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Living the Hope … with Fear

March 22, 2014

Elect exiles living the hope17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:17-21 ESV

Examples of a too-small god? 

From the JB Philips classic, Your God is Too Small (1952):

  • Resident Policeman
  • Parental Hangover
  • Grand Old Man
  • Meek-and-Mild
  • Absolute Perfection
  • Heavenly Bosom
  • God-in-a-Box
  • Managing Director
  • Second-hand God
  • Perennial Grievance
  • Pale Galilean

What does it mean to “Conduct yourself in (or with) fear” (1 Peter 1:17 ESV)?

  • If you pray to a Father who judges men by their actions without the slightest favouritism, then you should spend the time of your stay here on earth with reverent fear. PHILLIPS
  • And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. KJV
  • Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. NIV
  • If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth. NASB

Four Key Words (1 Peter 1:13-21)

  • Sober: nēphō [G3525] sober in spirit, temperate, dispassionate, circumspect
  • Holy: hagios [G40] Set apart; pure; properly revered as having been set apart
  • Fear: phobos [G5401] fear, terror, and also, respect/respectfulness
  • Ransomed: lytroō [G3084] Redeemed by payment; liberated

Compare and match these words to: both Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27

  • Heart
  • Soul/Spirit
  • Mind
  • Strength

Of these four, which is the most challenging? Which spiritual disciplines (prayer, confession, Bible study, fellowship with other Christians, worship, etc.) address most closely each of the these?

  • Heart
  • Soul/Spirit
  • Mind
  • Strength

Re-evangelizing ourselves:Re-evangelizing Ourselves

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