1 Peter 1:13-25 Holy

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]

17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.[b] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25     but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[c]

And this is the word that was preached to you.

Holy

Holy has two meanings of which I am aware.  One is set apart for God and the other is the ‘otherness’ of God.  Both are true for the Christian.  We are set apart by God and for God.  We are also changed so that our character becomes more godly.  As we focus on God our true self comes through and this results in more righteous work.  However, these acts that God calls us toward are not something which we can boast about because they are only possible because God is at work in us.

we are purified by obeying the truth.  The truth that the Christian obeys is to live life the way that it was designed to be lived.  Since the fall, things are messed up.  It is for the Christian to align the world once more with the way that God wanted it to be.

Prayer

Help us to remember that we are called to a different quality of life.  Help us to be holy as you are holy.  We are not to be as we once were.  help us to embrace change.

Questions

  1. What does an alert and fully sober mind do?
  2. What is the rationale for being holy?
  3. How does one purify oneself?
  4. Why might someone object to being pure and holy?
  5. What is your next step in embracing holiness?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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5 Responses to 1 Peter 1:13-25 Holy

  1. MT says:

    Knowing that God judges impartially, sobers me. It means that although I am fearfully and wonderfully made, it does not mean that I loved at a level greater than any of his other children, and that He will judge me according to His standards, not mine. As I consider how loving He is, do I simultaneously sober my mind with the truth that He judges impartially?

    Often, in this world where there is present injustice, I am inclined to ask the Lord to come quickly! But is my own soul prepared for this coming for which I ask? Am I holy and ready to be judged impartially?

    Therefore, I embrace holiness by meditating on the truth that I am redeemed and being redeemed by Christ and His word. He is my only hope, and yet a sure hope that is without parallel to anything, and anyone else. Praise Him!

  2. Bronwyn says:

    I noticed that this “word which was preached” was written about in verse 12, “in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit.” News of this salvation, prophesied of old, is the living and enduring Word of God by which people are born gain into a living hope.

    Verse 14- When I was conformed to my former lusts, I didn’t know any better, yes I have a conscience,and I would have been accountable to God, but I didn’t KNOW any better, I hadn’t tasted anything better, this was the life of most people I saw before, I was a slave of sin, blinded by Satan. But now I have tasted of something far better than my former lusts, I am a child of God now, and why would I want to conform to lesser pleasures that were killing me? I’m to be obedient in pursuing holiness. I am pursuing perfection, however I’m not the perfectionist, God is.

    1st Peter 5:10-11, “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
    I’ve never seen the above verses this way before, but could verse 10 be talking about in this life we “suffer for a little while” and then at Christ’s return (or our death?) God perfects us? Hmm no, 1st Thess. 5:23-24 is a better one for that. I just found out that the word “perfect” in 1st Peter 5:10 means “to make fit, equip, or prepare” in the Greek.

  3. kevin w. says:

    I think he is tying this to keeping our mind set on the hope which Peter has been referring to in this chapter. He takes it further by drawing out the implication of setting our mind on this blessed hope through grace: we are to be holy.
    God wants us to be holy because He is holy. Besides this, we were bought from slavery to sin by the blood of Christ, not by material objects. In light of this we should honor the fact of our reconciliation to God by acting as His children, by becoming holy like Jesus.
    Holiness and purity are not easy. We do not like to be set apart for anyone because we naturally like to “own” ourselves. We like to set ourselves to what serves the interests of our flesh, not to what God wants…at least this is how is was prior to redemption. Now is the battle between our old mindset and the new one which is now our reality which we need to embrace. Through setting our eyes on Christ and embracing who we truly are in Him we allow the spirit to work in our hearts to transform them into loving what He loves and hating what He hates.

  4. Eric Wildermuth says:

    An alert and fully sober mind focuses on that which matters and is not led astray by vain or silly issues and concerns. We have been looking at this idea in Student Council, what it means to be “sober-minded,” and what that looks like in our lives as students and as a student body.
    This idea seems to have a very forward-looking aspect to it. In 1 Thess. it deals with the events that are to come at the end and Paul alerts his readers the immanency of Christ’s return. Likewise here, Peter calls for his readers to set their sober and alert minds on the hope of grace that we will receive at the coming of Christ.

    We look forward to Christ’s return and his work of redeeming all of creation fully and finally. We do this with minds that are fixed ahead, not looking left or right, but gazing into the eyes of Christ, in whom our hope of grace rests and by whom it will be delivered.

  5. Christina Zezulak says:

    What does an alert and fully sober mind do?
    Having our minds be alert and fully sober allows us to find our hope in Jesus Christ’s return.

    What is the rationale for being holy?
    We are to be holy because He is holy. Since we are being conformed into His likeness, holiness would be essential in that process.

    How does one purify oneself?
    We are purified through the obedience to the truth.

    Why might someone object to being pure and holy?
    Many people constantly declare that we are not perfect, and although this is true… it is not an excuse. It is impossible for a non-believer to be pure and holy and it is through God’s grace that the believer can be made pure and holy until his or her glorified state.

    What is your next step in embracing holiness?
    My next step in embracing holiness is to breathe and exercise God’s everlasting love in every aspect of my life. It is so easy to love in ideal circumstances, yet this is not when God is given the most glory… instead, it is when we love the unlovable like He has done for us.

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