Summary: These past few weeks we have been listening to the Apostle Peter, a loving father who cares about his congregation. But his congregation is living in Exile. Scattered throughout the whole world, and he uses language like:
past: (co-elect, called, redeemed, a chosen race, a royal priesthood) and
future: inheritance, glory to be revealed, exaltation
BUT . . . Peter’s focus is not on these people’s past or future—the whole message is about the NOW. How to live. How to represent a Kingdom. To be citizens of a country that looks like no other country on earth.
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Pastor Peter talks about passions he does NOT say we should eliminate passion, but rather that we should not be tyrannized by it. We NEED passion—it just needs to be holy.
- Having senses dulled with drunkenness, stay wide awake in prayer
- Licentiousness (which denies the worth and dignity of a person), love that person
- Revelries (bring people together as a mob and reduce their individuality to the lowers common denominator), hospitality
- Carousing (which is wastefulness), be generous with what God has given us
- Idolatry (in which our attention is fixed on serving and adoring inferior objects), fix our attention on helping others, and serve them
that is Peter’s curriculum: prayer, love, hospitality, stewardship, service
So, where are you for those 167 hours between Sundays? Living in Exile gives us the perfect mindset to know how strange it feels to be a stranger, and the importance of living a life of holy love.
How can YOU?
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- One resource to investigate this topic of holiness is to view The Bible Project Holiness video. This organization provides videos to explain many topics and this particular video is 6:35 minutes. Just type that in, and you will see a link for the video.
- See Leviticus 11:44, 19:2. Everything about God is holy. True holiness includes justice, mercy, truth, and righteousness. To be holy is to be absolutely devoted to God in all that we do, demonstrating who he is to the world. Holiness surrounds God’s throne and we are seated with him in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). The Hebraic concept of holiness is “set apart”; that is, we are a people set apart for God, even as God is “set apart” from all gods. Grace has imbedded holiness into our lives, yet we are to make right choices and to yield to Christ and God’s Word as the Holy Spirit lives in us. Holiness is not merely actions we perform, but what we absorb and manifest as we live our lives in God’s presence. Christ is our holiness (1 Cor. 1:30) (Bible Gateway.com).
- Why would Peter remind Christians who were facing persecution that God is the Judge, and that they should live in fear: why might they be prone to self-righteousness?
- Read 1 Peter 4. How have you seen suffering change your own life for the better?
- How does the reality of judgment and Christ’s glory influence your daily behavior?
- Twice Pastor Peter gives the command to “love one another” (1:22, 4:8). How would you grade yourself on this command? What evidence could you give?