I Peter 1:13-16

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Text:   I Peter 1:13-16

HOLINESS IN LIFE

INTRODUCTION:

 

We live in serious times. The days are evil. Many professing believers have no testimony before the Lord. The coming of the Lord is drawing closer. We need to be living 100% for the Lord.

 

Paul wrote in –

Ephesians 4:14-18 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight [i.e. trickery] of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive [i.e. by cunning craftiness and deceitful plotting]; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.

 

Paul also wrote in –

II Corinthians 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him [i.e. that . . . we may be well-pleasing to Him].

 

II Corinthians 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth [i.e. from the time of their salvation] live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

 

II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

 

In I Peter 1:13-16 , we see that we need to live in accordance with our position in Christ. We need to live holy lives.

 

    I.     WE HAVE A PERFECT HOPE – I Peter 1:13

 

I Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

            1.   Its basis

 

The basis of our perfect hope is the grace that is to be brought unto us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

Wherefore indicates that an inference is being drawn and is understood in the sense of therefore or for this reason. Practical Christian living is always based on sound doctrine. This is a major problem among independent Baptists today. Very little doctrine is being taught in our local churches by our pastors. There is much to entertain people, but there is almost no solid doctrinal basis being taught on which believers might base their lives. As a result, believers have little or no biblical basis for practical Christian living and fall for whatever deviation from Biblical living comes down the road. Having no understanding of Biblical doctrine on which to base our practice is like trying to stand an ice cream cone on its pointed end. It will topple over.

 

Wherefore suggests because you have a living hope; because even though you may have been undergoing many trials, you have an inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, that fades not away, that is reserved in heaven for you; because you are kept by the power of God.

 

            2.   Its determination

 

Our perfect hope should result in a determination to live for the Lord.

 

Why is having a perfect hope necessary? because believers tend to allow their minds to dissipate on the trivialities of life.

 

Gird up the loins = Roll up your sleeves and take your coat off and go to work, Roll up your sleeves and get down to business. We must live as those who mean business with God. Its tense indicates that believers are to gird up their loins at once and without delay.

 

What they are to gird up, however, is the loins of your mind which clearly indicates that Peter is using a figure of speech to express himself. To gird up the loins of your mind, therefore, suggests that believers need to have their thinking straight. It suggests, Get your minds in gear. Their way of thinking must be Biblically accurate. The fact that your is plural and mind is singular suggests that all believers should have the same mind set. It recalls what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us and the reason He has done it. Therefore, when believers keep this straight in their thinking, they will not lose sight of what will happen in eternity future, even though they may be going through some difficulties in the present time.

 

Romans 12:1-21 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

Put out of your mind those things which will impede your growth in the Lord, e.g. things like worry, fear, jealousy, hate, unforgiveness, impurity, etc. We must determine to get rid of sin in our lives.

 

Put into your mind the things of the Lord. This is done through the study of the Word of God. We must determine to study the Word of God and then follow through on our determination.

 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

 

            3.   Its seriousness

 

Our perfect hope demands that we be serious with the Lord.

 

Be sober means be sober minded, be serious minded, be calm, be steady and controlled on all spiritual matters. It suggests while being free from every form of mental and spiritual drunkenness, while being free from excess, while being free from passion, while being free from rashness, or while being free from confusion. It implies while being well-balanced or while being self-controlled.

 

            4.   Its command

 

Our perfect hope is commanded of all of us by the Lord.

 

Hope to the end suggests hope to the nth degree, hope perfectly, hope completely, hope fully, or hope without reserve.

 

            5.   Its object

 

Our perfect hope is to be for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ

 

What believers are to hope for is the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

Grace is favor which is not deserved. Believers have already been given grace at the instant of their salvation. However, grace is used here in the sense of gift and refers to our inheritance, i.e. to our glorification.

 

This particular grace is going to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

In this case brought suggests produced.

 

At the revelation of Jesus Christ is at the unveiling of Jesus Christ, at the disclosure of Jesus Christ, or at the revealing of Jesus Christ. This means that Jesus Christ is the One Who will be revealed, unveiled, or disclosed. The same phrase is translated at the appearing of Jesus Christ in verse 7. It is Jesus Christ Who is going to be revealed. Although the same terminology is used in the book of Revelation to refer to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, in this verse it seems better to understand it as referring to the rapture. This grace that is to be brought unto us as believers at the revelation of Jesus Christ is the completion of our salvation.

 

Romans 8:28-30 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

 

Romans 8:18-23 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature [i.e. the deep desire hope of the entire creation, not including mankind] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God [i.e. suggests is eagerly awaiting the revelation of God’s glory in believers]. 20 For the creature [i.e. the creation] was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature [i.e. the creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage [i.e. the slavery] of corruption [i.e. the corruption brought about by Adam’s sin] into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 

  II.     WE SHOULD HAVE PERFECT LIVES – I Peter 1:14-16

 

I Peter 1:14-16 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

            1.   Its description

 

The description of our perfect lives begins in verse 14.

Verse 14 continues the idea begun in verse 13, indicating how believers should live, knowing that they have been saved and are going to spend eternity with the Lord. It is as obedient children. It is as children who are characterized by obedience. No parent wants to have children who are disobedient, and the Lord is no exception. As believers we should be obedient to the Lord and His Word.

 

Furthermore, Peter admonishes them with not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.

 

Not fashioning means not being formed like or not being molded after and suggests not being conformed to or not being guided by. The same Greek word is translated be not conformed to this world in Romans 12:2 .

 

Here the fashioning of themselves is not to be according to the former lusts in your ignorance.

 

According to suggests like.

 

Lusts is desires or longings. It is usually used in a bad sense. The former lusts suggests the wicked desires or cravings that they had earlier in time or in former times.

 

In your ignorance refers to the time when they did not know about salvation. It is prior to salvation when they were ignorant of what God had provided for them and also of their responsibility of living for Him. Thus, they are no longer to be molding their lives after their former wicked desires which they had as unbelievers.

 

            2.   Its standard

 

The standard of our perfect lives is the holiness of God.

 

I Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.

 

Verse 15 provides a strong contrast to what was stated in verse 14 and is introduced by but.

 

Believers are not to be living according to the former wicked desires which they had when they were unsaved; rather, they are to be living holy lives.

 

As is according as.

 

He which hath called you refers to God the Father, and hath called refers to the effectual call by which God drew these believers to himself and saved them.

 

He is described as being holy. It indicates that He is pure or that He is perfect. It means that He is set apart from everything that is wicked or sinful. God has absolutely no evil or wickedness in Him whatsoever. There never has been any evil in Him, and there never will be. He is the absolute standard for purity and holiness.

 

            3.   Its command

 

We are to commanded to be perfect in the way we live.

 

So be ye holy in all manner of conversation indicates that it is the believer’s obligation to be holy in every area of his life just as God is holy in His Person.

 

So be ye holy is an emphatic way of saying you also be holy. Just as God is holy, so believers are to be holy. When applied to men, holy means dedicated to God or sacred to God in the sense that they are to be set apart for God and His use. Inasmuch as it is used of the way in which we as believers are to be living, it refers to the purity of our lives.

 

            4.   Its extent

 

The extent of the perfect lives we are to be living is in all manner of conversation. This tells where we as believers are to be holy.

 

Conversation is a word which is no longer used in the same way it was used in the sixteenth century. Today we use conversation to describe our talk. However, here it means our walk, i.e. our way of life, conduct, or behavior.

 

In all manner of conversation is literally in every way of life or in all conduct. Thus, the standard for behavior in every area of the believer’s life is the standard of God’s character. It is a standard of absolute holiness. Our dedication to God should be such that we can write holy on everything we do, or we should stop doing it.

 

            5.   Its basis

 

The basis for believers living perfect lives is that God is holy.

 

I Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

In verse 16 Peter tells why believers should be holy in every area of their lives. It is because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

Because introduces a reason for what has been said in verse 15.

 

It is written is the translation of a verb whose tense indicates that its action has been completed in the past and the result of this action has continued on. It thus indicates an existing state. It is written is literally it has been written. Thus, it means that it was written down in the past and that it remains written down for us to read. It has been translated in a way which emphasizes the result of its action.

 

What has been written is Be ye holy, for I am holy.

 

It is a quotation from Leviticus 11:44-45 where the Lord said, Ye shall be holy, for I am holy.

 

Be is a command. It is not an option, nor is it a suggestion.

 

Ye refers to believers, all of whom are to be holy, meaning dedicated to God, sacred, or set apart for God and His use. Thus, in our behavior, we as believers are to be holy, pure, or perfect.

 

The reason believers are to be holy is because I am holy.

 

I, which refers to God, is used for emphasis; and am holy indicates that God is perfect in holiness. Believers should, therefore, be holy just like He is.

 

            6.   Its application

 

Living perfect lives based on the holiness of God must extend to every aspect of our lives, whether it is to our attitudes, our desires, or the things we do.

 

As we go through all of our lives, let’s see if we can write holy on them. If we can’t, then let’s do something else. Let’s change whatever we need to change to bring it into conformity to holiness before God.

CONCLUSION:

 

God is not finished with us yet. He has promised us an eternal inheritance in heaven. Meanwhile, we are to be living for Him. Let’s be doing it.