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Pronouns Series Metaphors In Scripture Part 31


Metaphors In Scripture Pt 31


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Metaphors in Scripture

MIS 31 1 Peter 1.2 Purpose Clause
June 14, 2015
Part 31


CEV 1 Peter 1:2

to elect ones… according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, changed by sanctification of the Spirit (made holy), and changed by sprinkling of the blood ( death ( atonement)) of Jesus Christ (made clean( reconciled)), in order to get into( to be enabled and not prohibited internally or externally from) obedience, Greek for Obedience

…in order to get into( to be enabled and not prohibited internally or externally from) obedience, Greek for Obedience

Whenever Greek for Obedience obedience is alone as it is here, it also signifies the believing state of Christians. Since this state consists in obedience, we see that God’s purpose for the believer is for him to be in the state of obedience.

Greek for To Obeyverb

to obey,
to be subject to,
to respond to,
to accept,
to adhere to,
to answer (The door).

Greek for To Obey verb

The term expresses the position of man in relation to dominant moral or religious powers. In terms of religious activity it is always to be thought of within the sphere which receives the divine Word by hearing and then translates it into action. In all of Scripture, hearing has always been, and is, of greater importance than seeing.

NKJ 1 Peter 1:13-14

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;

Greek for Just as children of obedience
just as children of obedience

… upon the grace that is presently being brought to you by revelation of Jesus Christ;

NKJ Ephesians 2:2

…in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

We believers are by definition “children of obedience.”

NKJ Romans 6:16

A vertical black line Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey,

Greek for Obedienceobedience is always used in connection with faith decisions.

A. whether (obedience) of sin leading to death,

B. or of obedience (of God’s Word) leading to righteousness

Greek for Obedienceobedience is the opposite of Greek for sin sin.

Greek for Obedienceis the opposite of Greek for To hear aside, disobedience.
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Greek for To hear aside

A verb meaning “to hear aside,”

either in the sense of
(1) “to overhear;” that is, “to hear something not intended for one” or

(2) “to hear incorrectly” or

(3) “not to be willing to hear;” that is, “to be disobedient.

Greek for To hear aside

In the NT it always means the sense (3), “bad hearing” in consequence of unwillingness to hear, and therefore in the guilty sense of disobedience which does not and will not proceed to the action by which hearing becomes genuine hearing.

Greek for Obedienceis filled out positively as the obedience to Greek for The truththe truth.

NKJ 1 Peter 1:22
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
Since you have purified your souls in by obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
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Implication: 1 Peter 1:2

God’s foreknowledge of a person’s salvation, sanctification and cleansing is not that God knew who would be personally perceptive as to be inclined on their own to decide to follow Jesus and become obedient to the Lord; but the prior knowledge is that He would provide the means necessary for His elect to accomplish the purposes of His plans, by means of the grace bearing Word of revelation and strength of God.

The hearing of man represents action corresponding to the revelation of the Word, and in biblical faith, hearing is the essential form in which divine revelation is appropriated.

In the ancient Greek mystery religions and oriental Gnosticism, a great stress is placed on the fact that man apprehends God by seeing over hearing.

At the point when the true mystery is claimed to be achieved, the reference is to vision, access and worship, with no reference to the fact that the devotee has heard a verbal revelation.

In the OT and in Judaism, the emphasis is different. Here we find a religion of the Word which is either heard or is to be heard.

Even with the most dramatic event of Moses, the same tradition that tells us that he saw the face of God, and that God talked with him “face to face;” that is even toned down to the idea that Moses could really only see His back.

In fact, when there are accounts of seeing God, they simply provide the setting for the revelation of the Word.

When God appears, it is for the sake of revealing His Word to His prophets in order to cause Himself to be heard through them by many, either directly or indirectly.

Even in the most dramatic of events: there is the message of the nativity, the voice at the baptism, the voice at the transfiguration, and at the vision of Paul; even at the visions of the Apocalypse, John is required to write down what he saw in order that God’s Word might be heard as a message.

The only marks to distinguish true hearing from purely physical hearing, are faith and action.

It is the obedience which consists in faith, and the faith which consists in obedience.


Many will be surprised on the Day of Judgment when they discover that it was just as the Word of God says; only the righteousness of Christ is able to save you.All men are sinners and no one can save himself. God is just, so He must punish sin; but He is also merciful, moreover gracious, and offers His Son as the perfect sacrifice in order to purchase a place for you in heaven, which He offers to you as the free gift of eternal life.

Jesus is God Incarnate,

In order to pay the debt of our sins, He came from Heaven, having been sent by the Father, where He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father even unto the shameful death upon the cross in order to pay the debt of your sins.This gift must be received by faith, believing that Jesus’ perfect life and Cross Work was His complete and necessary Atonement for your sins, in your behalf. Faith is a gift that comes by the Power of God the Holy Spirit working in a person’s innermost being. Only the power of God can open your heart to the willingness to have the void within it filled with the presence of Christ by His Spirit.The Holy Spirit has the authority and power to quicken your dead spirit, to make it come to life. Only the life of His Spirit’s quickening of your heart will allow the Gospel message of salvation to even make sense to you, to truly “hear” the message and give you the ability, as the Holy Spirit bears witness to Jesus, to recognize your need for forgiveness and restoration, and gain the desire of your heart to be favorably inclined to want to receive Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.If you have not done so before this moment, ask Jesus to forgive you your sins, tell Him you’ve stop trying to be your own savior, and ask Him to come into your life right now, and to give you eternal life. Then, in faith believing, thank Him for the gift that He is giving you, the one He paid for in full in your place, in Jesus’ name,


Copyright June, 2015
Rev. Jim Craig
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