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This week we continue our series titled “Standing firm under stress” the messages will come from Peter’s first epistle.

Peter knew what it meant to be under pressure, and he wrote to people who were under the pressure of persecution. 

His book speaks to the personal needs of God’s people today.

Today we are talking about The Salvation of Souls

The Salvation of Souls

Text

1 Peter 1:9(AMP)

9 receiving as the result [the outcome, the consummation] of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Scripture Reading.

1 Peter 1:9-12 (AMP)

9 receiving as the result [the outcome, the consummation] of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Regarding this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace [of God] that was intended for you, searched carefully and inquired [about this future way of salvation], 

11 seeking to find out what person or what time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He foretold the sufferings of Christ and the glories [destined] to follow. 

12 It was revealed to them that their services [their prophecies regarding grace] were not [meant] for themselves and their time, but for you, in these things [the death, resurrection, and glorification of Jesus Christ] which have now been told to you by those who preached the gospel to you by the [power of the] Holy Spirit [who was] sent from heaven. Into these things even the angels long to look.

Introduction 

Salvation is the most important consideration for every person.

The very thought that our faith will “result in praise, glory, and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed” fills us “with an inexpressible and glorious joy”

That’s in 1 Peter 1:7-8 (AMP) lets read it together, 

7 so that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not even see Him now, you believe and trust in Him and you greatly rejoice and delight with inexpressible and glorious joy, 

The goal of our faith, it’s wonderful consummation, will be the ultimate salvation of our souls, verse 9 makes that clear.

Salvation is also important to God.

The salvation of souls was planned in God’s heart before the foundation of he world.

He determined that humans would be created in His spiritual image, eternal souls who would have freedom of choice.

He elected to provide a Saviour, Jesus Christ, who would live, die, and rise again.

Jesus is an adequate Saviour .

God also elected that everyone who trusts in Jesus as the Son of God will be sanctified by His Holy Spirit, redeemed by the blood of Christ and “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

  1. The salvation of souls was the subject of the Old Testament searching and revelation.

Look at 1 Peter 1:10-12 (AMP)

10 Regarding this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace [of God] that was intended for you, searched carefully and inquired [about this future way of salvation], 

11 seeking to find out what person or what time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He foretold the sufferings of Christ and the glories [destined] to follow. 

12 It was revealed to them that their services [their prophecies regarding grace] were not [meant] for themselves and their time, but for you, in these things [the death, resurrection, and glorification of Jesus Christ] which have now been told to you by those who preached the gospel to you by the [power of the] Holy Spirit [who was] sent from heaven. Into these things even the angels long to look.

The Old Testament prophets prophesied under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

A. Content of the revelation.

  1. What did they reveal?
  1. That the Christ would suffer.
  2. That the christ would be glorified.
  3. That the Gentiles would be saved.

2. Where did Peter get his sermon?

He was present in the upper room when Jesus, just risen from the dead, preached it to the disciples in Luke 24:44-48 (AMP)

44 Then He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you, everything which has been written about Me in the Law of Moses and the [writings of the] Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 

45 Then He opened their minds to [help them] understand the Scriptures, 

46 and said, “And so it is written, that the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 

47 and that repentance [necessary] for forgiveness of sins would be preached in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 

48 You are witnesses of these things.

3. What are the passages Jesus must have used?

  1. That the Christ would suffer, Psalm 22, Isaiah 52:13 through to 53:12

b. That the Christ would be glorified, Psalm 110, Isaiah 9:6-7.

C. That the Gentiles would be saved, Genesis 12:1-3, Psalm 47, Psalm 67.

B. The nature of the revelation.

  1. The prophets searched diligently.

1 Peter 1:10(AMP)

10 Regarding this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace [of God] that was intended for you, searched carefully and inquired [about this future way of salvation],

 

2. They were aware that while speaking to their own generation, they were also speaking for later generations, and that while speaking to their own people, they were also speaking to the Gentiles (verse 12)

3. The details as to the times and exact condition of the times were not revealed to them, verse 11 makes that clear.

The Old Testament prophets did not seem to distinguish between the first and second advents of the Messiah with a gospel age in between.

4. They must have had in mind a near fulfilment, which in many instances is now not clear to us.

God had in mind a larger meaning.

For example, Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 7:14-17 must have had an immediate reference to Ahaz.

Isaiah 7:14-17 (AMP)

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the [a]virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us). 

15 He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to refuse evil and choose good. 

16 For before the child will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land (Canaan) whose two kings you dread will be deserted [both Ephraim and Aram].

Trials to Come for Judah

17 The Lord will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim (the ten northern tribes) separated from Judah—[He will call for] the king of Assyria.”

God had in mind a fulfilment with reference to Jesus that was not in Isaiah’s mind.

As Matthew explained in Matthew 1:22-23 (AMP)

22 All this happened in order to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through the prophet [Isaiah]: 

23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel”—which, when translated, means, “God with us.”

The point is not that events fulfilled what the prophet said, but they fulfilled what God had said through the prophet.

2. The salvation of souls is the subject of New Testament preaching.

1 Peter 1:12 (AMP)

12 It was revealed to them that their services [their prophecies regarding grace] were not [meant] for themselves and their time, but for you, in these things [the death, resurrection, and glorification of Jesus Christ] which have now been told to you by those who preached the gospel to you by the [power of the] Holy Spirit [who was] sent from heaven. Into these things even the angels long to look.

A. God uses certain people to preach the gospel just as in times past He used certain people to prophesy.

B. The holy Spirit assists preachers as they proclaim the message just as He assisted the prophets.

C. The message of the prophets and the message of preachers is the same, the suffering and the glory of Christ.

D. The purpose of both prophecies and preaching is the salvation of souls.

3. The salvation of souls is the subject of angelic inquiry.

Again let’s look at 1 Peter 1:12 at the end it says “Into these things even the angels long to look.”

According to Peter, angels are interested in God’s plan.

Note Paul’s affirmation of angelic interest in 1 Corinthians 4:9 (AMP)

9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles at the end of the line, like men sentenced to death [and paraded as prisoners in a procession], because we have become a spectacle to the world [a show in the world’s amphitheater], both to angels and to men.

And 1 Timothy 3:16 (AMP)

16 And great, we confess, is the mystery [the hidden truth] of godliness:

He (Jesus Christ) who was revealed in human flesh,

Was justified and vindicated in the Spirit,

Seen by angels,

Preached among the nations,

Believed on in the world,

Taken up in glory.

And Jesus declared in Luke 15:10 (AMP)

10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents [that is, changes his inner self—his old way of thinking, regrets past sins, lives his life in a way that proves repentance; and seeks God’s purpose for his life].”

Conclusion.

The salvation of souls is the most important thing in the world. 

It is the object of God’s revelation, of the Holy Spirit’s work, and of the Lord’s coming.

It is the only reason for our time here on earth, to save our souls and to help save the soul of others.

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?”

Until next time

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