In 1 Peter 1:14-25, Peter explains that the gospel gives us a living hope that ought change every aspect of our lives. Just as the Olympic athletes change their values, their goals, their actions, their words and their daily routines in light of their Olympic goals, so the gospel ought to change us.
Trials force us to ask the basic life questions like: Who or what am I counting on? Where will I find life? What is the right thing to do? What do I value? Trials test our faith – that is whether we believe the promises of the gospel. Peter said in 1 Peter 1:3-13 that persevering in faith and remaining steadfast through trials is more precious than gold. Now, in light of the fact that we have this hope and we live in this time after the resurrection, he explains how our lives change.
Peter makes this connection between how what we believe changes our lives 3 different ways:
- As believers we understand God is morally holy and we are called to be like Him (1 Peter 1:14-16).
- Since our salvation came at the great cost of Christ’s blood, we should take our salvation seriously and love God with all our hearts (1 Peter 1:17-21).
- We should commit ourselves the project of loving the people of God and longing for more of His word (1 Peter 1:22-25).
- 1 Peter 1:13 transitions from what we believe to the difference it makes. He says: get serious, soberly remember what you are hoping for and let that hope fully inform your daily choices.
- Faith teaches us that God is holy and we are to be like Him in holiness. Things that are holy are set apart to belong to God and marked as His.
- Peter quotes a phrase that shows up in Leviticus 11:44-45; and 19:2.
- God gave Israel rituals in the Old Testament laws that illustrate the difference between clean and unclean, holy and profane.
- The rituals reminded the Jews that not everything is clean and what belongs to God ought to be clean.
- As believers, we now understand the atoning work of Christ. That knowledge changes the way we live.
- In this context, the one I fear is the one who’s opinion I care most about and value above all others.
- The mercy God showed His people came at great personal cost. Sin is a big problem that required a costly solution.
- To realize where we stand with God is the most important thing in this life and we ought to live and act as if that is true.
- To live in fear of God is to take the gospel seriously and understand that we were bought at great cost and respond accordingly.
- From the beginning, God intended that Christ would come and we are privileged to live in the time after that has happened.
- If I believe the gospel, then I ought to recognize I am bonded to other believers in a profound way. We share the same hope, the same Father and we strive toward the same things in this life.
- Loving God means loving what He loves which includes His people.
- In 1 Peter 1:22, “love one another earnestly” is not to love emotionally, but to make it endure and remain steadfast, even when it’s not easy.