Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Verse for Today - 1 Peter 1:15-16 (click to read mini-blog)
1 Peter 1:15-16
"but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” ”
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Today's verses are brief and obligatory. In context these verses affirm the close connection between faith and its fruits.
Some of you may have heard me explain that in this brief section from 13-15 there are really only two main verbs. The other words that are frequently translated as commands are actually participles describing the manner in which the main verbs are to be carried out. The first imperative (or command) instruction is "rest your hope fully in the grace that is to be brought to you..." In other words, have faith... trust and rely upon God's gracious promise of redemption in Christ.
The other command is found in verse 15, "be holy in all your conduct..." which is then repeated in the quotation "Be holy, for I am holy" from Leviticus 19:1.
In a nutshell these verses make the same point as the song, "Trust and Obey." What should you trust in? The grace of God offered in Christ's atoning sacrifice. What should you obey? God's revealed will, His commandments.