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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #5
Posted: September 8, 2006

I PETER 1:13-16

Let us turn out study again this week to I Peter 1:13-16.  I have called the study of this book “The God Of All Suffering”.  Peter gives us great expositional thoughts about what to do in our dark hour of the soul.

Our study this week takes us into Chapter One and verses 13-16, which I have entitled “The Walk Of The Believer”.  Our text says, “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

In verse 15 we have our key when Peter mentions being holy in all ‘manner of conversation’.  Peter uses the word ‘conversation’ to describe our walk, manner of life and not our talk. 

May we look at these topics of study?  In verse 13 Peter deals with ‘The Mind of Our Walk’.  Peter uses the word ‘wherefore’ which means in view of the facts.  The facts are we are strangers in this world (Vs. 1) and face multiple troubles. (Vs. 6)  In light of this we need to ‘gird’ up the loins of our mind.  The word ‘gird’ was used to lift the bottom of the robe so it would not impede forward progress.  Peter is telling these believers to discard from their mind those things that would impede forward progress.  Things such as worry, fear, jealousy, hate, bitterness, impurity, and an unforgiving heart.  This is not a positive mental attitude.  I think I can, I think I can.  Ezekiel 36:26 tells us through the New Covenant God that will put His Spirit in us and cause us to walk right.  It is not me trying to think positive but yielding to the Holy Ghost and He produces in me the mind of Christ.

Once we are yielded to the Spirit He will produce in us the twofold change mentioned in verse 13.  We will be ‘sober’ in our minds.  The word ‘sober’ means calm and collective in spirit.  The word means temperate, circumspect, and self controlled.  We see the God who has the bigger picture and although we cannot see that picture we rest in the God of all suffering.  The second change seen in verse 13 is to ‘hope to the end’.  The phrase means confident expectations.  This confidence is not in the circumstances but in the particular grace that was revealed to us at the first revelation of Jesus Christ.  Grace, which is the ability to do and be, is our confidence in a time of suffering.  This will be true only if we have the Spirit filled mind set.

In verse 14 Peter deals with ‘The Masquerading of Our Walk’.  We are commanded in this verse not to ‘fashion’ ourselves according to our former life.  The word ‘fashion’ is to take on or assume an outward appearance.  It has the idea of being what one is not.  If we are truly saved and take on the costume of the world we are hiding our true identity as a child of God.  Peter says. ‘let us be obedient children’.  Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.  Oh, let us not tell the world with our mouth that we are a Christian and then deny it with our walk.

The third area of our study is found in verses 15-16 which I have entitled, ‘The Master of Our Walk’.  In verse 15 we have the word ‘as’ which in its root form means down or under the domination of.  We are instructed here to come under the domination of the pattern or likeness of Him who called us unto grace.  Peter tells us to ‘be ye holy’.  The phrase ‘be ye’ is not the verb being but becoming.  It is an entrance into a new state.  It means to be set apart to an inward work that will find outward expression.  If our Lord through His Spirit begins a new work in us, He will perform and complete that work.  I call this being ‘Mastered by the Master’. 

In verse 16 Peter used the phrase, ‘it is written’.  The meaning of this phrase is ‘it is in the record’.  In Leviticus 11 we are commanded to be a holy people.  The reason Peter says to be holy is because Christ said, “…for I am holy.”  The ‘I’ in this verse is intense and emphatic.  When we translate this straight from the Greek to English it would sound like this, “It is I, in contradiction to anyone else that is holy”.

I fear in my own life my actions do not tell with intensity my true identity, that Christ dwells in me.  My life in practice often denies that I am a Son of God.  I think suffering may only magnify this flaw.  Let us with great determination yield ourselves to the Sprit who produces holiness.