Yes! You Can!

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1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims [aliens along side; to make oneself at home along side] of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.


The letter of 1 Peter is intended to be a letter of encouragement to struggling Christians. Imagine yourself going through a painful ordeal (emotionally, physically, spiritually).

Clean Up Your Act

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bible 7 editedAfter discussing with the Corinthians the notion that one who is a Christian cannot be in communion with sin or sinners anymore than righteousness can have fellowship with lawlessness, or light with darkness, or Christ with Satan, or the temple of God with the temple of idols, Paul strongly encourages the Christians there to Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17). Not only does Paul use the filthiness or the defilement that comes from sin as a motivation, he shows them the promises of God that accompany such a detachment from sin: "As God has said: 'I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people'" (2 Corinthians 6:16). And then, "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:18). What wonderful promises and what amazing motivation to separate ourselves from the defilement of sin! In context, the "unbelievers" from which he commands the Corinthians to be separate are the false teachers who had come in among them. He calls false teachers "unbelievers", even though they believed in Jesus.

No Gonggoosmosing

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Bible 19 EditedDo you know what gonggoosmos is? It's what people do when the preacher starts talking about Greek words. In Philippians 2:14 Paul says, do all things without gonggoosmos (murmuring).

Don't Receive the Grace of God in Vain

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2 Corinthians 5:16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 6:1 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

I was working on this passage for a class I am teaching and what it says stood out so strongly to me so, I thought I would walk through it with you. It starts out with Paul saying, "We are Christians and as such our world-view is spiritual, not worldly or carnal." It would be easy to stop here and preach about what all that involves, about how our lives should be different because of what we believe about what God has done and is doing and will do. But we will have to save that for another day.

Paul confesses that he used to have a carnal or fleshly world view. His understanding of the Old Testament was skewed and as a result