Preciousness of Faith
A Sermon on 2 Peter 1:1
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (ESV)
How will you stand fast in the midst of trials? Are you discouraged by the continued attacks on Christianity and how few people are following the Lord? In today’s sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from 1 Peter 1:1 and explains how we as believers can honor the Lord and hold fast to His word in the midst of persecution. So often when Christians are in the midst of hard times, we tend to think that we need something new to help us out of the rut we are in. However, The Doctor reminds us that what we really need is to grasp ahold of what we have already believed—that our God is all-powerful and that our salvation is precious. In this passage, Peter describes our faith as precious for a couple of reasons. First, it is rare— many believers are discouraged when they see how many people are not Christians when instead we should be rejoicing that we are part of His family. Instead of counting heads, we should look to the character of the few. Second, it is rare because it cost God His own Son. Third, it gives us so many blessings— forgiveness of sins, makes us partakers of the divine nature, companionship, and more. Our faith is the most precious thing in the universe, and this alone is a magnificent truth we can stand on in the midst of hard times.