1 PETER 1:13-19

STUDY OF 1 PETER 1:13-19

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:13-19

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind” meaning to prepare for work or action.

Everyday is another opportunity to give, share, and live out the Salvation that we have in Christ, Peter said it best in Acts 3:6 ” …Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you…” while the world is looking for worldly possessions to cure their problems, there is a promise that was made to each individual if they call out to Jesus (Romans 10:9) and carry their cross (Luke 14:27) they will be saved, not a doubt or maybe but will be saved from the damnation of the second death, which is Hell. To strive toward the prize ( “I press on toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14) may we set our focus on Him & Him alone in all that we do to please Him and not man.

“…be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”)

As the traveller, the racer, the warrior for Christ, we must be watchful against all spiritual dangers. ” be sober-minded; be watchful. The devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation.

“…As obedient children’s not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.”

Why visit the same place that which you were called out of the instant you called on Christ when He delivered you out of the snare that was set before you? ” like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.” – Proverbs 26:11 ” … No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62. The past is the past, it no longer speaks because the blood speaks and says “its dead!” As God has given us a free will in life just as Eve took the bite of the apple, which determined their fate when Adam chose to give in as well, wanting to know the knowledge of God; the enemy who has many disguises slithered into the garden and spoke a lie. we too can determine our fate for what we indulge in that is not of God; everyday is a choice.

“… But as he which hath called you is holy, so be holy in all matter of conversation. Because it is written, be holy: for I am holy.

The incarnate God, who stepped down from His holy habitation to dwell with mankind, to live a sinless life so that He could be offered up as a sacrifice; a spotless lamb without blemish or wrinkle so that we may have life and life abundantly. Holiness is the desire and duty of every Christian. Without holiness there is no purity and where no purity there lyes a vessel that is corrupted in which cannot be used of God.

“…And if you call on the father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every mans work, pass the time sojourning here in fear  “

Since Salvation is not through good works of man, only by grace, through faith in Jesus, most religious organizations are working themselves to death. The Mormon’s who have followed one man’s lie of salvation attained through works ” beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” – Matt. 7:15. salvation is both obtained and maintained by grace (sanctification). Not LAW! We are free from the law. We are to please God, not man.

The conversation between Jesus and the rich young ruler in Mt 19:16-26 should forevermore settle the question of salvation by works. The young ruler asked Jesus, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Jesus explained that salvation being awarded for our personal goodness would entail loving others to the same degree as we love ourselves. Can anyone truly claim to have met this condition? In the case of the rich man, satisfaction of the condition required that he sell all he had and give it to the poor. Even the disciples of Jesus found themselves under conviction after hearing of this rigorous standard of goodness, and they responded by asking, Who then can be saved? The Lord’s response unequivocally settles the issue of salvation by works for all eternity: With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. The works system is a self-destructive means of salvation when applied to depraved man.

“…forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers”

The high call for godly living makes sense in light of the price that was paid for our redemption. We weren’t saved by the precious blood of Jesus to then live as if we were garbage.  Peter describes a justification by law way of thinking as vain conversations. It seems to have an aim – gaining merit before God by works – but it is in fact vain because it cannot succeed.

 “…but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 

 Peter here speaks in reference to the completely sinless character of Jesus. If He was not without blemish and without spot, He would not have been qualified to be our Redeemer.

 

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“For He is Good”

Nothing can satisfy the entire man but the Lord’s love, and the Lord’s own self. To embrace our Lord Jesus, to dwell in His love, and be fully assured of union with Him this is all in all. Dear reader, you need not try other forms of life in order to see whether they are better than the Christian’s: if you roam the world around, you will see no sights like a sight of the Saviour’s face; if you could have all the comforts of life, if you lost your Saviour, you would be wretched; but if you win Christ, you would find it a paradise; should you live in obscurity, or die with famine, you will yet be satisfied with favor, and full of the goodness of the Lord. – Charles Spurgeon

God’s love for humanity cannot be understood in the mind of those who has already accepted Him only by looking at the Cross. Henry Ward Beecher describes it best. ” Love in the soul is like perfume in the garments. Heat cannot melt it nor cold freeze it, nor the winds blow it away going forth or coming home, it scatters itself but is not wasted; it is forever going but never gone. And the love of God shed abroad in the soul surpasses all fragrance, in inexhaustible diffusiveness.

Are you infatuated with His love?

2 Chronicles 5:13,14
13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.”

I find myself in question for those who don’t allow for God to embellish them in His presence. Is it because of a trial that has overtook your life so that we place your our trumpet on the ground? It’s only when we raise our voice to the Heaven’s when we find the room filled with His glory.

You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit. – Job 10:12

The Right Kind of Sacrifice

1st key in allowing God to have full potential for Him to Work in your life is to surrender.

>Surrender

Ephesians 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

“Against”

– In a war there is an opposing force that is trying to win as much as you are.

Every soldier in war was to carry a white handkerchief or a white material in case they were ever in a situation that they could not get out of.

– When was the last time you were in a situation that you couldn’t get out of? Did you win by yourself?

– We are the only soldiers who win by losing, by giving up, by raising our hands and saying “I can’t do this”

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Genesis 4: 3-7

“In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

– “It’s not what we surrender but it”s how we bring it to Him.”

We are beginning to see the effects of sin in the earliest days of the human race. God is warning Cain that if he does not surrender the right kind of offering there will be a desire that will be waiting for him.

> Abel chose the right sacrifice, a living, breathing animal to God.

As we all know at this time of human life, a living sacrifice was not yet demanded. But as we look closer into what Abel and Cain brought to God, there begins to be more about it than what meets the eye. For instance, Abel brought to the Lord an animal. Think of the times if you have ever had a pet or had lived on a farm or better yet if you have had neither of these experiences in your life of raising an animal or having a pet. Just go back to that time and try to put yourself in Abel’s shoes. Where your animals were precious; it wasn’t like today’s society of where you could go to a grocery store and purchase what you want.

{He took what he didn’t want to kill.}

Hebrews 11:4

“By faith Abel offered up a more excellent sacrifice than Cain”

It’s not easy surrendering what we think is precious or the pet sin that God tries to shake out of our life, it’s only by human instinct to keep what we don’t need. Sometimes we give up and let God have it, and most times we don’t. God instructs us that “we must rule over it.” But how?

– Cain shortly finds out that the sacrifice was not what was brought, but how it was brought.

> Cain chose the easy route, produce. It’s clear that this was an “easy” sacrifice to God but as we read on, Cain soon finds out…

“God was looking on the heart the attitude of the worshiper-rather than at the specifics of his offering. Even in worship man is capable of deviant behavior and attitudes.” – “Preacher’s Commentary”

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– We have a responsibility to learn to depend on Him. As we grow older we are to mature in Christ.

So…

1] where does your help come from?

2 ] Is your sacrifice given to God, is it by faith?

2 ] Who is it that is strengthening you?

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

It is when we rely on self for the strength when we fall out-of-place and that the potential is clouded with obstacles.

Mark 12:41-44

And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

God is wanting us to depend on Him more and more, as these year’s pass there will be tribulations on this Earth. The sooner we learn to give what needs to be given the more we will understand the promise of God.

 

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Fan or Follower? Part 1

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PART 1
” The Follower”

So many times we can find ourselves becoming a fan of Jesus instead of a follower of Jesus.

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The concept of a forerunner runs throughout the Bible. We could say that Adam was a forerunner, as well as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, and of course, Christ. Notice that each of these forerunners had followers—their firstfruits. Adam had Eve and their sons and daughters that followed them. Noah had his wife and family. Abraham had Sarah and Lot, and later were added Ishmael and Isaac, and then Jacob and his children. Moses had Aaron and Miriam and then all the children of Israel. Elijah led to Elisha. John the Baptist proclaimed the coming of Christ, who called His disciples—us.
Definition of follower – Habitually follow regardless of the price, even to death. Not just when it is convenient, easy and popular.
Q: What does it mean to be a follower of Christ?
From the chapter of Matthew 4 we find out that as Jesus was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fisherman. And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
A: We must surrender ALL
There is a cost
Peter and Andrew paid that cost.
Sacrificing what they had for the cause of Christ.
These men who had their own life and their own way of doing things, fishing was their way of life. But when the master had walked by they saw Him and immediately left with no hesitations of coming back.
What was it like? What appealed to these men as if He was no ordinary man who Peter and Andrew would just stop what they were doing and become a follower? We must to answer this question to ourselves. There is no life outside of Christ that is fulfilling. We all have been on that other side of the fence, and as for me speaking, it was horrible. We must deny ourselves daily.

~ Matthew 16:24 ~

{The “if” Problem}

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me”.

These words are hard to swallow some days, when the flesh is fighting with your spirit. The fame that puts the spot light on ourselves that forms the pride that comes before destruction is a dangerous circumstance that we can find ourselves in at some points in our life if we are not careful.

He didn’t say “…If anyone could come after me”, it’s not that it’s impossible to be with Him but only “if” we are willing. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” Mark 14″38

What we, ourselves want out of this life, will be only through Him, to follow Him with everything. While some choose to be a fan of Him that would follow Him “if” they would deny themself.

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“…And from there He called the other disciples and began to teach and proclaiming the Gospel”

Peter and Andrew were not the only disciples He had. From the instant Jesus called Peter and Andrew He began to teach and preach in the synagogues. Which led to more disciples along the way.

Q: How do we deny ourselves?

A: To not rely on ourselves

We must walk by faith and not by sight.

WHO ARE YOU FOLLOWING?

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