Who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:5
Thought. Peter writes of great mercy God has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, and Although we have not seen him, we love him; and even though we do not see him now, we believe in him and receive the outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls.
Peter lived with Jesus for 3 years and had his good and bad moments, moments of failure, but Christ prayed for him stuck with him and now we can read encouragement that peter gave to his disciples. My second point is that Faith leads to right standing with God, and finally it’s this same in the end times our eternal salvation where the full promises of God are fulfilled.
1. Faith that doesn’t fail.
Jesus prayed for peter that his faith won't fail but more than that Jesus said to Peter
once you have returned strengthen your brothers
It's not that we fall but how we recover. Peter was sincere in his faithfulness, yet there was an enemy, satan that would try and separate peter from Jesus.
The tactic of the enemy is always to bring division, to separate. If he can, he will use our humanness to accuse us, making us think we are not good enough for God’s purpose.
Many things can be lost, Jesus prayed for peter that he would loose his faith.
I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me.” (Luke 22:32 NCV)
Many suffer in their lifetime a crisis of faith, things that happen to us and we have questions. However Faith grows as we mature in Christ. We have fellowship with each other to help us build each other up.
Even if our fellow Christian falls deep into sin, pray for the,, pray that their faith won't fail.
For it is by faith we have been saved trough grace. Even that's a gift from God.
How do we overcome the world through faith. If sin displeases God and faith pleases God, our primary concern has to be restoring faith, which can be a process.
Our faith can help others in times when they struggle. Paul wrote to the church in Rome.
I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you. (Romans 1:11-12 NCV)
The best I have for you is that you don't fall, but if you do remember what I did for you.
Just because you fall doesn't mean you have to stay in sin.
2. Faith produces righteousness.
In the letter of John wrote he instructed us that when we have sin, we have an advocate with the father Jesus Christ
My dear children, I write this letter to you so you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a helper in the presence of the Father—Jesus Christ, the One who does what is right. He died in our place to take away our sins, and not only our sins but the sins of all people. (1 John 2:1-2 NCV)
David the king of old fell into sin. But he knew how to cry and pray. David wrote Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me.
In the process of faith producing right standing with God, we cannot do away with the notion of repentance
Repentance is not one of simple contrition, Repentance is a change of heart
From a heart of stone to a heart of flesh, Repentance is a change of direction
It would be foolish to continue going the wrong way once we realised we had taken a wrong turn.
Repentance and faith means that come out of the control of sin.
Romans 6 says that we were slaves of sin, even if we knew we were heading in the wrong direction we had no power to change.
People are often trapped, helpless but to continue to walk a path they know is wrong.
Christ has the power to set them free.
The only way to free someone is to declare them not guilty. For someone else to take the blame and pay for the crime.
It's the spirit of the life of Christ that sets us free from the control of sin.
Paul's letter to the Romans says it like this you are 'in Christ'
So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty.
Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free from the law that brings sin and death.
By sending his Son to be an offering for sin, God used a human life to destroy sin. (Romans 8:1-3 NCV)
We are not denying that we mess up, we are confessing the truth in God word we are cleansed.
God is looking for those whose hearts have changed, not just a cover up quick sorry.
Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity. (Joel 2:13 NIV)
Without a change of heart we remain conscience of our sin.
There is a godly sorrow that leads to a change of heart, rather than sorry that I got caught.
It would be sad if the only lesson we learnt from doing wrong is not getting caught next time.
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
2 Corinthians 7:10,
Repentance leads to the clearing of conscience. As opposed to worldly sorrow which leads only to death.
A change in heart is what god promised in the new covenant. No longer conscience of your sin, no longer held back by the past.
God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance (Romans 2:4 HCSB)
And in chapter 8 Paul declares,
Rom. 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus."
Often we hear nothing but condemnation as our ears seemed to be tuned into it.
Rom. 5:1 "Being therefore declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
3. Faith for all time.
In Hebrews 11 we read of the hero’s of faith from scripture, one example is Abraham he trusted in God and it was accounted unto to him as right standing with God.
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
What Christ has forgiven us are these great and precious promise, the saints of old
died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw these promises with the eyes of faith and greeted them.
They lived their lives as if they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, because they knew God had plans for the them, a homeland they were seeking meant a place where God would be king, the same promise that Christ made to those who followed him.
Hebrews goes onto say that If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. Meaning if they had their back door open to their old lives they would have easily slipped back. But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved.
Hebrews also tells us that the work of Christ, was not like the sacrifice system
And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10
For Peter who had his good and bad moments, moments of failure, but Christ prayed for him stuck with him. After Christ had does, Peter went back fishing, Jesus met him, asked him do you love me, three times, restoring him, as he had denied him by the same. Peter was restored, his faith didn’t fail, he was made right with God, and never went back. He went onto the be a great leader, giving encouragement to many, even us today as we read the letters he gave to his disciples. Faith is essential to pleasing God and leads to right standing with God, when we repent from our old life and close the door we know God has a homeland for us where God is king in the end times, this is our eternal salvation where all the promises of God are fulfilled.