We continue today in 1 Peter. He is speaking to the followers in the Roman Empire, and they were in the midst of a difficult season. Peter knows the importance of reminding them of the truth in order to help them keep their purpose and hope in the one True God.
He writes, “10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you,searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. 13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:10-16
There are a couple of things to note here:
- Even the prophets had no idea of the magnitude of Christ’s power
- We are to set our hope in Him and Him alone
- He urges us not to follow or conform to our evil desires
- He calls us to be holy because of who Christ made us when He died for us
Remember he says in verse 13, “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming.”
Today, I would encourage you to reflect on the verses again, and then on these questions:
- Am I setting my hope in Him?
- Am I following any evil desires or urges right now?
- Am I prepared for any physical action He might call me to, or am I content with sitting still?
- What does it look like to be holy?