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1 Peter – Call to Action 1 Peter 1:13a

26 Mar
Photo Credit: walkwithjesusonline.com

Photo Credit: walkwithjesusonline.com

Scripture Text

1 Peter 1:13 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;

Introduction – Wherefore (As a Result of)

Peter has told us thus far that all our hope rests on the finished work of Jesus. (The shedding of blood, death & resurrection) Only through Christ can we have access to God.  As a result of being saved from destruction we should honor God by our obedience.

To start Peter uses a phrase they would be very familiar with “girding up the loins”; this was a practice of preparing to go to work.  A person would take their long garment, gather it together and tie or bind it so they could move more freely.  Today we might say “get your work clothes on”.  Peter is saying now that Jesus has saved you it is time to get to work.

Verse 13 – A Command and an Action

We start by preparing the mind.  We have talked about this before; the mind is where all actions begin.  Peter wants us to prepare to work for Jesus by first getting our mind on what we are doing.  We give this same advice in everyday life.  When we see someone make a simple mistake we might say “you need to focus and get your mind on your work”.  This is exactly what Peter is expressing; in our labor for Jesus we need to get our mind on our work.

He adds the words “be sober”.  This phrase has more than one meaning and unfortunately for us the first thing that comes to our mind is not what Peter is saying.  Sober, to us, usually means not drunk.  The use of the word here in the Greek means to be calm, cool and collected.  We are to strive to be temperate, not having wild mood swings.  If we are falling short here then it is time for us to get busy; this is the goal we are to be laboring for. Some of us might have a little work to do, and for others, we might have a lot of work to do.

Hope to the End

The next part of verse 13 is “hope to the end”.  There are two distinct thoughts here: first is the word “hope” and the second part is “to the end” relating to perseverance.  Hope is a state of mind.  How do we see the world?  Are we hopeful or doubtful?  Do we see the good in things or do we just see despair?   Do we allow our faith in Jesus to pick us up or do we just shake our head and say “what’s the use”?  The first part, “hope”, is a state of mind; the second part, “to the end”, is a continuing action exercising hope.  We will finish this thought next time.

Until Night,

A Servant

 

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4 responses to “1 Peter – Call to Action 1 Peter 1:13a

  1. SLIMJIM

    March 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I love the flow from God’s truth of the Gospel that leads to action; as Christians we see the wonder of works flowing from God’s grace, and not the other way around of human works to earn God’s grace; what a great and gracious God we serve!

     
    • A Servant

      March 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      I was thinking about your post this afternoon. To get to the heart of the matter we must consider the author, who they are writing to, what is said before and after the verse and what the bible consistently says about the subject. I appreciated the challenge to this type of study. I didn’t comment on your post, you had another commenter that seemed like they may be trying to stir the pot. Perhaps I was wrong.

       
      • SLIMJIM

        March 28, 2014 at 4:38 am

        Ah, yes; our blog is read by dear brothers in the faith, some who disagree concerning the question of whether or not Israel will come to salvation and have a role in the future before Christ return (Dispensationalism vs. Covenantal Theology). I do think a proper reading of Scripture will reveal that God is not done with Israel yet. I hope it wasn’t discouraging over at my last wordpress post and it seems to me knowing all the party involved in that discussion (all of them I’ve dialogued with for a few years now), they are trying their best to be civil; both sides love the Lord. And are passionate too with their conviction. =)

         
        • A Servant

          March 28, 2014 at 8:04 am

          No, not discouraging. When I read the post I wanted to commend the challenge to study scripture. (That was the basis of your post). When I went down to do so I saw those who chose to make your post an opportunity to insert their pet beliefs. (1st impression)
          As you said, had I known them the impression would have been different I’m sure.

           

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