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Reverent Fear

Open your Bibles to
1 Peter 1:17-21
As you find your place to take a moment to remind you a few things
1. Peter is writing to people who are hurting and suffering, he is writing to individuals who are being ridiculed and persecuted because they live for Jesus Christ. Remember during this point in history the believers were being savagely persecuted so much that they had to flee for the life leaving behind everything they knew. So, Peter wanted to take this opportunity to write them a letter to encourage them to carry on their faith.
2. He opened his letter was a message of hope. Reminding them that……..
· They are God’s chosen people
· covered in the blood of Jesus
· strangers passing by
3. he then reminds them to keep their eyes focus on the salvation of their souls in order that they may find hope in their persecution because of who they are in Jesus
4. if you remember last week Peter transitions from the idea of just grasping the hope to action
5. he reminds the readers that not only are they to focus on the hope that they have in Jesus but they must prepare their mind
· he starts off by telling them to gird up the loins of reminds in order that they can remain obedient to the walk with God
· he then moved to holiness urging them to focus on the fact that they should strive to remain pure, righteous and sinless as God is
this morning he takes the chance to remind the readers that if they are going to live through suffering and persecution they must give their life to God.
1 Peter 1:17–21 NASB95
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; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 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.
Introduction
The idea in these verses is simple….
If a man fears God, he will be able to stand against the temptation of this world and endure the trials of life.
The problem is though the psychologically we try to program ourselves to stay away from fear
Most people don’t like to even talk about Fear
And sadly because of this most preachers shy away from ever preaching on the subject
However, scripture encourages us as believers to develop a healthy fear of God
Having a reverent Fear of God is a good thing
the Bible describes the fear of God in two ways
1. in one sense, the fear God means to hold him in fear, dread, terror.
2. In the other sense, it means to
· hold him in awe and reverence
· His holiness,
· His power,
· His knowledge,
· His wisdom,
· His judgment,
· and His wrath
another word scripture encourages us as believers reverence God and hold God in the highest esteem and honor.
The reason we should do this is summed up really in verse 17 notice how it says “if you call”
in other words Peter say and only if a man reverent is God only worship and serve God the way he should.
As believers we should have a fair reverent and all
we should have a fear that stir us up to love God with the deepest of our emotions
a fear that causes us to honor him and esteem him
however, if a man fails to reverence a lower God, then he must fear the judgment and wrath of God
that is the subject of the passages we just read
Peter tells us we are to live on earth and reverence and fear to God
1. first of all because as believers we call him father
2. secondly because he will judge the world
3. thirdly because we are strangers and pilgrims on earth
4. also because we have been redeemed
5. and will wrap it up with the fact that we should be and reverence at all of God because he raised up Christ in order that we may be saved
so the first reason Peter gives that we should relive and reverence in all God
is

Because we call him father

think about children are born with a natural tendency to have reverence towards her father
in fact, if you look up the word reverence the definition is to hold one’s father in the highest esteem and honor and respect him.
A child who honors and respects his father will stop at nothing to try to please his father
if we do this for our earthly fathers how much more should we do this for our heavenly father
after all scripture uses these words to describe how great of a father he is
Matthew 7:11 NASB95
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
who has adopted us as his children to the Lord Jesus Christ
so Peter’s point is because we call him father and we love him ….
· we should honor and respect him
· we should hold him in the highest of esteem
· and we should strive to please not bring pain to his heart
really I think if you Soma verse 17 what Peter is saying is that if you love God the father can stay true to
he is saying if you love God the father and stand up against all trials and persecutions
stand up against temptations
stand up against the evils of this life
and call upon your father for help and strength
and most importantly show reverence and honor to him by living for Him
Peter continues by telling us that as believers we should have reverence towards God

Because he shall judge the world

as believers we should have a reverent fear and all of God because we know that he has saved us from the consequences of our sin.
Revelation makes it very clear that the judgment God will strike fear and dread in the eyes of all
in fact I would argue that the human mind cannot even begin to picture how awful and frightening the final judgment will be when all those who do not believe in God or cut off for eternity
there are three things that we know about the judgment of God from Scriptures
1. no one is going to escape judgment. Every single person one day stand before God and be judged.
2. The other thing we know about the day of judgment is we will stand before God and he will judge us based on our works.
This is not to say the worst gets us to heaven but our works will reveal whether we truly trusted in Christ are if we only said that we trusted in Christ.
A person is saved by faith in Christ.
But it is their faith in Christ that drives him to continue living for Christ
in other words a man who is truly saved will live for Christ
it’s simple church a person who really believes will follow his beliefs one who does not just utters words
3. the third thing that we know about the date of judgment is God is not a partial judge
· he has no favorites
· it didn’t matter where you come from
· how rich you are or how poor your
· no one will be shown favoritism
Peter, Paul, Martin Luther, Billy Graham, George Washington, Genghis Khan, Hitler, and every other human being who is ever lived will be judged on equal basis
2 Corinthians 5:10 NASB95
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
2 cor. 5:10
Peter then reminds his readers that they should have reverence for God

Because they are just sojourners on earth

The word sojourners means to do alongside, or be passing by.
The idea of this is a pilgrim or stranger who is in a foreign country and is only dwelling there for a brief period of time.
In other words Peter is telling us because we believe in Jesus and have put our faith in him earth is not our permanent residence.
He reminds us that we are only passing through earth to get to a better world.
Here’s the thing about being a pilgrim in a foreign land
where does your heart stay?
on home.
As believers we are to fix our thoughts on heaven realizing there we will find our permanent home.
Hebrews 11:13–16 NASB95
All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
Heb. 11:13-16
Next Peter reminds us that we are to have reverence for God

Because we have been redeemed

What does it mean to be redeemed?
It means that we have been ransom
it means that there has been a significant price paid for our life.
There’s three significant things about redemption that stand out to me
1. we need to be redeemed
in order to be set free in order to get to heaven we have to be set free
1 Peter 1:18 NASB95
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
notive vs 18
The world teaches us to focus upon positions and pleasures
· it teaches us to focus on….
Jobs
Money
Housing
Enjoyment
Ease
Investment
Fame
Comfort
and the list goes on and on
but here’s the problem these things do not satisfy the human heart. Yes we must have the basics in order to sustain life the physical and material things do not satisfy this. It is only by living in the presence of God that we can find fulfillment..
In order to get there we have to be set free
that is what was accomplished through the blood of Jesus
and that alone should cause us to have a reverent fear of God
this should cause us to live in all God
because here’s the thing redemption did not cost us a penny. Scripture tells us we were not redeemed by silver or gold.
Why because those things are corruptible.
Money passes
silver fades
so here’s the thing if we could use our money if we could use our works or anything else the bar redemption when it deteriorated or passed away our ransom and would no longer exist.
And because of that we would no longer be acceptable to God.
God is eternal so therefore we cannot be ransom with things that deteriorate or become corruptible.
Eternity is a long time so therefore we have to have a ransom that will last an eternity.
And of the funny thing about silver and gold is that it is probably one of the most precious things on this earth
but even if a man had all the silver and gold the world he could not by his redemption as it would run out our fade away.
Yet were surrounded by people who try to bother way into heaven
It is because of the fact that there’s no way that you and I could ever pay for our salvation God sent his son Jesus to die on the cross.
It is his blood that we are redeemed by.
He can pay that eternal debt because he was a lamb without blemish
when he came to this earth, he never sinned, he never transgressed, he stands before God perfect and righteous
therefore when he died he was able to take all of our guilt and all of our judgment and pay the price
and because he was perfect it will never fade away or cancel out.
This should cause us to stand in all of God when we realize the Scripture tells us the blood of Christ was foreordained
in other words he saw us for all that we are and paid the price anyways.
Because he loves us that much
Lastly in verse 21 Peter tells us that we should live in reverence to God because we believe

Because he is raised and glorified Christ.

For believers this means two glorious things.
1. If God raised up across he will also raise us up
2. God glorifies Christ he will also glorify us
we do not have to wonder whether God can raise us or glorifies as he is already proven that he can by raising Jesus from the death.
You see the resurrection of Jesus proves that God was perfectly please with him and accepted his blood for payment of our sin.
Therefore all who believe in Jesus
all who really trust and honor him enough to cast their whole life upon him
can rest assured that they will be accepted.
And that God will raise them from the death.
We can find assurance in the fact that he has proven His omniscience and omnipotence
2 Corinthians 4:14 NASB95
knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.

Do you have a reverent fear of God?

One day all shall stand before the judgment seat of God
Which side of the line will you stand on?
Will you live in the dreaded fear of judgment or will you stan in Awe of all that he has done for you in reverent fear
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