We come to one of the most precious portions of Scripture that becomes a powerful reason and motivator for understanding our salvation in a much deeper way (1 Pet. 1:13- 21). In the same way that Paul says in Phil. 2:12, “work out your own salvation” or ‘put into practice the salvation you have in Christ,’ so Peter says, “prepare your minds for action” or “gird up the loins of your mind,” “be sober- minded.” That means we are to be in control of what we think. Don’t put your mind in idle and let it drift with the culture. How do we make that happen in a world like ours?
“Set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” This goes back to what Peter said in verse 3, “He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” To a people who were scattered by persecution, suffering and discouragement, he reminds them to be intentional about their hope-- “a living hope” and that the power of God is in it – power to raise the dead!
Next, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” Notice how this links with verse 13, ““prepare your minds for action” or “work out your own salvation.” Holiness comes from allowing our “living hope” and the power of God through Christ risen to “transform” us through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us (Ro. 12:1-2). It does NOT come from trying to reform ourselves, but through occupation with the Person and glory of Jesus (2 Cor. 3:18). That is the Spirit at work in us.
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