A Commentary On I Peter 1:13-16

March 11, 2015

                                  Commentary on I peter 1:13-16

Before reading this article please open your Bible to I Peter chapter one.

Loins girded up

Oriental men most often wore a robe. It served its purpose well, but when they wanted to run or do some work it was a hindrance. To solve that problem they always carried a belt in a pocket of the robe. It was to gird up the robe so it wouldn’t hinder them. Just as the robe could be girded up, our minds also need to be girded up at times. Sometimes we are what we call “scatter brained.” We let our mind wander in uncontrolled thoughts. Peter is asking his readers to get their thoughts together and give some serious consideration to what he wants to tell them. There are things in life to which we need to give serious consideration.

Be sober

The literal sense in which we use these words is to be free from the effects of alcoholic beverages. We can’t talk seriously with some people until they are sober. It appears as though Peter had something else in mind when he used this expression in this verse. Some people almost never talk about spiritual things without a chuckle. They don’t take them very seriously. With these words, Peter is also preparing his readers to give serious consideration to what he wants to tell them.

Hope to the end

Peter wants to tell us about the manifestation of the grace of God that will accompany the revelation of Jesus Christ. The end, no doubt, is the end of our earthly life. It is a time when we shall see Christ and know him in a way we can’t know him in this life. The grace of God speaks of God’s unmerited favor. It is what God has done for us that he was under no obligation to do. We, in no way, merit what God has done for us. At the time in the future that Peter is talking about, we will have a fuller manifestation of all that God has done for us. Before Jesus left this earth he said in John 14:2 “I go to prepare a place for you.” Even in our wildest imagination we can’t comprehend what that place will be like. What more is included in the grace of God? We will have to wait and see.

As obedient children

Parents want their children to be obedient. Our Heavenly Father wants us to be obedient also. Obedient children take heed to, and do what their parents expect of them.

We are not to fashion ourselves according to the former lusts of our ignorance. In another portion of the Bible we see that God’s people should be different. Romans 12:2 says, “Be not conformed to this world.” In Titus 2:14 and I Peter 2:9 we learn that God’s people are to be “a peculiar people.” We don’t need to put on an excessive outward display to be different. Just being God’s obedient children will make us peculiar people. The people of the world should be able to see a dramatic difference in those who are the children of God. God’s people are different from the people of this world because they take their cues from God’s Word and march to the beat of a different drum.

Before becoming a part of God’s family we were ignorant of many things. We felt no guilt about the way we lived because we were “conformed to this world.” The Apostle Paul says in II Corinthians 5:17 that should change when we become a child of God. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

There are things that should be made new for the child of God. He should have a new purpose for living. He now lives to bring glory to God. (Ephesians 1:12) He will have new goals in life. (II Timothy 2:4, Philippians 3:14) There should be evidence of a change of attitude. (Colossians 3:1-20

Be ye holy

Peter tells us that since our God is holy, we too should be holy. Most commentaries say that the word “conversation” should be translated “behavior.” By our behavior we should manifest that we are a child of God. We should be like God. We will never be perfect, but we should pattern our life after what we know about God by reading the Bible.


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