A Message of Hope – 1 Peter 1:13-17

This Sunday, we will return to our series in 1 Peter, picking up where we left off in verse 13. In the previous 12 verses Peter has been encouraging the scattered, persecuted believers in Asia Minor by reminding them of their eternal inheritance in Christ Jesus. We now come to verse 13 where Peter begins with the word, “therefore.” This word indicates to the reader that the following instructions or commands are to be taken in light of or because of the previous actions that God has done. In other words, because of the great work of Jesus Christ on the cross in shedding His blood for our sins and purchasing our eternal salvation (described in verses 1-12), the Holy Spirit through Peter is calling us to live in a manner keeping with the greatness of our salvation. Paul uses the same phrasing in his writing to the believers in Rome (Romans 12:1), which follows 11 chapters celebrating God’s great work of salvation.

This week, as we look at verses 13-17, Peter reminds us that we are now obedient children and therefore should walk in obedience. He gives us the highest of all commands by telling us that we should be “holy in all our conduct.” How are we, as children of God, to understand how to keep such a prodigious command while we yet live in these “bodies of death” (Romans 7:24)? The answer is given in verse 13 where we are instructed to “fix our hope fully upon the grace…” This is what makes the “Therefore” of verse 13, and the previous 12 verses, so important for us; we can do nothing in and of ourselves; we must do all things in view of what He has done on our behalf, and in the power of the strength that He provides by the Holy Spirit.

Prepare your hearts this week by meditating on the first 12 verses of 1 Peter chapter 1, and do a bible word search on the word hope. Keeping in mind of course that whatever we do, it should be done to the glory of God.

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