September 23, 20130 comments
“Born Again Through the Word to Love One Another” from 1 Peter 1:22-25. You can listen to the sermon here.
The command to love one another is central to the Christian life. Jesus called his disciples to such love, and his disciples passed the command on to the church through their writings in the New Testament. But the reality is that loving others is hard; it goes against our natural bent as sinful human beings. The question, then, becomes, “How can I love others when such love is against my nature?”
In 1 Peter 1:22-25, Peter answers that question with the gospel. These verses reveal to us the power of the gospel to produce love. Because God has caused us to be born again and purified us through the gospel, we are able to love one another. The gospel enables us do what by nature we are unable to do.
Not only this, but Peter also reminds believers of the power of the gospel to persevere us in hope. He accomplishes this encouragement with a quotation from Isaiah 40, applying Isaiah’s words of comfort to the good news of Jesus Christ.
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