I Peter 1:15-17

April 1, 2015

I Peter 1:17-25

A commentary is an accumulation of thoughts and conclusions drawn from a text of Scripture.

  1. 17

If we pray to God, then we should pass our sojourn here in fear.  We can’t expect to receive what we ask of the Father if we aren’t pleasing him.  Fear, as it is used here in the Bible, often means reverence.  A sojourn is a temporary residence.  It is like a motel where we stay while we are in a certain town.  Our time here on earth is just a sojourn in comparison to our eternity in heaven.

God judges without respect of persons.  He is just.  He knows us perfectly; even better than we know ourselves.  We can’t hide anything from him.  The clause, “Who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work” is inserted here to describe God the Father.

  1. 18

Verses 18-21 gives us the reason for why we should pass our sojourn here in fear.    We should have gratitude to God for what he has done for us.  He redeemed us at a great price.  The word “redeemed” means to pay a ransom.  It is to buy back.

Gold and silver are perishable in that they won’t be with us forever.  We can’t take them to heaven with us. Gold and silver are normally used in the redemption of captives. Our salvation came at a price that couldn’t be paid with gold and silver.  Nothing less than the blood of God’s own Son was able to purchase our redemption.

The word “conversation,” when it is used in the Bible, nearly always speaks of our manner of life.  It was a manner of life that was passed on to us by tradition from our parents.  It is a vain manner of living.  We won’t get any eternal rewards for living that way.

  1. 19

Christ was the perfect Lamb of God.  He is introduced to us in John 1:29 He was the only one good enough to make a sacrifice that would atone for our sins

  1. 20

Christ’s death was no accident.  It was planned before the foundation of the world.  That goes far beyond what we can comprehend.

  1. 21

The resurrection of Christ confirms for us that his sacrifice was accepted by God the Father. There was no miracle in Christ’s death, but his resurrection was by divine intervention. The resurrection of Christ is mentioned several times in the book of Acts.  It gave the early disciples confirmation that their faith was not in vain.

  1. 22

Our soul is contaminated.  It is purified to the extent that we obey the truth.  A purified soul manifests itself by unfeigned love for the brethren.  Love out of a pure heart means that it is done without expecting anything in return.  We nearly always receive something in return, but it shouldn’t be expected.

  1. 23

We are born again by the Word of God.  Anything we could contribute to our salvation would be corruptible seed.  Christ is the perfect son of God.  He is incorruptible seed.    To be born again by the Word of God means that it comes to pass because we have accepted the message contained in the Word of God.  We are born again by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

  1. 24

Our hope is not in the flesh.  As we get older the flesh gets weaker and more fragile.  It withers away.

  1. 25

Our hope is in the promises found in the Word of God.  It abides forever. Matthew 24:35 tells us that God’s words shall not pass away.  We are without hope if we don’t have faith in God’s Word.  Believers don’t die without hope.  Our fear of the unknown may make death repugnant even to us.  Even believers may fear death, but they have the assurance that there is something far better that lies ahead.

In conclusion

God rescued us from:

  1. Judgment with all that is included in it. We don’t have a clear knowledge of what is included in judgment. If we did:
  1. Unbelievers wouldn’t be so hesitant about accepting God’s offer of salvation
  2. Believers would have more gratitude for what God has done for them.
  1.   A vain conversation (manner of living). Vain means empty. It has no future.

God has redeemed us and given us:

  1. Heaven with all its glory. Again, we don’t know much of what is included in it. We have faith in God that it will far exceed the best this world has to offer.
  2. A reason for living. It is to glorify God for all he has done for us.

A final thought

Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required. (Luke 12:48)  If we don’t show much gratitude to God for what he has done for us, we can’t expect to receive much reward in heaven.  We shall be saved “yet so as by fire.” (I Corinthians 3:15)

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