We have looked at our position in Christ. Being born again because of the resurrection of Christ (v.3), we see redemption through the work of the Holy Spirit, by the blood of Christ (v.2), And in that we have an inheritance that is perfect (v.4), that produces genuine faith (vs.8-9). Peter then goes into how we received the gospel message we proclaim (vs.10-12). This leads us to our responsibility as true believers. Peter gives us instructions on how to lead that life that is pleasing to God. God wants our life to be submissive to him.
Some things to keep in mind….
- We are in spiritual warfare (Eph.6:10-12).
- There is a battle against the flesh and the Spirit (Gal.5:16-17).
- As Christians we have overcome the world (1Jon.5:4-5).
- As Christians, because of the work of the cross we can live the holy life (2Cor.5:21).
Dangers to watch out for in holy living….
- We become self-righteous, putting confidence in the flesh (Phil.3:9).
- We give lip service, and our hearts are far away from God (Matt.15:7-9).
Note: Living the Christian life is a high standard, one we can’t keep in the flesh. It is more than being a good person!! Good people do not go to heaven, only those who have been born again, and have their sins forgiven because of the work of the cross. So it is being lead by the Holy Spirit, because you are in a personal relationship with God. The one thing God wants from us is for us to submit to Him. Let us look at some instructions in the ways we live this holy life.
- 1. Have your mind in the right place (13.a)
- 2. Stand on the hope of your salvation (13.b)
- 3. Stay obedient (14-17)
- 1. Have your mind in the right place (13.a)
“Therefore preparing your minds for action” (Lit) “Gird up the loins of your mind” (Metaphor for people in the middle east, wore long gowns, and when one would do strenuous activity you would gird your robe, making sure it was not in the way.
Note: We need to pull in the loose ends of one’s thinking. Do we let our mind wander in places that they should not be? Read 2 Cor.10:3-5. Man’s wisdom will not do. Satan attacks us through our mind. Let us look at the motive of each thought.
“And being sober-minded” (Lit) Keep alert, NLT “Exercise self- control” Here in being withdrawn from the things of the world.
- Look what it says in 1Thess.5:6 “So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.” We have to keep our mind’s in the right place turning to God and not the wisdom of this world. We have to stay focused and self controlled, because we are at war.
- App: Coach telling football team to be focused.
- 2. Stand on the hope of your Salvation: (13.b)
“Set your hope fully” (Lit) Completely or unchangeably. We need to be totally dependent on the Cross of Christ. “On the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Holding on to the blessings Christ has for the true believer one day, the full reward of our salvation. Peter has already spoken of the savior’s return 4 times (vv.5,7,9,13) Remember from v.3 “Living hope” sure hope, the real deal!!
- Our hope in times that are difficult.
- Our hope in times of temptation.
- Look at what it says in 1Thess.5:8“ But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.”
App: The only things that will last are the things of God. A new car example.
- 3. Stay Obedient: (14-17)
“As obedient children” (lit)” As children of obedience” Being obedient to God is more than keeping a bunch of rules it is surrender over to God, because we are his children, and we are motivated by His love.
- Look at what it says in 1Jon.5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”
- Obedience here indicates continual obedience.
“Do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance” Meaning do not let ungodly behavior shape your life. KJV “Not fashioning yourselves” and the NLT says it like this “Don’t slip back into your old ways of living.”
Note: The warning is not to fall back into the life of sin that we once knew. Do not go backwards (Eph.2:1-3).
“But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct” (Lit) Be holy in every conduct. This is in every part of our life.
Note: When we are obedient to Christ, this shows our new nature, his nature, from his Spirit. It says in 2Cor.5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”
“Since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (This is from the book of lev.11:44,19:2,20:7) This can be rendered as “Be separate from what is evil just as I am separate from what is evil.” Because of the work of the cross we have been made holy and are to grow in holiness. Paul says it like this in Eph. 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
In closing: As true believers in Christ we are to live life apart from this world. F.B. Meyer said it like this, talking about the Spirit purifying the heart. “Germs of disease may be constantly breeding in an infected house; but so long as the disinfecting fluid is well sprinkled on the floors and pendent sheets, they are killed off as soon as they are formed. So sin, though present in the heart, may be choked off, so as to be almost unperceived, because the Holy Ghost is ever at work acting as a disinfectant, but soon as His grace is withdrawn, sin regains its old deadly sway, and breathes forth its pestilential poison. It is of the utmost importance, then, to keep in with the Holy Ghost.” Also Thomas Watson said this of the Holy Spirit. “Walk very holily. God’s Spirit is first a refiner before a comforter.”