“Why Be Morally Pure?”

Posted: June 2, 2016 in Christian Life, First Peter, Gospel, Replacement Theology, Salvation

1 Peter 1:15-25  

Shortly before He was arrested, Jesus prayed for His disciples about their relationship to the world. He said, “…I do not ask that You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). He didn’t ask the Father to isolate them but to insulate them.

The Father’s Judgment. He is impartial (1 Peter 1:17) and He is to be feared/revered. Why? “’Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God” (Hebrews 10:30, 31; See Romans 12:19). He Himself is holy (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). He expects His children to live morally pure lives. With His enabling we can/should live this way (1 Peter 1:15, 16; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18). We need to abide (feel at ease) in Christ and walk in the light as He (God the Father) is in the light (John 15:5; 1 John 1:3-7). If you’re saved, are you doing these things? If not, it’s important to know that God the Father will discipline His unruly children (Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 19:18). The purpose of His chastening is so that we won’t be condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 5:5; 11:32). So, if necessary, confess and forsake your known sins to God (1 John 1:9) and to those against whom you have sinned (James 5:16). “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1). Beware of committing the “sin unto death” (1 John 5:16; See James 5:19, 20). Do you know what it is?

The Son’s Redemption. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ purchased a pardon for all of us with His own precious blood (1 Peter 1:18, 19; See 1 Corinthians 6:15-20). This pardon can be rejected by unbelief (John 3:18, 36; 16:9). The value of Christ’s death comes from the fact that He’s God. The reality of His death comes from the fact that He’s a real man, the God-man (John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9). If we want to be delivered from the lake of fire and spend eternity with God in heaven, we must know and believe the facts of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone to save us (Acts 4:12; 16:31). He’s the only way to God in heaven (John 14:6). When we believe on Him, we begin to participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and have God’s seed implanted in us (1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9). We are set free from sin’s domination over our lives (John 8:32, 36; See Romans 6:14) and no longer do we have to sin, although we, as Christians, will sin from time to time (1 John 2:1; 3:2-10). We were saved by one act of faith (Ephesians 2:8), but we are supposed to go on living in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17). Are you saved? If so, are you living by faith in God and His promises to you (Hebrews 4:2)? Do you know which ones in Scripture you can/can’t claim. Don’t be misled by those who teach “Replacement Theology.” Keep Israel and the Church separate. God has distinct plans for each of these two groups.

The Holy Spirit’s Incentives. Some religions and cults don’t believe that Jesus is equal to God the Father or that the Holy Spirit is God. Jesus got Himself into a lot of trouble with the religious leaders for claiming to be equal with God (John 5:18; 10:30-33). He referred to Himself as the eternal “I AM” (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14; See Colossians 2:9). Yes, Jesus was/is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. Furthermore, He prayed, “And I will pray the Father (i. e. ask the Father as My equal), and He will give you another Helper (of the same kind – equal to the God the Father and God the Son), that He (the Holy Spirit) may abide with you forever” (John 14:16). This took place when Jesus returned to heaven and sat down at the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20-21). In heaven, Jesus, as our High Priest, is making intercession for believers on earth (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25). He knows what we need to bring us to spiritual maturity (2 Peter 3:18). He energizes believers to do God’s desirous will for our lives (Philippians 2:13). Do you know what His desirous will for your life is? Are you resisting, grieving, or quenching the Holy Spirit’s ministry in your life (Acts 7:51; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? If so, could this be the reason you’re not enjoying an “abundant life” (John 10:10)? No, it’s not what the “Health, Wealthy, and Happiness” preachers are promising to those who contribute to their ministries. (*) This relates to our position in Christ and our spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). How many of them could you enumerate?

If we want to stay clean (holy) in a spiritually dark and dirty world, we need to (1) pay closer attention to what we look at (v. 13, Colossians 3:1, 2), (2) give greater thought to the consequences of sin rather than its pleasures (1 Peter 1:14; Proverbs 7), (3) start each day by renewing our sense of reverence for God (1 Peter 1:17; 2 Corinthians 7:1), and (4) periodically during each day focus fully on Christ (1 Peter 1:18-21; Hebrews 12:2). – Adapted from C. R. Swindoll, Hope In Hurtful Times, p. 26

Stay Focused

O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?

There’s light for a look at the Savior, And a life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face;

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.” – Helen H. Lemmel

He’s coming back for believers (John 14:1-3). Perhaps today! Are you ready?

Help. We’re here to assist those who want to be sure of a home in heaven (1 John 5:13), and for Christians who would like to learn how to live a life that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. We’d also like to ask you to share this information with others who might benefit from it. Thanks.

(*) “The Most Evil Man…” https://www.raptureready.com/rr-evil.html

Clear Gospel: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Clear Gospel – Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/filerequest/9415

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages. http://www.kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

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