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September 25, 2022 4:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton all about God's great mercy. This is The Encouraging Word featuring Dr. Don Wilton and his teaching. Dr. Don, best known as a pastor as a seminary professor is an evangelist and is an author and today allow him to be your teacher as we open up first Peter beginning in chapter 1 verse three and study these seven or eight verses about God's great we all not only need to receive God's mercy, but we need to be instruments of God's mercy as well. Study the word together. Another were available for reconnecting on our website right now in tewonline.org large. He TW online.org and this phone line 866-899-WORD 866-899-WORD 9673 you need.
Open your Bibles to first Peter we going to be in first Peter, I don't often do this might be I should do this more often. But I'm going to wash us all in the hangar at Genesis and hearing of the century. I want you to stand in honor of God's word today when I read this word began to pray together because God is going to consecrate his word were in first Peter chapter 1 and I'm going to begin reading at verse three Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to his great mercy he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to any inheritance that is imperishable and undefiled and unfading In heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be reviewed in the lost time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him, though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory painting the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time. This Christ in them was indicated when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories it was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preach the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven things into which the Angels long to look subject today comes from the first part of verse three that I read to you. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is a new statement that God makes and we read it through. According to his great mercy God's mercy is the ingredient of his motive. Mercy is God's motive the product of his mercy is his grace that undeserved favor is the product of his mercy, because God is merciful. He pulls out his grace on us and in the first two verses of first Peter, he establishes who he's applying this mercy to and God calls us his elect. That's what he sees to those who all the elect and that word there is very fundamental to understanding who the God and Father of our Lord Jesus is ending. Understanding that you begin to somewhat understand the full impact of God, the merciful one toward someone like you, and someone like me in that while we are sinners that Jesus would have died for you and me.
What mercy so that we are saved by grace through faith, not about silks. What's this is the gift of God not of works, how could it be because this is fundamental to the essential attributes of a holy and a righteous God. So why does God call us. He's elect. We must honor you need. You and I need to understand this together because it's this that comes out triumphant looking we got such a reason to say tomorrow is so exciting.
Yes, we can because God does, we can take hold of who he is, why does God call us his elect. Well first of all, because God is the one who draws us. We don't draw ourselves into the heart of God. That's the work of God the spirit John chapter 6 verse 44 Jesus said no one can come to me unless the father who sent him goals. Why does he call us his elect why we so uniquely qualified to be the recipients of God's mercy because only God draws us Second because God owns us. That's why we are.
He's elect. He owns us. If you turn to acts chapter 15 for example, verse 13 in the institution of the New Testament church in the conversation that was going on between the elders and the leaders in the new church members and I were facing all the things that they were doing and I were discussing one can just imagine the meetings that they held in the conversations that held trying to figure out what it is and what basis were they able to trust God and to what extent acts 1513 brothers listen to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles to take from them people for his name. That's what God does. God, in a sense what's his folks God in a sense, this is really simplistic. He's spirit is hovering around in this place today he's moving around because he's everywhere and because of God's grace, mercy.
He is drawing you somebody right now into the heart of God. And when he does he takes ownership of you he you God is me now.
I belong to Jesus. Jesus belongs to me if there was anything that I would want you to know about Don's, Christian man, I am owned and operated by the God and father of my Lord Jesus, I'm not partially owned. I'm not on loan. I don't belong to God on Sunday morning but definitely not on Monday. I'm he's elect because God draws me because God owns me, but there's 1/3 that I there's so many because God prospers me prospers me. Oh yeah, God prospers us ladies and gentlemen for decades, decades for generations God has taken this church and has prospered this church.
How do you define prospered church.
The witness of the church.
The fruit bearing of the church fruit that remains God does that. Therefore, if God chose us we are his elective God chose us, what did he choose us to receive.
He chose us to receive his love. You mean God is love and I am the recipient of that because I'm chosen if if if God chose us weeping chosen to receive his forgiveness be a forgiving people be a forgiving church, no strings attached. It's a come on God we have received.
This is God's great mercy which is been shot you want to be triumphant and you got that brother of yours and you rule now 50 and 60 years of age and you haven't talked to each other and donkeys years because you fell out of the Christmas party you are having and he brought a green tree and you wanted a brown tree make good on it. Don't put strings onto your forgiveness. Go to your brother to your sister to your mother to your father if you're out of ship with your parent go to them and say I'm coming you today I'll ask you to forgive me, don't put strings on Duncombe site. Please forgive me but I just want you to know something they imagine if Jesus did on Dave man this is the triumphant church.
And if God chose us he chose us to be the recipients of his love. He chose us to be the recipients of these forgiveness. What's this one he chose us to receive his image. We are in the image of God. I love Romans eight verse 29. You don't listen to it.
Romans 829 for those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be common for to the team meeting which of his son image smell like Jesus looked like Jesus behave like an all because of these great mercy. So what is God's mercy us.
Please forgive the interruption will be back with the rest today's message in just a moment, but don't we want to have that aroma of Jesus on our lives. One of the ways we do that is spending time in God's word every day you not receiving the email from Dr. Don sign up for today do that email@example.com that's TE double online.org just click on the devotion to receive it freely in the email, or a free hard copy if you like to just let us know on the website tewonline.org tewonline.org G where you will discover great messages and great resources like this. John 316 says for God so loved the world he gave his one and only son believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life, to reach as many people as passable with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Join us in this nation. We need your support become ministry partners, 866-899-WORD 866-899-9673 to request information on how you can help support the work of The Encouraging Word The Encouraging Word viewer and listener supported ministry. Thank you for listening today back today great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton and the message God's great mercy on the recipient is God's great mercy. Give what is he say I'm going to tell you it's the never ending blessings of knowing Christ to save and load.
It's really what it means to be the recipient to be the recipient of God's great mercy. Well, he lists some things you just to help us. I just simply give them back to you because he tells us right here in chapter 1. What is God's mercy drawn to us. Number one, a brand-new life is caused us to be born again. There is are you totally different than before. The things you say you cannot talk blasphemies follow hatred and unforgiveness and claim to know Christ same time he owns you. He tells is caused us to be born again, not and I love that statement born again. Remember Nicodemus not unlike what do I enter the second time and my mother's room. Jesus said that which is born of the flesh is flesh, but that which is born of the spirit is spirit what is God's mercy. Give us brand-new life, which leads to everyone here boots. This is like foundation arrived so bottom line, a brand-new life because you come to know Jesus. Because the next level. Number two.
A living hope it produces the brand-new life which is the spirit work that comes from God's mercy now brings the second tier of God's mercy, which is a living hope he says it brought the being born again you been born again to a living hope through the resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the date you can't understand the resurrection. Unless you been born again. Up to that point. It's just like an event that Christians do and you you you will respect but the living hope of the resurrection of Christ lives in me, lives in you.
It takes me into the heart of God. That's why even when it comes to grief we grieve, but not as those who have no hope because we been born again into a living hope and we all face imminent death or loss and you you become sick, free from. So what's the next level, where does it go from there. God's great mercy.
According to what Peter is saying to us, produces first a brand-new life. Second, a living hope I watch how this begins to build food, a guaranteed inheritance, a guaranteed inheritance look at look at verse four to an inheritance. What what is an inheritance well we all know that inheritance simply putting our day is wealth parsed down it's it's an allotted assignment parsing of something to the next thing inheritance.
Now let's put this in the heart of a merciful God. He actually defines it, he uses three words to define this guaranteed inheritance. First word he uses the word. This inheritance is imperishable. You know what that means.
It means that the inheritance that God is given all that he's given to his son is given to all those that love him and it's imperishable, which means it is not subject to death. It's imperishable. It is inextricably and spiritually intertwined into the very resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ who is fully alive in everyone. When the disciples saw him and they said it is he the second word that used to describe this guaranteed inheritance is the word undefiled if imperishable means. Our inheritance is not subject to bed undefiled means it's not subject to pollution of any kind. It's staying in other words, not anything in our fallen world can blemish stain or pollute the fullness of the richness of all the inheritance that God has for his own son.
Wow guys cannot just say this. Bring on the fade.
The stock market is not connected into this inheritance. It doesn't rise and fall on the statement on inflation or pollution. You blow all the smoke you want to you can get all the electric causing the universe.
You can really put one in the old Arab countries in the world and say from now on, causing a run on sand. It'll never even so much as a blimp touch the inheritance of God's given to us would, he uses the word unfading.
If imperishable means not subject to bed and undefiled means is not subject to pollution unfading means it's not subject to the loss of fragrance, color, the make the faith of the descriptiveness here that God is giving to us is so powerful and to all of this powerful descriptiveness concerning our image and concerning our inheritance. God tells us it's reserved way way way is the man in heaven. Where is heaven, and who lives there.
God does and you can send everybody you want to the moon. Nobody is ever going to be a will to infiltrate God's throne. It's impenetrable. It's reserved there and he said that he says not only is it reserved up in heaven for you, but it's God to the point at which nobody will ever get to it hundred, it is protected by the very power of God.
Somebody say amen what a merciful God what is God's mercy.
Give us brand-new life in the living opener guaranteed in inheritance to give you two more quickly. A lifetime of joy and rebooting one precept on another. A lifetime of joy. Look at verse 611 verse six in this member, your English teacher would say well what is that this fall in this walk. Well, now we gotta go back and re-preach the whole message right in this.
You rejoice and and he puts it in context. He says even though you go through trials and tribulations God's mercy produces a life that stands firm, no matter what God's got he'll get you through you do it God's way you trust him. Watch what God he never fail you yet. He stands by every word. God's mercy gives us a time of joy. This joyful, we need to be joyful. Teach kids to be joyful parents don't be the parts is on of perpetual morbidity teach them, show them, show them the face of Jesus because that's the face you where, because in fact broken. An alabaster box and you smell like one more not close with this getting building precept upon precept is God. Mercy, give us a heart of praise seven is just so clear we may be found to result in praise and glory and honor don't we long for that phrase you been listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word and it's our prayer that you've heard more than just his wonderful South African friend but is he's been opening the living word of God and speaking as the servant of God.
We pray that you've heard the voice of God reminding you that God loves you. He has a great plan for your life right now. A purpose for you purpose for living a place for you in heaven, an opportunity to have your sins forgiven today. Again you been listening to Dr. Don is he's been teaching and preaching from the pulpit.
Open your heart now to what he wants to share next well hello again my friends are you ready to give your life to Christ, you know you been listening like us and God is been speaking like this has me and he speaking to your heart.
I'd love to help you give your life to Christ right now. Why don't you pray this prayer make this your prayer because you know that God not and he hears our prayer, but he wants is our prayer to pray this prayer with me. Dear God, I know that you love me very much.
I believe Jesus came and died on the cross just for me, that he gave his life for me right now.
I confess my sin to you, by faith I receive you into my heart and into my life in Jesus name I pray. Well if you prayed that prayer right now just a moment, we gonna send you some information. I want you to listen real careful, because you can take note of.
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