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1 Pet 1:3-12, 23-2:12 | Pdt. Paulus Surya

Born Again to a Living Hope (Listen)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for

  “All flesh is like grass
    and all its glory like the flower of grass.
  The grass withers,
    and the flower falls,
25   but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

A Living Stone and a Holy People (Listen)

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

  “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
  and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

  “The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”


  “A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Injil Kristus sudah seharusnya menjadi pusat dalam kehidupan setiap orang Kristen. Apa saja karakteristik Injil Kristus?

Bersifat sejarah (1:12,25)
Injil sudah diberitakan di PL oleh para nabi. Injil adalah good news dan bukan good advice. Advice membicarakan sesuatu yang belum terjadi, supaya mudah-mudahan bisa terjadi dengan baik. News membicarakan sesuatu yang
telah terjadi.

Membawa penyembahan kepada Allah (1:3-12)
Ayat 3-12 dalam bahasa aslinya merupakan satu kalimat panjang, di mana kalimat utamanya adalah “terpujilah Allah dan Bapa Tuhan kita Yesus Kristus”. Injil bukan hanya menyelamatkan yang percaya, tetapi juga membawa kita menyembah Allah.

Merupakan anugerah Allah (1:3,23)
Dalam Injil ada kelahiran kembali bagi yang percaya menjadi anak-anak Allah. Ini merupakan anugerah Allah karena
kelahiran kembali bukan usaha manusia tapi pekerjaan Roh Kudus (lihat Yohanes 15:16).

Membawa perubahan hidup (2:1,2,9,11)
Ayat 1,2 & 11 berbicara tentang perlunya orang percaya menjauhi dosa. Ayat 9 berbicara tentang pentingnya menjadi
pemberita Injil. Injil bukan hanya mentransformasi diri kita, tetapi juga melalui kita Injil mentransformasi orang lain.

Dasar cara hidup yang benar (2:12)
Cara hidup anak muda dan orang tua seringkali memiliki perbedaan lifestyle. Tapi semua cara hidup orang percaya
harus berdasarkan Injil Kristus. Injil Kristus memberikan perspektif hidup yang benar, memotivasi dan memampukan
kita untuk hidup seturut Firman Tuhan.

Ringkasan kotbah HUT ke-30 Pdt. Paulus Surya, 16 Oktober 2022