Our Mind - Part 2
A PREPARED MINDSET Page
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
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
** 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
** 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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