Acts + Letters Lesson 9 Day 3

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1 Peter 1:13-2:3

Questions

“You shall be holy; for I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44-45

6. a. Holiness

HO’LINESSnoun [from holy.] The state of being holy; purity or integrity of moral character; freedom from sin; sanctity. Applied to the Supreme Being, holiness denotes perfect purity or integrity of moral character, one of his essential attributes.

Who is like thee, glorious in holiness? Exodus 15:11.

1. Applied to human beings, holiness is purity of heart or dispositions; sanctified affections; piety; moral goodness, but not perfect.

We see piety and holiness ridiculed as morose singularities.

2. Sacredness; the state of any thing hallowed, or consecrated to God or to his worship; applied to churches or temples.

3. That which is separated to the service of God.

Israel was holiness unto the Lord. Jeremiah 2:3. (Webster’s Dictionary 1828)

b. Holiness.

“Holiness is not the way to Christ; Christ is the way to holiness.” -Charles Spurgeon

The Way

  • Prepare our minds for action. (vs 13)
  • Be sober “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.” (Hiebert)
  • Set our hope fully on grace! (vs 13) Thank you, Lord for GRACE!
  • Call on God as our Father. (vs 17)
  • Know we are redeemed with Jesus’ precious blood. (vs. 18)
  • Obedience to the truth through the Spirit. (vs. 22)
  • Love one another from the heart fervently (vs. 22)

Peter describes what holiness looks like —

When we become like the Holy One we will “be done with…

…every trace of wickedness (depravity, malignity) and all deceit and insincerity (pretense, hypocrisy) and grudges (envy, jealousy) and slander and evil speaking of every kind. (1 Peter 2:1 AMPC)

What we will do instead (our fruit) —

As newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that with it you may grow…(1 Peter 2:2)

If we love other Christians, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who doesn’t love them is still dead. (1 Peter 1:23 NLT)

7. Jesus, the lamb without blemish or defect. (vs. 19)

The high call for godly living makes sense in light of the price that was paid for our redemption. The precious blood of Jesus did not save us so that we could then live as if we were garbage. (David Guzik)

Exodus 12:5 instructs Israel how to choose an acceptable lamb for Passover. “Your lamb shall be without defect, a male a year old. You shall take it from the sheep or from the goats.”

Leviticus 1:2-3 requires a male animal without defect for the burnt offering.

In Isaiah 53:7, Isaiah prophesies the coming Messiah will remain silent as they lead him to slaughter.

John the Baptist prophesies, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” as he sees Jesus coming. John 1:29

John the Apostle saw Jesus in heaven as “a Lamb standing as though it had been slain.” Revelation 5:6

8. How to be born again.

When Nicodemus, a prominent, wise and devout Pharisee and a leader among the Jews, discreetly came to Jesus, Jesus said to him, “…unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.” (Footnote in WEB translation: The word translated “anew” here and in John 3:7 (ἄνωθεν) also means “again” and “from above”.) What an ideal word because it describes and defines the process.

So how do we get born anew?

There’s no exact prayer we must pray or ritual to follow.

When the jailer “fell down trembling before Paul and Silas, brought them out, and said,

‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’

They [Paul and Silas] said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:27-31

This is really interesting because the jailer’s household wasn’t even present.

for by grace you have been saved through faith [when you believed], and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 

Hallelujah!

Thankfully, “he who began a good work in [me] will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

I desire to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness more earnestly.

To see his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven.

I desire to walk with the Lord as my best friend and my shepherd. To learn to rest in him and love the way he loves.

My life song — “till my whole life flows in the river of Your Spirit and my name brings honor to the Lamb.”♫

Turn My Heart

Chorus
Turn my heart, O Lord, like rivers of water,
Turn my heart, O Lord, by Your hand;
Till my whole life flows in the river of Your Spirit,
And my name brings honor to the Lamb. (Repeat)

Verse
Lord, I surrender to Your work in me;
I rest my life within Your loving hands.

by Lynn DeShazo
Arranged by Robin Spurs
© 1992 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music

 


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