Sermon Notes from "In Fear of God Alone: How Blood-Bought Children Live in Exile." Sermon by Mitch Chase.
1 Peter 1:17-21.
I. Introduction: "You are to live in fear."
A. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom."
B. You should "conduct yourselves with fear."
C. There is no contradiction between fearing the LORD and the 'fear not' passages.
II. Fear the LORD in dealing with the future.
A. God is the Judge of the world.
B. "Faith without works is dead."
C. We will receive according to our works, but so will the unbeliever.
D. "The Father judges impartially."
III. Fear the LORD in considering the past.
[The "fear" here seems to be a fear of ingratitude for so great a sacrifice, and a fear of wasting our lives by living in accordance with the sins from which we have been saved.]
A. We have been redeemed from "a futile way of living."
B. To live in vanity is to waste your life.
C. "He compares [our redemption] to the Passover."
D. Christ's sacrifice was not God's Plan B, but it was "always God's plan" from before creation.
E. God operates in His timetable according to His decree.
A. "You should trust Jesus."
B. "You should live for Christ, or you will waste your life."
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