American National Preacher
1 Peter 1:6-9
Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:…
I. CONSIDER THE ARTICLE SAVED — the soul, the deathless spirit by which we are distinguished from the beasts that perish.
1. Its origin. "The Lord God breathed into man the breath of life." The body was composed of what existed before; but the soul that animated it came immediately from God.
2. Its immortality. Earthly possessions are estimated according to their duration. These bodies of ours must soon go to the dust; but the soul shall exist through endless duration. What, then, can be of so much importance as the salvation of the soul?
II. WHAT DOES THIS SALVATION INCLUDE?
1. Redemption from the curse of the law. This is the first step in the way to heaven.
2. This salvation includes personal meetness. We must be renewed in the spirit of our minds.
III. OBSERVE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN FAITH AND SALVATION. When the Christian dies he receives the end of his faith. How is this to be understood? In the verse before the text the apostle mentions "believing" as the cause of joy. The whole end and object of faith is the salvation of the soul. The Scriptures place this principle in a most prominent position (John 3:18-36).
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