Occasion Sunday Worship 2nd March 2014
Introduction: Will God be glorified by the militant atheist who spent his life blaspheming the name of Christ and mocking the idea of God? What about in the lives of the most evil dictators who have ever ruled on the earth? What about those who have been involved in the slave trade or genocide? How can God possibly be glorified in the lives of these people? Can God be glorified in the existence of Satan and his demons?
Text: 1 Peter 2:6-12
Purpose: Peter continues His emphasis on objects of true value, presenting Christ’s glory, so we will humbly praise Him and walk in holiness.
Proposition: God wants me to understand the magnitude of His grace in my salvation, so I will humbly praise Him and walk in holiness.
Interrogative: What truths will motivate me to humbly praise God and walk in holiness?
Doctrine 1: God will be glorified when He judges the wicked: 2:7-8 To those who are disobedient…they stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
Ezekiel 33:11 As I live,’ says the Lord GOD,`I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
Psalm 7:11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.
Job 31:2-3 What is the allotment of God from above, and the inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is it not destruction for the wicked, and disaster for the workers of iniquity?
Job 21:30 The wicked are reserved for the day of doom; they shall be brought out on the day of wrath.
- God’s grace is exalted in His kindness and patience toward the wicked
- God’s love is exalted in His kindness and patience toward the wicked
Romans 2:4-5 Do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? You are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
- God’s wisdom is exalted in His temporary preservation of the wicked Matthew 13 Wheat and the Tares (God preserve the wicked to demonstrate saving brace toward His children.)
- God’s sovereignty is exalted in His use of the wicked in His sovereign purposes (Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon, Abraham, Jacob, Rehab, Pharaoh)
Romans 9:17-23 To Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens…What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,
Romans 11:15-36 If their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? Blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in…so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
- God’s justice is exalted in His destruction of the wicked
Psalm 73:3-17 I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…there are no pangs in their death, but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men, nor are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment. Their eyes bulge with abundance; they have more than heart could wish. When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me–Until I understood their end.
Doctrine 2: God will be glorified when He rescues His saints: 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
Romans 5:10 When we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.
1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
Ephesians 2:1-5 You were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath…but God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
- We were all wicked before we were declared righteous
- Christ’s death on the cross atoned for our sins, fully satisfying the legal demands of God’s righteous anger toward us, as an expression of His love and grace while we were His enemies.
- He pursued us in while we were His enemies.
- He orchestrated events in our lives to bring us to faith in His Son.
- He is perfecting holiness in us.
- He is proclaiming His grace through us.
- He is our inheritance.
Doctrine 3: The only right response to these truths is humble praise and holy living: 2:9-12 That you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
- We should never be proud, self-righteous, or condescending when we think about these truths.
- Salvation is all of God and all of grace.
- We must humbly proclaim His praises through the preaching of the gospel.
- We must walk in holiness so the word is not blasphemed as we present it.
Conclusion: A few thoughts for us to ponder.
- Have I lost sight of the grace I have received?
- Have I been lazy in pursuit of a holy walk?
- Have I been proud of my position in Christ?
- Have I been discouraged at the prosperity of the wicked?
- Have I had a condescending attitude toward those around me?
- Have I doubted God’s goodness toward me?
- Have I failed to proclaim His glorious praises in the gospel?
- Then I must again remember the grace, wisdom, and love of God. Remembering and expressing with my lips and life gratitude for this grace.
- May God graciously open our eyes to the significance of these truths and cause us to walk in humble praise and holiness!