March 30, 2008am  The Election   1 Peter 1:1-9

by Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist.org

Today’s presidential election has captured the news headlines for several months.  The election of the president of the USA is number one in most conversations. 
Did you realize that you are a vital part of an election described in I Peter 1?  From the Encarta Dictionary:  The selection by God for something.   Religion especially in Christianity the fact of being chosen by God or God’s act of choosing somebody for special favor, salvation, or a task. 

Who Breaks The Tie?
A colored divine was once asked to explain the doctrine of election. Said he, “Brethren, it is this way: The Lord he is always voting for a man, and the Devil he is always voting against him; then the man himself votes, and that breaks the tie!”

Nobody Wanted Him In Group
An amusing story tells of a group of theologians who were discussing predestination and free will. The argument grew so heated that sides were drawn and the group broke up into two fiercely-prejudiced factions.
But one theologian, not knowing to which camp he belonged, stood for a moment trying to decide. At last he made up his mind to join in with the predestination crowd. When he tried to push his way in, they asked, “Who sent you here?”“Nobody sent me,” he replied, “I came of my own free will.”“Free will!” they fairly shouted at him. “You can’t come in here of your own free will. You belong with the other group.”
So he turned and went toward the free will group. When he tried to join them, someone asked, “When did you decide to join us?”“I didn’t decide, I was sent here,” he answered.
“Sent here!” they were horrified. “You can’t join us unless you choose to by your own free will.” And so he was excluded from both companies. —Selected

I Peter 1     Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

I. What has God Chosen?  The Elect:  Who are they?  What are they chosen for?  God’s Election.  God held an election.  Where you there?  You were elected. 

  1. He chose you to be sanctified.  You are set apart from all the rest in the world for God’s own special purpose.  You have been chosen to obedient to Christ and to be sprinkled by his blood. 

 

  1. He chose to give you grace and peace to you in abundance.
  1. He chose to give you a new birth which comes with a living hope because Jesus has risen from the dead. 

 

  1. He chose to give you an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade kept in heaven for you. 
  1. He chose to shield you by His power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed. 

 

  1. He chose to make you greatly rejoice.  You may have to suffer for a little while.
  1. He chose to strengthen you by refining your faith in the fires of tribulation and trials. 

 

  1. He chose to give you praise, glory, and honor when Jesus is revealed. 
  1. He chose you, now what do you choose?  

 

II.  What have you elected or chosen? 

  1. You choose to believe and have faith.  You have declared your faith by following the Lord in baptism and by receiving the Holy Communion. 
  1. You choose to persevere through trials and tribulations.  Even though you have had problems you choose to persevere. 

 

  1. You choose to be genuine even though you have not seen the Lord.
  1. You choose to love Him. 

 

  1. You choose to believe in Him. 
  1. You choose to be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 

 

  1. You choose to receive the goal of your faith which is the salvation of your soul. 

Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations : A Treasury of Illustrations, Anecdotes, Facts and Quotations for Pastors, Teachers and Christian Workers (Garland TX: Bible Communications, 1996, c1979).

Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations : A Treasury of Illustrations, Anecdotes, Facts and Quotations for Pastors, Teachers and Christian Workers (Garland TX: Bible Communications, 1996, c1979).

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). 1 Pe 1:1-9.