that most teaching on end times out there is more sensational than expositional; but if we teach it right, I think the focus on our eternal future and the second coming will change us presently today, in terms of our priorities and motive for obedience.

     
    • A Servant

      March 29, 2014 at 9:21 am

      First of all thank you for saying “end times” instead of eschatology. I don’t use these words for two reasons: it is a turn-off for many, and second, I never remember how to spell it. (Ok maybe it’s the first reason).
      I have seen differing beliefs on the end times create division. These things ought not to be. Studied for the purposes you have laid out is helpful.

       
  8. STACYLMONTGOMERY

    March 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Very insightful post! Difficult circumstances can shake us a bit and it is important that we stop and remember that the Lord is in control.

     
    • A Servant

      March 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      I am preparing a lesson for the Rest Home ministry on crisis times. 2 Kings 18 & 19. Hezekiah was really in trouble. He tried to think his own way out and things got worse. When he took it to The Lord the answer came. It’s a really good read if you are not familiar with the story.
      Thanks for commenting, I appreciate the support.

       

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