|What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice|
Msg #2121 Peter's “Who To” and “How To”
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Six years after the Apostle Peter pens his first epistle to suffering, persecuted, misjudged and mistreated “strangers and pilgrims”, he takes up his pen and writes again, “Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me” (2Pet 1:14). Paul and Peter both foresee the upcoming apostasy wherein their lives and the professing church will end. Fight off apostasy. Peter's first sentence keenly addresses the “who to” and the “how to.”
“To them that have obtained like precious faith with us” is the “who to.” A deacon once confided, “I never had a head on collision with God, I just always believed and after I believed more and more, I eventually became a Christian.” And another, “I can't really tell you a time and place that I got saved, I just believed God.”
Don't stone me for saying this, but you are not saved by what you believe; you are not saved by faith; … you are saved by GRACE through faith (Eph 2:8-9). Salvation is a transaction; a new birth has a time, and a place, and a transformation called conversion. (Psalms 19:7, Matt 18: 3, Acts 3:19, 20:21, James 5:19-20). “Are you married?”
“I think so,... I hope so,... I believe so”... No. No. No. There was a time and a place where we exchanged vows, we have witnesses, and she is still with me! Are you saved? Are you of like precious faith with Peter? There was a time and place (Rom 10:9-10,13). Don't make one up, nail one down!
Peter's “how to” for grace and peace multiplied is, “through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.... All things that pertain unto life and godliness,” come through the knowledge of him! (2Pet 1:2-3).
An Essay for week #21 - May 23, 2021
Msg in audio at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/audio/gs210523.mp3
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