Be Holy 1 Peter 1:13-25 HCSB Sept. 11, 2016
Some religious groups emphasize being holy more than Baptists do; they may even have
the word holy in their formal name, but usually they put their stress on a person’s choice of activities. Baptists believe in holiness very much, but our emphasis is upon the fact that our holiness comes from the Lord. We cannot make ourselves holy by our lifestyle unless we have committed our life to Christ. The choices of our activities should be prompted by the Lord. I do not do some things and go some places because of my life being submitted to Christ, but my actions don’t make me a Christian. Christ does! Therefore I have a desire to Be Holy.
1. Be Holy and . . Obedient. 1 Pet. 1:13-16
A. Holy Obedience is evident in our . . Desires. v 13-14
13 Therefore, get your minds ready for action, being self-disciplined, and set your hope completely on the
grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance
B. Holy Obedience is evident in our . . Discipline. v 15
15 but, as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct;
16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.
If a person has a desire to be holy it is prompted by a proper relationship to the Lord Jesus. We have changed lives. If a person before becoming a Christians smoked, drank, and frequented bars and clubs, as a Christian they should have allowed Christ to help them clean up their life. You should have a definite difference in your lifestyle when you claim to be a Christian. Now it may take some time to get your life cleaned up although some do it immediately with the Lord’s help. As a new Christian I was having trouble stopping the habit of smoking. Another Christian told me to put a New Testament in my shirt pocket and when I desired a smoke read a verse of scripture instead. It greatly helped. Booze was not as big a problem for me because my dad was an alcoholic and I had his bad example plus the desire to please the Lord.
2. Be Holy and . . Reverent. 1 Pet. 1:17-21
A. Holy Reverence is evident in our . . Conduct. v 17-18
17 And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one's work, you are to
conduct yourselves in reverence during this time of temporary residence.
18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things, like silver or gold,
B. Holy Reverence is evident in the . . Cause of our Salvation. v 19-21
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the times for you
21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
The conduct of a Christian should make a definite change in one’s life style. It is beautiful to notice the
change Christ makes. One verse about a new Christian says, “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, all things have become new”. I love to see that difference in their conduct and know the change was caused by Christ and His salvation. Do you note the text shares our salvation is caused by the work of Christ. It is caused by Him shedding His blood on Calvary. Our redemption is His work and not our works. We can live a holy and reverent life only because of what He has done.
3. Be Holy and . . Compassionate. 1 Pet.:1:22-25
A. Holy and Compassionate from your . . Enduring New Birth. v 22-23
22 By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
23 since you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God.
B. Holy and Compassionate from the . . Enduring Word of God. v 24-25
24 For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached as the gospel to you.
Have you noticed the churches that lead other people to salvation in Christ are churches that really show compassion. They do not show what is called a social gospel but a Saving Gospel. Their activities are based on the Living Word of God which is based on the new birth and the eternal salvation in the plan of God. God’s Word and plans endure for ever and encourage us to Be Holy. Amen? Amen! (To check for a more detailed outline. Go to: http://www.preachhim.org/SundaySchoolIndex.html)