Central Baptist Church
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Evening Worship Sermon


EVENING WORSHIP 
5:00 PM
 

 

THE CULMINATION OF OUR HOPE
I Peter 5:5b-11
 
What we hope for in Christ will one day be fully attained
 
          Perspective is key in determining how a person responds to life events.
          Throughout this epistle submission has been the great subject of Peter's letter to the dispersed.
 
2:13-17 -  Submit to governmental authority
2:18-25 -  Submit to those over us
3:1-7 -  Submit to our spouse
 
          Peter had urged his fellow Christians to stand firm in their living hope (I Peter 1:3) and to remain faithful to God (I Peter 4:19), and he concludes his letter with more specific guidance and encouragement.             Because Christians have been given eternal life in the coming kingdom of God, we have hope.  The trials of this life will one day give way to a life of eternal joy and peace.
 
I Peter 5b-7 -  "Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
 
          Now he is telling us that all believers are to submit to go and one another.
 
          When humility is mentioned, many picture a shy, weak, and unimpressive type of person.  However this is just the opposite of what God means, for the humility demanded by God strengthens a person and makes him/her one of the most striking and impressive persons around.
          The need for humility among God's blood-bought children cannot be exaggerated.
          One of the worst evils confronting man is the insidious sin of pride.
          Of all the besetting sins, this is the worst, it is the root-evil of the Adamic nature.
 
          "Be clothed with humility."
 
          Too many people in the world today are reflecting the Diotrophese syndrome :
 
III John 1:9 "Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not."
 
          Ill. -  Not many are satisfied with second place.
                -  Many that murmur about playing second fiddle ought to realize that it is only by God's grace that they are in the orchestra at all.
 
          Too often when the subject of pride is discussed, we apply it to others only :
 
          Ill. -  After a message on price a woman went to her pastor and confessed
                -   "You really hit me with that sermon, I'm guilty of pride!"
                -   Her pastor sympathetically asked, "How does it affect you?"
                -   "Every morning" she answered, "When I awake I just sit in front of the mirror and admire my beauty"
                -   "My dear lady" replied the pastor, "That's not pride!  That's imagination."
         
          Then does that mean I am to demean myself and to think poorly of myself? No!
          Just don't think of yourself at all!
 
Philippians 2:1-11 "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7  But made himself of noreputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
 
          Jesus never thought of Himself, therefore, He was submissive to His Father!
          If we Christians could learn the meaning of the scriptural concept of submission, difficulties would be eliminated.
          Folks, we are to submit to one another showing Christian respect, courtesy, and meekness.  Yet without humility there can be no submission.
 
          Peter surely had in mind the unforgettable experience of our Lord washing the disciple's feet on the eve of the Crucifixion :
 
John 13:4-5 "He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 5  After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."
 
          Peter never lost sight of our Lord donning the "servant's apron."
 
          How far we are from this holy example of humility!
          On that memorable night Jesus declared :
 
John 13:14-15 "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."
 
          Most of us revolt at the thought of reverting to childhood characteristics. 
          A child often goes unnoticed and unknown.  We don't want that, we want to be somebody and exalted.
          We've raised a generation of tired, fussy, would-be Christian experts with few examples of humility among us.
 
          We've heard all the preachers and read all the books.  Maybe we know too much!
          What we need is to quit listening to men, stop reading the books, and come to the Book and listen to our Savior who said, "God resisteth the proud!"
 
          "resisteth" -  To set in battle array.  Folks, God will judge pride for He hates it.
          God warned the proud :
 
Jeremiah 49:16 "Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD."
 
Isaiah 5:21 "Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
 
          God resisteth the proud, but "He gives grace to the humble."
 
Micah 6:8 "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
 
          The Lord will do the exalting if we do the humbling.
 
Luke 14:11 "For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."
 
          Folks, God never fails to reward faithfulness.
 
James 4:10 "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."
 
          Peter now leaves the sin of pride and speaks of another sin, which is equally destructive - care :
 
I Peter 5:7"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
 
          Few Christians really take this verse to heart.
          We cross too many bridges before we come to them and we sin against God!
 
          Care has never accomplished one thing for any of us and it never will!
          Why not today, decide to make your life one of trusting rather than trying.
          Cast your cares and troubles on Him and experience His rest.
 
I Peter 5:8-9 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world."  
 
          Folks, our enemy, Satan is no amateur :
 
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
 
          We can't stand against him alone. 
          When temptations come, go to God!
 
I Corinthians 10:12 "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."
 
Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
 
          When temptations knock at the door of your heart and life, go to the door and tell them, "This heart, life is occupied!"
 
          Here is the real secret of victory - a heart filled with Christ!
 
          Whether it's pride, care or the devil himself that knocks, there is no room if we are fully yielded to our Lord!
 
Psalm 124:8 "Our help is in the name of the lord, who made heaven and earth."
 
I Peter 5:10-11"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
 
          Throughout this epistle Peter has been emphasizing the importance of watchfulness and vigilance as a safeguard against the Christian's mighty adversary, Satan.
 
          Now lest we overestimate the power of this wicked one, Peter hastens to remind us of our invincible Lord, "the God of all grace"
who enables His willing disciples to overcome the subtle attacks of the devil.
          For this reason we are not to look around with fear and dismay, but to look up with the assurance of    hope and victory.
          The Psalmist has this hope and glory as he gazed toward the heavens and sang :
 
Psalm 121:1-3 "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber."
 
          Folks, God has promised to :
 
Psalm 121:7-8 "The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."
 
          Our Great Jehovah God is here described as "the God of all grace."
          Folks, He provides grace not only for some of the amenities of life but for all the amenities of life.
 
          Often the blessing of His abundant provision of grace will be missed because we do not believe His Word and trust Him completely.
 
          Folks the devil is always spreading the seeds of doubt, but we must trust the Lord and we must believe His Word
 
          Ill. -  An elderly saint was telling a friend about a miraculous answer to prayer.
                -   "How do you explain it?" asked the friend.
                -   "I don't.  I just took the Lord at His Word and He took me at mine."
 
          That's all God expects from any of us!
 
          Let me close with this question, "Have you ever considered the wealth that is ours as children of God?"
 
          Consider these riches that we have :
 
We have a love that cannot be fathomed
We have a life that cannot die
We have a righteousness that cannot be tarnished
We have a peace that cannot be understood
We have a rest that cannot be disturbed
We have a joy that cannot be diminished
We have a light that cannot be darkened
We have a hope that cannot be disappointed
We have a happiness that cannot be interrupted
We have a strength that cannot be enfeebled
We have a purity that cannot be defiled
We have a beauty that cannot be marred
We have a wisdom that cannot be baffled
And folks we have resources that cannot be exhausted
 
          What millionaire has more than this?
 
          Ill. -  Farmer was heavily in debt
                -   He promised his creditors that he would pay when his apple crop came in.
                -   "How do you know you'll have an apple crop?"
               -   "I've seen the blossoms!"
 
          How do I know that God's promises are sure?
         
          Folks I've looked into the Book and seen the blossoms of His promises!