REFLECTIONS FOR LIFE
Living as Exiles II
1 Peter 1:13-25
Pastor Joe Son
September 13, 2020
Among the four imperatives in which area do you need the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance?
How do you feel when you read that we are to conduct ourselves with fear before God? In what ways can you apply that into your life?
What is something you can do each day to remind yourself of the love that you have in Christ Jesus?
How can you love those around you better?
We are continuing to look at what it means to live as Christians in this world. And Peter’s letter to the believers in Asia Minor is a guide to us, as he writes to instruct them on how they need to live their lives as elect exiles. Even as we live in the midst of a world that is fading away, it teaches us to live for the eternal; God’s words that will remain forever.
Last week we looked at the first two of the commands. First, to set our hope in the coming kingdom of Jesus by being sober and alert in our minds. And second, to remember the holiness that is bestowed upon us, and to conduct ourselves in a manner that befits this holiness. Today we take a closer look into the other two imperatives. Third, to live in reverent fear of God. And lastly, to love one another.
Verse 17, And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,
What does it mean to conduct ourselves with fear before God? It means that we need to know God who is all powerful and majestic, who hates sin and judges the sinfulness of this world, and to revere Him in worship. It means that because we call on Him as our Father, we put ourselves under the authority of God, making our decisions, choosing our actions and responses based on the Word of God. We live Coram Deo, in the presence of God and for His glory.
Verse 22-23, Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.
Peter ends this section with a familiar imperative, to love one another. Jesus himself commanded us to love. John 13:34-35, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. Indeed, love is what sets us apart as Christians. Love is what flows out of being born again. Because the selfless, sacrificial, perfect love of Christ is what transformed us and gave us new life in the first place. We are called to now let this love flow out to others.
Dear brothers and sisters, I pray that we remember that we are just sojourners passing through this life. We live here in this world as elect exiles. I pray that we rely on the Holy Spirit to fill us and give us the strength to live this out.
We pray that this exercise will strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you draw near with confidence.