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Renewing Our Mind - Part 2

A PREPARED MINDSET            Page 4

V.16 ** What reason does Peter give for this effort?

"Because" God has recorded His standard in Scripture, "You shall be holy, for I am holy".
cf. Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7, Ephesians 1:4

V.17 ** So far we have learned four elements of preparing our minds for action, they are:

1) A spiritually disciplined thoughtlife
2) Fixing our hope on eternity in Christ
3) Avoiding conforming to our old lifestyle
4) Be holy, for our God is holy

Peter now introduces the fifth element, can you put it into your own words?

5. Because we have a relationship to the One who judges all men, we must prepare our minds with a reverence for God, which must last as long as we can draw a breath of air.
" . . . conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth." cf. Philippians 2:12-13

V.18-21

** In the next four verses, Peter establishes the reason for our reverence. Warning, don't let the familiarity of this text lull you into a sense of apathy. What we are about to see should shake us out of any resistance that we might have to "Renewing Our Minds".

As you look over these four verses, let's find one reason for reverencing our God in each verse.

V. 18 - We could not be redeemed with perishable stuff from our "futile way of life".

V. 19 - We were redeemed by the blood of Christ.

V. 20 - The Incarnation! ...for our sake!

V. 21 - Our faith and hope are in God!

V.22 ** Having established the reverence for God in our prepared mind, what is the sixth element of preparing our minds for action?

6. "obedience to the Truth" A prepared mind is one that knows the truth of God's precious Word and is committed to following that truth daily. That is why God chose us in the first place. cf. 1Peter 1:2

** Peter says that our obedience to the Truth is observable. Who ought to be able to see the difference in us who have been redeemed?

Our "brethren", whom we are to love. Peter uses fervently from [ektenos], which means to stretch. Our prepared minds should stretch our love muscle!

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