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Living "Coram Deo"

by Rev. Kirby Williams

The secret to sanctification is learning we live in the presence of God.

Text: 1Pet. 1:22-25
Date: 07/07/2019, the Evening service.
Series: "Peter's Epistles: The Sojourners Handbook" Part 7

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So far in this opening chapter, Peter has told his readers that because of the magnificent salvation God has provided them, He calls those who truly know Him to holiness. We are reminded in this study that even though we have absolutely nothing to do with our salvation, we are an integral part of the process of sanctification. It is to this process that Peter now turns his attention. First, by highlighting several of the fruits of salvation-- obedience to the truth and love of the brethren. And them by making a profound comparison between the frailty of human existence and the imperishable seed that has been planted in them by the Spirit and the Word of God. We will ultimately learn that Christianity is an "all-in" religion and that those who desire to be true disciples of Christ must learn to live "Coram Deo" (in the presence of God)!

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, 1Pet. 1:22-25.
A. Context
B. Analyzing the fruits of salvation.
1. The sovereignty of God and human responsibility.
2. The fruit of obedient love, vs. 22.
a. The fruit of obedience.
i. Focus on sanctification, 1Pet. 1:15, James 4:8, 1John 3:3.
ii. A spiritual cleansing.
iii. Obedience to the truth, 3John 4.
iv. A glorious circle.
v. The centrality of the Word of Truth.
b. The fruit of love.
i. A love for the brotherhood.
ii. An intense, personal love.
iii. Love from a pure heart.
iv. A focused love, John 13:35, 14:15.
3. The imperishable seed, vs. 23.
a. The essential first step towards holiness, 1Pet. 1:3.
b. The guarantee of stability and ultimate success, 1Pet. 1:17.
i. The imperishable Spirit, John 12:24.
ii. The imperishable Word, Heb. 4:12, Rom. 10:17.
4. The perpetuity of the Word, vs. 24-25.
a. The frailty of human life, vs. 24.
i. A familiar subject, Isa. 40:6-8, Psa. 103:15, Matt. 6;30, James 1:10-11.
ii. Looking at the language.
• A commentary on human existence.
• An image of temporalness.
• A momentary flash of glory, Matt. 6:28-29.
• A fleeting glory that quickly fades away.
b. The profound comparison with the Word, vs. 25a.
i. The nature of the comparison.
ii. The Word of the Word!
c. Focus on the Gospel, Heb. 1:1-2, John 14:26.
III. Application: Coram Deo, Coram Verum Deo!
A. Comprehensive obedience, John 14:15,21,23, James 2:10.
B. Defining the "Coram Deo" life.
1. A life of obedience and love.
2. A life of subservience, John 5:19.
3. A religious life (a spiritual life of worship).
4. A life of integrity, James 1:8, 4:8.
5. A life lived "Coram Verum Deo", (before the Word of God).
IV. Conclusion

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