SHARPER THAN A SWORD

SERMONS

Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

THE ENDURING WORD – THE GOSPEL’S WORD!

1 Peter 1:22-2:10

The Apostle Peter is the author of just two of the letters that make up the body of the Doctrine of Christ. His influence; however, as an Apostle, an elder, and as a servant of Jesus Christ the Lord is felt throughout the first century.

To Christians of Hebrew descent and scattered throughout Asia Minor (pilgrims and sojourners), Peter would write concerning his understanding of the inheritance that the kingdom of God has provided. Just look at 1:3.

·         Peter was impelled (encouraged) by God’s abundant mercy!

·         He was jubilant that a child of God is begotten from the same nature of the Parent, from above!

·         And maybe above all, he was warmed in his heart concerning the living hope that he and all Christians share. Better described as a lively hope, or actively alive towards the confidence of that which will surely come to pass (already demonstrated in the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord).

 

After the foundation of hope and the great responsibility of living in the great kingdom of God, as dear children – (kingdom imperatives):

1.      Peter now describes the power which has created the knowledge of God’s mercy, begotten us as dear children, and given us this hope!

2.     Then; he shows the power in the transformation of the construction material of this great kingdom (from worthless to pure!); you and me, from darkness to light!!!  We look into this in the Next Lesson!

 

Read: 1:22-25

 

Identifying features of Purification (Born of God):

 

Purified your souls – Greek verb, ‘Hagnizo’ to purify or cleanse from defilement; here referring to the soul (the heart or center of man). 1 John 3:3

 

Tense – Have purified! Acts 2:38, and are, in demonstration of love!

ProcessObeying the Truth – Truth and God’s word are always synonymous! John 17:17

Demonstration – Love one another! 1 John 3:16-18

 

1 John 1:7, 9, 2:1 – We must share God’s attitude towards sin!

1 John 2:3-6 – We must keep His commandments!

1 John 2:8-11- We must demonstrate that we have been born of God by loving our brethren!

 

Power behind New Birth:

A Pure Seed!

Word of Truth - James 1:18

Word of the KingdomMatthew 13:19

Saving Word Romans 1:16

Enduring Word – Trust, confidence, an anchor for the purified soul – Isaiah 40:6-8. Isaiah gives hope, just like Peter in the coming of the Messiah and His kingdom.

The word of God is like the very character of God (promises too) – It will never fail in spite of men!

David said in the Spirit of God (man’s treachery Vs. God’s consistency)

Psalms 12:6-7 “The words of the Lord are pure words,
Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,
Purified seven times.
7 You shall keep them, O Lord,
You shall preserve them from this generation forever.”
 

This is the Gospel’s word 1:25

Summary – The salvation of the soul, beginning with purification (Acts 26:18), to the maintenance of the soul in fellowship with God and Jesus Christ our King; is through The Word!!!

Know the WORD – Know GOD! Those who long to be with God, long to be like God! 1 John 2:29

Know God – Only Know the Word! Our attitude has to be the same as God’s towards the given commandments of God – Sin is lawlessness! 1 John 3:4

Know God – Fellowship the Word Only!!! By knowledge of the word, anything else must be cast off! 2 John 9