Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Finding Salvation by Searching God’s Word

Searching for Salvation


Our Bible Study at Open Door church began with a reading from I Peter chapter one.

I took notes as our teacher brought the message and present here a digested lesson.

1 Peter 1:10-12  Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
 
12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into.

Angels are curious and desire to know and understand about Salvation, but they will never experience redemption, for they were created in a Holy existence like onto the garden of Eden.  They worship Jesus continually and work in tandem with the Holy Spirit to protect, and often provide for believers in unseen ways.

1 Peter 1: 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct- -

The Shepherd boy David was an example.  He couldn’t see God, but he trusted in Him.  Through God’s power he killed the giant and King Saul became jealous.  Jealousy is a sin.

Have you ever lost your keys?  You diligently searched your purse, your desk, and your pockets until you found them.

The Old Testament Prophets inquired and searched for Salvation.  They knew the Messiah was promised. 
 
Isaiah chapter 53 prophesies of Christ’s suffering and the glory to follow.  Isaiah did not know about crucifixion, and wondered about a Virgin birth, a STAR over Bethlehem and Angels singing.

Wise Men searched and followed the Star until they found the child who was to bring our Salvation.

1 Peter 1:16  Because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Can we be Holy?  Peter tells us to gird up the loins of our MIND and to be SOBER.  It is important to keep our mind focused on what is pure, good and ‘lovely’ and push away all negative thinking. 
 
Determine soberly to receive Jesus and His Salvation as He is revealed to you by the Holy Spirit and by God’s Word.

Understand this is a Personal Relationship with Jesus and is not to be taken lightly with a silly attitude.

To our mind first comes temptation – so be watchful and prepared as you begin to recognize the Liar. 

The mind becomes dull when it is intoxicated, so it is best to heed the scripture to Keep Sober and be of a sound mind. 
 
Can we be HOLY?  Yes, by keeping covered by the Blood of Jesus.  The Holy spirit will bring perfect peace to those whose mind is stayed on God.

Shun Former Lusts and be Holy as He is Holy.  You are precious in His sight, and you don’t have to stay that OLD person any more.  You are different and no longer the same.

You are forgiven, so now walk in that forgiveness and walk in His ways. 
 
 

3 comments:

  1. Hi Hazel, I love the simple truth in this post. Being a Christian is a practical lifestyle, and applying the word is a thing we need to practice daily. Great scriptures and beautiful post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. A good reminder that we do have power over this flesh because of He who dwells within us. To know God is to be able to live above the instinct of fallen mankind.

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  3. He is just waiting for us to come home to Him. Love this.

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