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Living Word

. 2 min read

29-30
Apr 2017, Christ Mountain Top, Easter 3
Psalm
116 (call to worship)
Luke
24.13-35 (children)
1
Peter 1.10-25 (message)
Rich
fare!
      Last week:
            Building anticipation and surprise
of grace
            Hope in the midst of pain
            “Living hope”, do not see but love
and believe
      Link to today’s text, v 13, “Therefore”
Therefore
– based on being “born again to a living hope” – SET YOUR HOPE (the imperative
in the passage). Participles are “preparing mind for action” and “gird up your
loins”. Both reflection and action are part of setting our hope.
      Implications of Easter/resurrection
1
Peter 1:11
 the sufferings
destined for Christ and the subsequent glory.
1
Peter 1:21
 Through him you have
come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that
your faith and hope are set on God.
The
message of prophets: who God is has direct implications for who we are!
Judge
– purified people
Impartial
– genuine mutual love
Holy
God – holy people
Good
news – hopeful people
Focus
theme: “Living Word”

Bookend
this section with the Word of God
      Not a focus on the written word alone
      But on the spoken word of prophets
      The living word that transforms lives
      “the letter kills but the Spirit gives
life” (2 Cor 3.6)
LIVING
Word of God: either
      Word made flesh (Jesus)
      Word animated by Spirit (just as it is
inspired by the Spirit, it is to be heard through the Spirit, 1 Cor 2.13, 2 Tm
3.16).
      That is, it is not stuck on a page but
coming to life
Prophets
      Get your secret decoder ring from a box of
Cracker Jack?
      But no – announced clearly as good news!
            – revealed (2x in passage), not
hidden
“This
is the word that was preached to you” (1.25, NIV)
      The good news – gospel
      The living word – Jesus
      The imperishable seed that gives us new
birth
            “The seed is the word” (Luke 8.11)
Beginnings
and Ends
1.    
Born again by a living word (new life, new creation)
2.    
Set our hope by the prophetic message (focus, direction).
Twice in this passage refers to Jesus’ “destiny”.
Words
that give life (new birth/beginnings):
      “She said I’m cute” (Rudolph)
      “As you wish” (Farm boy)
      “Let there be light” (Gn 1.3)
      “The Word became flesh” (Jn 1.14)
New
birth is new creation
Words
that focus and direct (set your hope/ends):
      “God made me fast, and when I run I feel
his pleasure” Eric Liddel
      “I just want to start”
      Becoming an aerospace engineer – Erik
      Becoming a pilot – Surad
      “Be holy”
      “Genuine mutual love”
  
Resource:

New Interpreter’s Bible
Commentary
on 1 Peter, by David L. Bartlett