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Suffering to Answer the Call to Glory

2010-10-10 1Pt 5:10-11



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But may the God of all/every grace, who called us to His eternal glory by/in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.11 To Him be the glory and the dominion/power/kratos forever and ever (to the ages). Amen

I. To what are we Called?

Glory/dominion (life) of “The Messianic Age” in union with Christ              aei always 104 aidios unending 126  Rm 16:25
Jn 2:2 Mt 22:3 sent out his servants to call those who were called to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.8 The wedding is ready, but those who were called were not worthy. 9  go into the highways, as many as you find, call to the wedding 14 For many are called, but few are chosen. Mt 20:16  So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called <2822>, but few chosen/precious (adj)
Lk 14:24  none of those men who were called shall taste my supper. Eph 1:4Col 3:12 2Tim 2:10 1Pt 1:2 2:4,6,9 Re 17:14  called.chosen,faithful.
Rev 19:9 Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb! These are the true sayings of God
Lk 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance 1Co 1:9 called into the fellowship of His Son Rm 1: to be saints
Gal 5:13 called to liberty; do not use liberty for the flesh, but thru love serve one another. Col 3:15 called in one Body (peaceful unity)
1Th 2:12 walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 2Th 2:14  to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Heb 9:15  that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
1Tim 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life (dominon of the Age) which you were also called and have confessed
2Pt 1:10  brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and choiceness sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;   

II. We get Glory by Suffering (16x) to Please God and do His Will

(cf Mk 10:37-45 Route to Glory=suffering sacrificial service)
1Pt 1:6 now for a little while, grieved by various trials, 7  that the refining of your faith...praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
1Pt 2:20 do good and suffer...meritorious 11 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example...
1Pt 3:9  not returning evil/reviling, but blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
1Pt 4:1 arm yourselves 12 do not think fiery trial strange 13 rejoice..partake Christ's sufferings..glory is revealed, glad exceeding joy

Col 1:9 filled with knowledge of His will 10 walk worthy of the Lord=fully pleasing Him: fruitful in every good work, increasing in the knowledge of God 11 strengthened with all might, acc to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks qualified inheritance
2Cor 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory 18  see the unseen 
Heb 2:10  fitting in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 
Heb 10:36  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:  

III. God's grace is sure to produce blessings in our lives as we draw on His grace to do His will

Ac 3:21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets


A. Perfect Mt 4:21...mending their nets. He called them2Ti 3:17 the man of God may be complete(-kata),  equipped for every good work.
Gal 6:1 overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
1Th 3:10  night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?
1Cor 1:10 all speak the same thing, no divisions among you, be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment
2Cor 13:11 Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love & peace will be with you
Heb 13:21  make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus

B. Establish  2Pt 1:12  For this reason I will...remind you always of these things, tho you know & are established in the present truth
Lk 9:51 when time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 16:26  great gulf fixed,
Lk 22:32  "But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."
Rm 1:11  For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift/endowment of grace, so that you may be established----
Rm 16:25 able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation
1Th 3:2  minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,
1Th 3:12 abounding love to one another 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before God...coming of  Lord...
2Th 2:17 comfort your hearts & establish in every good word & work 3:3 Lord is faithful, who will establish you & guard from evil one
Js 5:8  You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Rev 3:2 Be watchful & strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God


C. Strengthen 1Pt 3:7 giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being co-heirs of the grace of life,  your prayers... 


D. Settle/Foundation Mt 7:25 floods came, the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock
Heb 1:10  You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, Eph 3:17 Christ dwell by faith...rooted and grounded in love
Col 1:23 if continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hopeof the gospel

Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:

  1. Why does the God of all grace not establish, strengthen, and settle (foundation) us before or during the sufferings (attacks by Satan v8-9)?
  2. Why do some think “calling” results in automatic blessing/glory when the Scriptures clearly teach otherwise?
  3. What is our normal response to things not going our way? How does knowing God and His plans for us help us be joyful in sufferings?
  4. How can you currently experience and share the four blessings Peter mentions? How do they relate to ministry and disciple-making?
  5. How worthy and “choice” are you to participate in the future festivities? Is there any chance you could miss out on them? What can you do?