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Crave the Word

Christians understand the importance of God’s word.  We have been taught the need to study and apply Scripture.  Sermons have been dedicated to teaching these essential truths.  What I found interesting about 1 Peter was the call not to study and apply scripture, but to crave and long for Scripture.

As I thought about the need to crave Scripture, I was reminded about this theme throughout the Bible.  The Bible records for us numerous accounts of the people of God loving Scripture.  Psalm 119, the longest “chapter” in the Bible, is all dedicated to the joy of the Law of God.  The righteous person is one who meditates and delights in God’s word.

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Angels Longing to Look

I was reading through 1 Peter this week and took pause in 1:12.  I have read the verse on several occasions but for some reason hadn’t looked at the last clause in that verse very carefully.  It says, “things in which angels long to look.”

The “things” in this verse refer back to the salvation and how the prophets of old desired to know when and who would procure this salvation.  The angels wanted to know more about this.  In fact they “longed” to see, how salvation would happen.  The word long is translated “lust” elsewhere in 1 Peter and carries the idea of an intense desire.  The word “look” is not the most often used Greek word for look, but rather is a word that has the idea of peaking ones head over a boundary to see what is on the other side.  These angels wanted to know all that they could about the salvation process.  What is so striking about this is that the salvation process that angels are “longing to see” doesn’t effect them directly.  They will never experience the joy this salvation offers personally, but they desire to see how God is saving mankind.

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Grace Abuse

The greatest gifts of God can also be the most abused.  God has granted man many wonderful gifts.  Great and awesome blessings that are to our benefit.  However, many times we take that which God has given us as a blessing and turned it into a curse.

Such is the case with grace.  In Romans 6, Paul brings up two questions concerning his teaching about God’s grace.  These questions are designed to answer would be abuses to his teaching.  The first question is “should we continue in sin that grace may abound?”  The second asked, “Shall we sin because we are not under law, but under grace ?”  In both we see a common abuse of grace.  That common abuse of grace is to use grace as an excuse to sin.

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Boast in Suffering

Boast in suffering.  That is what Paul tells us to do.  Boast in suffering.  It seems crazy.  Why would someone desire to boast in suffering?  Suffering is not something to boast in, but rather something to worry over and to avoid at all costs.  However, there it is in my Bible, Paul telling me to boast in suffering.

So why would I boast in suffering?  I boast in suffering because of what it produces.  Paul states suffering produces perseverance.  Perseverance produces character and character produces hope.  Hope here means anticipation.  Suffering produces within Christians anticipation.  Anticipation of that day when we will fully see God’s glory.

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Learning Joy from a Homeless Man

Joy is a natural fruit produced by Christians who “walk by the Spirit.” It is there because we are confident that God has redeemed us. Joy, though, many times is a matter of perspective. One can allow the struggles of this age to diminish our joy. When this happens we need to regain our perspective. While in the midst of the storm we fail to realize that our God cares. Or we get so caught up in the here-and-now that we forget to remember and rejoice in the great blessings we have that cannot be taken from us.

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