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Grace Means Submission

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1 Peter 3:1-7 In every age, since humanity left the Garden of Eden, men and women experience conflict in their relationships. As much as we would like our marriages to be romantic, beautiful, and perfect, they aren ’ t. Because of sin, our relationships are messed up. Concerning this, God said: Genesis 3:16 (NKJV) To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” The serpent was cursed, and the woman and the man suffered consequences. For the man the Lord said: Genesis 3:17 (NKJV) Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. What concerns us today is what God said to the woman. The serpent and the ground were cursed, and the relationship between the man and the woman was broken. God was describing consequences to the man and the woman, but He did not curse them. Genesis 3:16 says that the wo

Grace Means...Righteousness

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1 Peter 2:11-25   The last two verses of 1 Peter 2 give us a brief summary of the truth of salvation. These verses contain a concise, beautiful statement of how we are saved. 1 Peter 2:24–25 (NKJV) 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.   These words give us a picture of grace. We were lost in sin.   Wait a minute! What on earth do we mean when we say “ lost in sin?”   Before we go any further, we need to know what we mean by “ sin” and how we understand “ lost.”   Sin and the concept of sin are treated as a joke in our society. People will casually call themselves sinners, even laughing about it. However, sin as a concept and as a reality is a grave matter. All the wars on earth, all the disease and death on earth are all directly the results of sin. God sa

Grace Means...Mercy

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1 Peter 2:1-10 Let ’ s review briefly a couple details that we have covered so far in the book of 1 Peter. First, at the beginning of his letter, Peter speaks of the wonderful salvation given by God and in which all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ partake. This salvation is mysterious and wonderful beyond words or comprehension. Since we receive this salvation freely by grace, Peter calls on us to respond by living lives set apart to God, not conforming to our former lusts. Speaking of living holy lives, Peter swings back around to speaking of the glories of our salvation. However, this time he tells of the living, abiding Word of God by which we have been saved. He ends the first chapter by contrasting humanity with the spoken (or written) word of God. The word of God never changes or fades, but we people sure do. We are like grass - here today, gone tomorrow. It was the written word of God (the spoken word) that was “ good newsed ” to us and by which we came to know the