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Rev. John Compere

The Baptist Corner

Rev. John Compere is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Portageville.

The Bible Answers (Part 2)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Two weeks ago I mentioned that when the day comes for us to give bold witness for the Lord we will need three things. First we will need a sincere trust in Christ which names him as Lord and reverences his presence and power. Secondly we will need solid training to speak a word of hope and thirdly, we will need to stand and speak boldly our testimony. 1 Peter 3:13-16 addresses these elements of the Christian answer in a world of confusion, frustration, and tension. Today we focus upon the first of these elements, namely a sincere trust in Christ.

When the day comes, "to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you," (1 Peter 3:15) a sincere trust in Christ which names him as Lord and reverences His presence and power will be needed. This is what the apostle Peter meant when he said, "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts" (1 Peter 3:15). This statement implies two things. First, we must recognize Jesus as the saving Lord in our hearts. This is where we must begin. This is how the apostle Paul began his Christian life. He said on that Damascus road, "Lord, what do you want me to do?" (Acts 9:6). This recognition of Jesus as Lord is not only the beginning of the Christian Life but the goal of the Christian life. For, as Paul, we look forward to that day when "at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and ....every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:10-11).

Secondly, we must reverence Jesus as the sanctifying Lord in our hearts. Oh how we need to hallow Christ as the Lord of holiness in our lives. Peter is teaching the reality and purity of the indwelling Christ. Because he indwells us we must reverence His presence and power until we reflect his holiness. That is sanctification and it is all a matter of lordship. Dear Christian friend, is Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit absolute Lord in your life? Is he not only resident but is he president? I pray that He is. Only as He is undisputed Lord will we seek to live out the standard of holiness that He demands and deserves. Remember that God loves you and so does First Baptist Church.