ACCEPT A CHALLENGING STANDARD
1 Peter 1:13-25Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â March 11 2007
.Peter wrote this letter to several congregation in
what is now Turkey. These believers were
undergoing persecution . This persecution probably
did not come from the authorities but from their
neighbors who misunderstood the nature of the
Many false rumors circulated about Christians.
They sometimes were accused of weakening
families. After all , family stresses did arise when
one family member trusted Jesus as Savior and other
did not . This stress was particularly acute when a
wife trusted Christ and not her husband. Christians in
some places were accused of cannibalism. Did they
not meet weekly to eat the flesh of a man
(misunderstanding of the Lord’s Supper)?And other
claimed Christians participated in immoral and ever
incestuous activities (misunderstanding of the
“love feast” of fellowship meal that
often accompanied the Lord’s Supper).
Peter reminded these believers they were called to
live as those set apart to God’s Service. Their live
were to exhibit a total transformation from the
pagan lifestyle they had know prior to meeting Jesus
Christ. If they simply lived so as to reflect the
holiness of their Savior and God, they would put
all such slanders to rest.
1. Call to Holiness (1 Pet. 1:13-16)
1Pet. 1:13Â Â Therefore, prepare your minds for action;
be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to
be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1:14Â Â As
obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires
you had when you lived in ignorance. 1:15Â Â But just as
he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 1:16
for it is written: â€œBe holy, because I am holy.â€
Prepare. . . For Action. The first of a long series of
exhortations (actually imperatives) that end at
(1PET.5:11). This one is a graphic call for action. In
the language of the first century it meant that the
reader should literally gather up his long, flowing
garments and be ready for physical action. Grace to
be given you. The final state of complete
blessedness and deliverance from sin. Peter later
indicates that a major purpose of this letter is to
encourage and testify regarding the true grace of God
Children. Christians, born into the family of God
(1 Pet.1:23), are children of their heavenly Father
(1Pet.1:17) and can pray, â€œOur Father in heavenâ€
(Mt 6:9). Believers are also described as being
adopted into Godâ€™s family (Ro 8:15 ).
Be Holy , because I am Holy. To be holy is to be set
apart â€”set apart from sin and impurity, and set
apart to God. The complete moral perfection of
God, whose eyes are too pure to look on evil with
favor (Hab 1:13), should move his people to strive
for moral purity. 1 Peter is a letter of practical
earnestness, filled with exhortations and
2. Reason For Holiness (1 Pet. 1:17-21)
1Pet. 1:17Â Â Since you call on a Father who judges each
manâ€™s work impartially, live your lives as strangers
here in reverent fear. 1:18Â Â 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 forefathers, 1:19Â Â but with the
precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or
defect. 1:20Â Â He was chosen before the creation of the
world, but was revealed in these last times for your
sake. 1:21Â Â Through him you believe in God, who raised
him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith
and hope are in God.
Impartially. (Ro 2:11; Jas 2:1). Strangers. (1PET. 1:1).
Reverent Fear. Not terror, but wholesome reverence
and respect for God, which is the basis for all godly
living (Pr 1:7; 8:13; 16:6).
Redeemed. In the Bible, to redeem means to free
someone from something bad by paying a penalty, or
a ransom ( Ex 21:30 ;Â Ex 13:13). Likewise, in the
Greek world slaves could be redeemed by the payment
of a price, either by someone else or by the slave
himself. Similarly, Jesus redeems believers from the
â€œcurse of the lawâ€ (Gal 3:13) and â€œall wickednessâ€
(Tit 2:14). The ransom price is not silver or gold, but
Christâ€™s blood (Eph 1:7; 1Pe 1:19; Rev 5:9),Â his death
(Mt 20:28; Mk 10:45; Heb 9:15) or Christ himself
(Gal 3:13). The result is the â€œforgiveness of sinsâ€
(Col 1:14) and â€œjustificationâ€ (Ro 3:24; ). Empty
Way Of Life. . . From Your Forefathers. Some maintain
that the recipients must have been pagans because
the NT stresses the emptiness of pagan life (Ro 1:21;
Eph 4:17). Others think they were Jews since Jews
were traditionalists who stressed the influence of
the father as teacher in the home. In the light of the
context of the whole letter, probably both Jews and
Gentiles are addressed.
Lamp. The OT sacrifices were types (foreshadowings)
of Christ, depicting the ultimate and only effective
sacrifice. Thus Christ is the Passover lamb (1Co 5:7),
who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29).
Without Blemish or Defect. (Heb 9:14).
Chosen. Some think the Greek for this word means
â€œforeknown,â€ i.e., God knew before creation that it
would be necessary for Christ to redeem man
( Rev 13:8), but he has revealed Christ in these last
times. Others interpret the word as meaning that in
eternity past God chose Christ as Redeemer. These
Last Times.Â (Ac 2:17; 1Ti 4:1; 2Ti 3:1; Heb 1:1;
3. Expression Of Holiness(1 Pet.1:22-25)
1Pet. 1:22Â Â Now that you have purified yourselves by
obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your
brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1:23
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but
of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of
God. 1:24Â Â For, Â Â Â â€œAll men are like grass, and all their
glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers
and the flowers fall, 1:25Â Â but the word of the Lord
stands forever.â€ And this is the word that was preached
Sincere Love. ( Ro 12:9). Love one another. A
command no doubt based on (Jn 13:34-35).
(1Th 4:9-10), where, like Peter, Paul commends
his readers for their love of fellow believers and
then urges them to love still more. Deeply. Fervently.
Born again. . . Through the. . . Word of God. The new
birth comes about through the direct action of the
Holy Spirit (Tit 3:5), but the word of God also plays
an important role ( Jas 1:18), for it presents the
gospel to the sinner and calls on him to repent and
believe in Christ (1Pet.1:25). Perishable Seed. . .
Imperishable. In this context the seed is doubtless
the word of God, which is imperishable, living and
The Word. . . Stands Forever. The main point of the
quotation here. Therefore. Connects the exhortations
that follow with (1 Pet.1:23-25); compare â€œborn
againâ€ (1 Pet.1:23) with â€œnewborn babiesâ€ (1Pet.2:2).
The word “holiness” has almost disappeared from
the contemporary vocabulary. Consequently the
word sounds quaint and archaic to our ears. Make no
mistake, however. Peter’s first readers were no more
naturally inclined to focus on holy living than is our
For this reason , the apostle proceeded to explain
to his readers why they were to live holy lives.
Christians are to holy lives because of the nature of
our salvation. Our salvation calls us to holy living due
to four distinct truths.
First our salvation calls us to holy living because
of the nature of God who saved us.
Secondly , our salvation calls us to live in holiness
Because we have been redeemed.
Thirdly our salvation calls us to live holy lives
because of the splendor of God’s action on our behalf
in Christ. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our
sins was no afterthought on God’s part.
Fourthly our salvation calls us to holy lives
because of the power of God who saved us. God raised
Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to Glory.