Our Mind - Part 2
A PREPARED MINDSET Page
** 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"?
** Peter then gives us the third element of preparing our minds. What
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
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