Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: foronecovereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
1.) God takes our marriage vows very seriously.
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
2.) We should make our serious commitments, or vows, to God in the presence of his people, in courts of theLord's House.
I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,In the courts of the LORD'S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.
3.) Of all the things we could ever do for God or sacrifice for God, none pleases Him more than loving Him and loving others.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is the first and great commandment.And the secondislike unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandmentsis, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: thisisthe first commandment.And the secondislike,namelythis, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to lovehisneighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
4.) A wife is to love her husband and give of herself in the same way Jesus did for her.
1 John 3:16
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
5.) When a wife is actively seeking to love her husband, she is able to overlook many sins.
1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Exile IV Title: Street Corner Doxology Date: 3.2.14 Text: 1 Peter 1:35
Main Idea: At the intersection of faith and hope comes worship.
Our text today leads us to a Street Corner Doxology. "A doxology is a hymn of praise. The word comes from the Greek doxa, which refers
to glory that is ascribed to God, because it belongs eternally and intrinsically to Him."
"All sound theology must begin and end with doxology." G.C. Berkouwer
READ 1 Peter 1:3ab
1) God's mercy pursues us. (3a)
Romans 3:1012, 23 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one."...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
"The doctrine of original sin teaches that every single human being who ever was, is, or shall be inherited from Adam a sinful nature that makes us predisposed to wickedness and rebellion against God." Kevin DeYoung Why We Love The Church
Romans 9:16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
READ 1 Peter 1:3c
2) God's grace regenerates us.
READ 1 Peter 1:4a
3) God's Son redeems us. 1 Corinthians 15:342
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
"The means of our new birth is not first the message of the resurrection; it is the fact of the resurrection. When Christ rose he secured our salvation." Edmund Clowney
Romans 10:9: ...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
READ 1 Peter 1:4
4) God's plan assures us.
R.C. Sproul: "People today believe in the universal fatherhood of God and the universal brotherhood of man. In biblical categories God, naturally speaking, is the Father of One...Scripture tells us that by nature we are children of wrath...so we must never take for granted the privilege of speaking of God as "Father.""
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
READ 1 Peter 1:5a
5) God's power guards us.
READ 1 Peter 1:5b
6) God's glory awaits us.
Revelation 21:16, 1011, 2227 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." And he who
was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment...and [he] showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal... And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Main Idea: At the intersection of faith and hope comes worship.
I want to put my faith in Jesus as my Savior. I want to surrender to him and be saved from my sins. I want my hope to come alive. I want to transfer it from someone/something else to Jesus today.
This week my prayers are going to shift from asking things of God to praising God daily. I am going to respond by praying with others that I would move from another intersection to faith/hope.
I am going to pray for To Be The Church this week. I am going to fast for To Be The Church this week. I am going to give toward To Be The Church this month (March). I want to volunteer to help build for To Be The Church.