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Renewing Our Mind - Part 2

A PREPARED MINDSET            Page 3
V.13 (cont'd.)

** Is Peter telling us to not get drunk?

No! The present tense of this command calls for a continuing activity that supports a renewed mind. The term for "be sober" [nephontes] is used figuratively to illustrate a condition of sobriety. Quoting two commentators, D. Hiebert/Alan Stibbs, "It denotes a condition free from every form of mental and spiritual loss of self-control; it is an attitude of self-discipline that avoids the extremes of the 'reckless irresponsibility of self indulgence on the one hand, and of religious ecstasy on the other.'"

** Not only are Christians to be disciplined in their thinking, but as a second element of preparing our minds, what are we to fix our hope upon?

2. "the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." Our thinking process is not driven by the here and now, but rather by what we know our Lord is bringing for us in His time! cf. Revelation 22:12

V.14 ** This forward thinking pattern for the Christian begins to snowball and we learn the impact of a prepared mind in the very next verse. What does Peter call those with a "Prepared Mind"?

"...obedient children..."

** Peter then gives us the third element of preparing our minds. What is it?

3. "do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance..."
We must be so prepared in our thinking, that we can recognized the former lustful patterns of our unsaved lifestyle and then avoid them with the self-discipline made possible only through our relationship to Jesus Christ! cf. 1Peter 2:11

** Did you notice the phrase used for our condition prior to knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior?

"...in your ignorance..." cf. 1Timothy 1:13

V.15 ** What is the fourth mind preparing element?

4. "like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior..."
It is not enough to stop the sinful, lustful pattern of our past life, but we must adorn the Holiness which belongs to God, Himself. cf. Titus 2:9-10

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