1 Peter 1:22-23
I. The audience
A. “Pilgrims of the Dispersion” and the “elect” (1 Peter 1:1-2)
B. Christians who have “purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit” (1 Peter 1:22; Acts 2:40; 2:38)
II. The result of obedience: sincere love of the brethren
A. Philadelphia (brotherly love)
B. Sincere – unfeigned (KJV), without hypocrisy (Romans 12:9; James 3:17), genuine (2 Timothy 1:5)
C. Love (philadelphia) leads to love (agape)
D. Fervently – earnestly (Luke 22:44)
E. Having been born again (1 Peter 1:23; 1:3)
III. How do we show love to the brethren?
A. Selflessly elevate one another (Romans 12:10, 15)
B. Defer to another’s wishes or prejudices (Romans 14:1-3)
C. Help spiritually and physically (Galatians 6:10; 6:1-2)
D. Forgive (Matthew 6:14-15; Ephesians 4:32)
Day 154/260: Read 1 Peter 1
Peter writes, “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’”
Why are Christians different from the world? Because the child of God has “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” Those who are of the world do not have that same hope of future heavenly riches.
How are Christians different from the world? Are we making it up as we go along? Or does God provide inspired instructions of how to live holy like Him? “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.”
We live different because we have the hope of an incorruptible inheritance in eternity; we love different because we have faithfully obeyed His enduring Word.
Are you living and loving as Christ lived and loved?
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
Matthew 26:28. “For this is the blood of the new ______________, which is shed for many for the ______________ of sins.”
Pray for strength through the various trials and griefs of this life; pray for guidance in living holy as God calls you to live.
1 Peter 1:13-16
I. OUR CONDUCT MUST DEPICT THE HOLINESS OF CHRIST
A. Christians are not only expected to be holy; we are commanded to be holy (Hebrews 12:14)
B. To be holy is to be different from the world (1 Peter 1:13-16)
C. Christians are a part of “a holy priesthood” and “a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10)
D. The world opposes holiness (1 Peter 4:1-4)
II. THE SCRIPTURES HELP US TO BE HOLY AS GOD IS HOLY
A. Psalm 1:1-2 – Be careful where you walk, stand, and sit; and meditate on the Word
B. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 – Be on guard against temptation and look for God’s way of escape
C. 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Choose your closest friends wisely
D. 2 Timothy 2:22 – Run away from sin, and run toward righteousness, faith, love, and peace
E. 1 John 1:9 – Confess and ask for forgiveness to be cleansed, justified, made holy and set apart (cf. Psalm 103:2)
F. Romans 12:1-2 – Fully committed to God’s will as a living sacrifice
G. Philippians 3:12-16 – We are on a journey to eternity