A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Be Holy”, 1Peter 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; 14) As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15) But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation; 16) Because it is written, Be ye Holy: for I Am Holy. Exodus 19:6. 17) 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: 18) 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; Ezekiel 20:18. 19) But with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Exodus 12:5; John 1:29. 20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Revelations 13:8. 21) Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him Glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Philippians 2:9. 22) Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the Truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. John 1:13; 1John 3:9. 24) For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25) But the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you. Luke 16:17. Amen.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v13-16, Be sober, be watchful against all spiritual dangers and enemies, and be temperate in all behavior. Holiness is the desire and duty of every Christian. It must be in all affairs, in every condition, and towards all people. Be sober minded in opinion, as well as in practice, and humble in your judgment of yourselves. A strong and perfect trust in the Grace of God, is agreeable with the best endeavors in our duty. We must especially watch and pray against the sins to which we are inclined. v17-25, Holy confidence in God as a Father and Judge, makes Him dear to us. If Believers do evil, God will visit them with corrections. The fearless man is defenseless, and Satan takes him captive at his will. The price paid for man’s redemption was the precious Blood of Christ. Not only openly wicked, but unprofitable conversation is highly dangerous, though it may plead (or be the norm) custom. The clearness of light, the supports of faith, the power of ordinances, are all much greater since Christ came upon earth, than they were before. The comfort is that being by faith made one with Christ, His present Glory is an assurance that where He is we shall be also, John 14:3. The soul must be purified before it can give up its own desires and indulgences. And the Word of God planted in the heart by the Holy Ghost, is a means of spiritual life, stirring up to our duty, working a total change in the dispositions and affections of the soul, till it brings us to eternal life. In contrast the natural man’s life in it’s fall is like grass, the flower of grass, which soon withers and dies away. We should hear, and thus receive and love, the Holy, Living Word, and rather hazard (give up) all (the world) than lose it.
More to come and God Bless You.