Steven Long
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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Rejoice! Our Salvation is Not Far Off
1 Peter 1:1-9
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
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Published July 24th, 2016; Updated January 8th, 2017
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Genitive Labeling
Color Designations
Main point summary
Passage Insights
Wisdom, Works, & Worship
Genitive Labeling
Hey guys, this is my very first go-around at labeling genitive phrases. I would REALLY appreciate any feedback or insights that I may have missed. Thanks!
Color Designations
Gold arrows = pointing back to the Head Phrase (i.e., the main phrase of the sentence) Blue arrows = subordinate phrase pointing to another subordinate phrase which is NOT the Head phrase Blue-gray arrows - Genitive phrases Gray labels - General labels of the phrase Green labels - Genitive labels
Main point summary
In the midst of all of our afflictions and trials, God has promised us that it is only temporary. We can rejoice that our salvation is not far off!
1 Peter 1:1-9
Greeting & Salutation
an apostle
of Jesus Christ,
To those who are elect exiles
of the Dispersion
in Pontus,
and Bithynia,
according to the foreknowledge
of God the Father,
in the sanctification
of the Spirit,
for obedience
Result #1
to Jesus Christ
and for sprinkling
Result #2
with his blood:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
A Near-View Perspective
Blessed be the God
and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ!
According to his great mercy,
he has caused us to be born again
to a living hope
Advantage #1
through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ
from the dead,
to an inheritance
Advantage #2
that is imperishable,
and unfading,
kept in heaven for you,
who by God’s power are being guarded
through faith
for a salvation
ready to be revealed
in the last time.
A Future Hope
In this
you rejoice,
though now for a little while,
if it is necessary,
you have been grieved
by various trials,
so that the tested genuineness ... may be found
to result
of your faith—
more precious than gold that perishes
though it is tested by fire—
in praise
and glory
and honor
at the revelation
of Jesus Christ.
A Present Reality
Though you have not seen him,
Concessive #1
you love him.
Though you do not now see him,
Concessive #2
you believe ... and rejoice
in him
with joy that is inexpressible
and filled with glory,
obtaining the outcome
of your faith,
the salvation of your souls.
Passage Insights
Besides the greeting & salutation I see the passage divided into three other sections: 1. A Near-View Perspective –– Peter is putting his audience's view into perspective. He is reminding them that they have been born again; their faith is completely grounded in the Trinitarian work of God: their election by the Father, the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, and their sins cleansed through the blood of the Son. All of this is rooted in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fact that God raised Him from the dead was proof of an eternal sacrifice and the exiles need not fear that God has abandoned them. They are now part of His covenant people because they have been "sprinkled with His blood" so that they are an obedient people. These exiles, Peter assures, are not in this pilgrimage alone. They are kept by God Himself!. What a glorious truth! He is the author, and therefore the very defender of our faith through faith in His Son. And so, all of these things point to an everlasting inheritance. This inheritance is not an earthly one, therefore it can never be destroyed. 2. A Future Hope –– Peter now commends them for their rejoicing and reminds them that their sufferings are only for "a little while." This is significant language for the fact that these trials ARE necessary. Peter is not stating that they MIGHT experience trials, as I believe is shown by the context as well as the conditional nature of the sentence. I believe he is telling them that it is necessary for the testing of their faith to reach the final outcome (cf, Acts 14:22). Their faith is of such value to God that it must undergo the same process that gold undergoes in order to remain pure (spiritually speaking). But the future hope is that our faith be fully found in Christ with praise on our lips, glory for the King of Kings, and honor-filled lives when He appears to take us to be with Him. 3. A Present Reality –– Through all of this Peter wraps up this portion with more encouraging words and exhortations for them to continue in the faith. Their rejoicing comes because they love God! They have never seen Him, nor do they seem Him during their trying times, yet they continue to hold fast to Him. This belief is the very cause of their rejoicing and what will eventually be full fruition, which Peter states will be the final salvation of their souls. I think that it is important to note here that many people may read this passage and take it to mean that the exiles' salvation comes because of their rejoicing. But it is clear that the rejoicing is produced from their faith in God and ultimately this steadfastness results in the salvation of their souls.
Wisdom, Works, & Worship
Where do I start with this one? This has probably been one of the most convicting passages for me, especially the fact that I don't rejoice in my trials like this passage suggests. There were so many things to apply but I'll try and limit them to two: 1. I (and all believers) are kept by God's power. God does not take His possessions lightly. He is not fickle, nor does He change His mind from day-to-day. If God is the one guarding my faith then I cannot be guarding my faith at the same time. That would be an oxymoron. I sometimes try to guard my own faith with my "checklist" but often feel the weight of my own sin rather than the freedom that comes through complete trust in Christ. After reading and re-reading this passage it was SO COMFORTING to know and understand that it is God Himself that keeps me. What a relief. So why do I continually fall into the trap of the infamous checklist? The only answer is because of unbelief. Looking to the cross time and time again keeps the checklist at bay and continually reminds me of Christ's righteous act in fulfilling the Law and then becoming an eternal sacrifice for my sin. 2. My troubles are only for "a little while." This is so closely related to the first application because trials are what sometimes cause me to break out my checklist. Have I offended God? Did I not do something I wasn't supposed to do?, and so on and so on. But the fact that Peter tells his audience that their suffering is (1) temporary and (2) for the benefit of their own faith is an assurance that these things are not for my harm but for my own benefit (Rom 8:28). It might all sound a little generic but honestly, that's what I took away from this passage. I hope it is an encouragement for all who stumble upon it.
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.