Eternal Works Have Eternal Rewards

January 30, 2017


Eternal Works Have Eternal Rewards

Text:  1 Peter 1:20-25


He was foreknown before the foundation of the world


  • KJV uses Foreordained – ordained beforehand
    • Ordained – To appoint or make someone a priest
    • Fore – Before hand
  • ESV, NASB — Foreknown


  • Before the angels
  • Before creation
  • Before Adam and Eve
    • He was foreknown
    • He was foreordained
  • Is Jesus the plan B?
  • Sports games plan B, C, D… Z
    • Still don’t win
  • This verse is saying, God foreordained the sacrifice of His only begotten son
  • What is our view of God?
    • Questions?
    • We live in an evil world
      • What is God in control of?
      • Why did God allow this?
      • Is there random chance?
      • What has God foreordained?
      • Does anything happen outside of God’s will?
        • If so what?
      • Is this a chess match between God and the Devil?
        • Couldn’t God eliminate the Devil???
        • Why not eliminate the Serpent before he meets Eve?
        • Why create the Serpent to begin with?


Perfect, Decretive, Sovereign, Ultimate or Hidden will of God


  • God brings to pass sovereignly, what He wills to do

Psalms 115:3 ESV 

Ephesians 1:11 ESV 


Preceptive, Revealed Will of God – Precept or command of God

  • He has revealed his commands
  • We have the power but not the right to break
  • He could destroy us just before we break his law
  • No sin in heaven
    • We live in a fallen world


Disposition Will of God – What he delights in

  • God does not rejoice in the death of the wicked
  • Yet, he wills or decrees their death


Why foreordain the cross? 

  • We could have bypassed the fall.
  • Go directly to heaven, do no pass Go

God’s glory!


John 7:39 ESV  …


We are completely dependent upon his grace & mercy


(21)  who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.


  • Through him we believe
  • He is the AUTHOR of our faith
  • He is the OBJECT of our faith
  • Worthy is the Lamb BUT we are not worthy
    • From no people – to – His people
    • Foolish things of this world – to – a royal priesthood
    • All for the Glory to God!


Romans 8:29 ESV 


  • Holman — 1Pe 1:20 He was chosen before the foundation
    • Same Greek word for foreknew
    • For those whom he chosen he also predestined?


1 Peter 1:22 ESV  Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth


  • By receiving, believing and embracing the Gospel
    • Yet another call for truth
    • Only called to obey the truth
    • Abandon and expose lies


for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,


  • Not with coldness or indifference
  • The poor and the rich
  • The leader and the follower
    • Genuine love for one another
    • Not like the old flesh person
    • The new you, loves one another
      • Enabled by the Holy Spirit


1 Peter 1:23 ESV  since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable,


What makes it imperishable?



  • Would you like a lifetime warranty?
  • How much for an eternal warranty?
    • We can’t give an eternal warranty
    • If our salvation is based on us – 15 minute warranty???
      • Journey got 30 minutes from her new car
    • What if it’s God and all God – Eternal warranty!!!
      • How much for that warranty?
      • Must cost a lot!!!
      • Free to us –
      • Christ paid in blood


through the living and abiding word of God


  • Can you cause life?
  • Let there be new life!
  • All God
    • Completely dependent upon Him
    • His glory not ours!


1 Peter 1:24 ESV  for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,


  • You must have the imperishable seed






The reaper – Scottish Minister – Patrick Bell – 1828

  • Cut the wheat and laid it to the side
  • Never filed a patent
  • Man of God – Invention should benefit all mankind


Cyrus Hall McCormick – Later International Harvesting Company

  • Credited for inventing the reaper???
  • Did he cheat??? $40,000 worth $685,000


In 1838 Hiran Moore credited with the combine

  • 20 Horses, turning radius
  • 100 years later


  • Combine – Gets it name from combining 3 steps; Reaping, Threshing and Winnowing
    • Reaping – is cutting down and gathering stocks of wheat
      • Scottish Inventor Patrick Bell – Reaper
    • Threshing – is beating the wheat to separate it from the stocks
    • Winnowing – is using the air to remove chaff


  • Steam engine? Contained fires in a wheat field
  • Wheat dust can explode, wheat is extremely flammable
    • How important was this invention???
    • Most economically important invention
    • Very important!!!
      • Not eternal
      • Sharing the gospel is eternal
      • Your new life is eternal
      • An eternal warranty
      • The Scottish Minister participated in the eternal
      • A PENNY A DAY


John 1:13 ESV 

Isaiah 40:3-8 ESV 

One Way Christian Center

Olustee, OK

Reformed Baptist Church close to Altus, OK, and Altus Air Force Base

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