1 Peter 1:13-17
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.”17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.
This passage is a call to holiness. Unfortunately holiness has gotten a bad rap over the years. We equate it with religious legalism and outdated fundamentalism. Nothing could be further from the truth! Being holy is being like God. “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.” Being holy means to be set apart from one thing and dedicated to a new thing. We are to be set apart from our old life of selfishness, independence and darkness. We are to be dedicated to our new life in Christ, a life of dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a life of walking in Jesus’ light. Peter exhorts us to do this with alert minds that are focused on the eternal reality of Christ’s coming revelation and on all the grace that is going to be brought to us in Christ. We are to be heavenly minded so that we can be earthly good! God’s desire for all believers is that in our daily lives and in the community of the Church, we pursue His holiness and live with God as our audience.
Praying with you and for you,
When it comes to this issue of salvation and a new start and a transformation by grace; it is almost as if God gives us an instanstaneous zap when we put our faith in Jesus Christ. In fact Ephesians chapter 2 tells us the very moment we reach out to God in faith; that very moment grace transforms us. Our eternity is changed and life becomes new because we experience the very life of Jesus Christ. Grace can change anything!All Sermons by JP Jones