Submitted by Dr. GP
Every summer at the Plymouth Brethren Assembly that I attend here in Central Florida, the 16 Sundays in June through September are devoted to one of the men in the church giving a talk on a chosen theme.
Last week on Sweet Sunday Sermon – Enoch, I submitted my contribution from the year when the assignment was for contributors to harp on one of the heroes of faith from Hebrews chapter 11.
Last week on Sweet Sunday Sermon – Enoch, after sharing a few outlines on the book of Hebrews, we demonstrated how to go about presenting the salient features about a Bible character by employing the Biographical Method of Bible Study.
This week on Sweet Sunday Sermon – Caleb’s Inheritance, I have submitted my contribution from the year when the assignment was to choose an Old Testament event or Bible character, comment briefly thereon, and then relate the lessons gleaned about the Old Testament event or Bible character to a related New Testament passage.
I therefore chose my favorite Old Testament Bible character CALEB, and after giving a brief Biography of this Old Testament Bible character surrounding his inheritance, in the second half, I gave an exegesis (or verse by verse study) of 1 Peter 1:3-5 which discusses THE BELIEVER’S INHERITANCE. Our study this week is therefore entitled CALEB’S INHERITANCE (Joshua 14) & THE BELIEVER’S INHERITANCE (1 Peter 1:3-5).
The punch lines of this week’s teaching are as follows.
- The salient features about the life of Caleb were that
- GOD MADE HIM A PROMISE OF AN INHERITANCE
- GOD KEPT THE PROMISED INHERITANCE FOR HIM
- GOD KEPT HIM FOR THE PROMISED INHERITANCE
- GOD ENSURED THAT HE RECEIVED THE PROMISED INHERITANCE
- The salient features about 1 Peter:3-5, and thus the comparison with the life of Caleb are that ……………………..
- GOD HAS MADE A PROMISE OF AN INHERITANCE TO US BELIEVERS
- GOD HAS KEPT/IS KEEPING OUR INHERITANCE FOR US BELIEVERS
- GOD HAS KEPT/IS KEEPING US BELIEVERS FOR OUR INHERITANCE
- GOD WILL/HAS ENSURED THAT WE RECEIVE OUR INHERITANCE
- The Christian’s inheritance is not like anything in this world.
- Peter describes our inheritance by four adjectives
- In substance: it is incorruptible; It will not spoil or go bad. Sin cannot affect it. It will never wear out or get old. Nothing can destroy it.
- In purity: it is undefiled;
- In beauty: it is unfading” It will not lose its beauty. It is not like metal that stops shining. Nor is it like a light that goes out.
- In security: it is reserved God keeps this inheritance safe in heaven for each person who believes his promises
Those who are interested in Bible Biography and the concept of spiritual inheritance should fine the exegesis of the 1 Peter passage enlightening.
Before you post on these Sunday Sermon blogs, maybe you should like the Bereans in Acts 17:11, first consult the Word of God, to see if the things here said are so, by studying the Scriptures diligently and inductively as enjoined in 2 Timothy 2:15 & Nehemiah 8:8 especially emphasizing reading the text literally and reading the text in its context so that you can be sure to keep context “king”, so that you will be able to competently comment on the commentaries (including the one you are reading here on BU)
Do so in dependence on The Teacher, the Holy Spirit (not me), Who Jesus promised would guide believers into all truth (John 16:13). This way you are more likely to benefit from the discourse.
In the last 50 years I have heard teens and even some very uneducated elderly men give good and accurate thoughts on passages of the Word of God.
You might also even consult reputable Bible commentaries, or sermons or other resources, so that we may have a reasonably useful discussion. If you do not like the Bible, just stay away. That is much better than professing yourself to be wise and only proving yourself to be a fool as taught in Romans 1:22.