In this next paragraph of chatper 1 of Peter's epistle (1.13-21) we enter a new thought. Well, not an entirely new thought, but rather the working out of the Truth Peter just reminded his readers. We spent some time musing on what that inheritance is referring to in a post last week
Once he has reminded his readers of the importance of KNOWING THEIR INHERITANCE, he now begins to tell them it is important to KNOW THEIR MISSION. In other words, so what? What impact does the reality of this inheritance have on my daily living? That is precisely what Peter means to do by starting this paragraph with “Therefore.” Based on what I just said, now let me tell you what to do about this.
This paragraph contains three direct imperative verbs – three commands – which serve as the outline for this paragraph.
1.13 “set your hope fully”
1.15 “be holy”
1.17 “conduct yourself with fear”
There is much here and I cannot take time to review our 4 weeks of study so far in verse 13-16. But I do want to ask a couple of questions and recommend a couple resources.
What does it mean to “be holy for I am holy?” How is God Holy, what does that mean? And how am I to be holy like that? It certainly is declarative and positional, but here in this passage, as well as in the Lev 11, Lev 19 and Lev 22 passages from where the quote is taken, it is an imperative verb. It is a command to Be Holy. What does that mean?
And next, why is Peter now bringing up this call to holiness? What roles does our pursuit of holiness have to do with our ability to endure and honor God in trials?
For a more in depth look at this idea of God’s holiness and out call to be likewise holy, I recommend tow resources
Get a copy of Dr. Jerry Bridges excellent little book The Pursuit of Holiness
What do you think?
Grace to you,