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Your Father and You

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First Peter 1.13–21

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • May 6, ad 2012

Scripture Reader and Reading: Blade – Leviticus 11.44, 45


  1. God is your Father. 
    1. You are His child.
    2. How then should you live?
  2. First Peter 1.2 shows that God has elected you. 
  3. Verses 3–12 show who God is or rather what He has done for you. 
    1. That section impressed upon me, Peter’s emphasis on “you,” and
    2. he continues that in verses 13–21.


  1. First Peter 1.13 – God’s Son and Your Mind

    13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ… (1Pe 1.13).

    1. God has reserved a magnificent inheritance for us in heaven.
      1. Therefore, He requires somethings from us
      2. to qualify us for that heavenly inheritance.
    2. First, gird up the loins of your mind.
      1. Even as you gird up your clothing when working, so
        1. gird up anything in your mind that keeps you from doing the Lord’s will.
        2. Roll up the sleeves of your mind.
      2. Christianity is a religion of the mind, but
        1. not of the mind only.
          1. Discipline your mind, get your thoughts together for Christ, because
          2. what we think determines what we do.

            35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately” (Luke 12.35, 36).
    3. Second, be sober.
      1. Have a calm mind through self-control.
      2. “One thus possessed exhibits great restraint of temper, controlled habits of thought and a calm and collected attitude toward irritations of whatever nature” (Guy N. Woods, p. 39).
    4. Third, rest your hope fully upon the coming grace. Notice Peter’s wording,

      …rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you

      1. In verse 3, Peter praised God for causing our new birth for a living hope.
      2. See the grace is coming at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
        1. Peter mentioned the revelation of Jesus Christ in verse 7.
        2. Verse 4 speaks of our unsurpassable inheritance.
        3. Verse 5 speaks of the salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
        4. Verse 7 speaks of our future hope.
          1. Live successfully in this world by seeing the destination of heaven;
          2. it will help us endure whatever this present world throws at us.
      3. See the “Sermon Sidebars” on the sermon handouts manifestations of grace.
  2. First Peter 1.14–16 – God’s Holiness and Your Holiness

    14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1Pe 1.13–16).

    1. Fourth, live as obedient children, or literally, “children of obedience.”
      1. We are children of God who obey Him, because
      2. we obeyed Him to become children of God.
        1. Otherwise, how could we be called His children?
    2. That means not conforming yourselves to the former lusts of your ignorance.
      1. When we did not know God,
      2. we let our lusts drive us.
    3. That means being holy as the One who called us is holy.
      1. “Because it is written…”
        1. It was written long ago, but
        2. it still stands written.
      2. Peter quoted right from the middle of the Law of Moses, because
        1. this truth is central to our existence
        2. whether as an Israelite or a Christian.
      3. Five times in the Book of Leviticus God made this declaration:
        1. Leviticus 11.44
        2. Leviticus 11.45
        3. Leviticus 19.2
        4. Leviticus 20.7
        5. Leviticus 20.26
      4. Paul put it another way,

        1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children (Eph 5.1).
    4. Peter expected his readers to know the Old Testament, because
      1. it was a long time before the New Testament was written down, and
      2. God used the Old Testament to nourish the church, and He still does it.
  3. First Peter 1.17 – God’s Judgment and Your Conduct

    17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear… (1Pe 1.17).

    1. As obedient children we call on our Father, which means:
      1. He judges without partiality.
        1. He does not favor one child over another.
        2. What He requires of one, He requires of all.
      2. We should conduct ourselves in fear.
        1. Our lives are up for His inspection.
        2. Fear being found living in your former lusts.
    2. He is our Judge, but
      1. we know the Judge,
      2. although we cannot take advantage of our connection to Him.
    3. We do call on Him as our Father, because
      1. we are obedient children (v. 14), for
      2. He had begotten us again (v. 3).
    4. We call on Him because He has called us (v. 15).
  4. First Peter 1.18, 19 – God’s Cost and Your Redemption

    18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1Pe 1.18, 19).

    1. We conduct ourselves in fear,
      1. knowing the cost of our redemption,
      2. which was not something corruptible like silver or gold!
    2. We have an incorruptible inheritance awaiting us (v. 4),
      1. so we have to be made incorruptible
        1. by God redeeming us with something incorruptible, and
        2. by our incorruptible living.
      2. The psalmist said something about this,

        6 Those who trust in their wealth
        And boast in the multitude of their riches,
        7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
        Nor give to God a ransom for him—
        8 For the redemption of their souls is costly,
        And it shall cease forever—
        9 That he should continue to live eternally,
        And not see the Pit.
        (Psa 49.6–9)
      3. However, the sons of Korah said later in that psalm,

        15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
        For He shall receive me.
        (Psa 49.15)
    3. God redeemed us from the aimless conduct of the tradition of our fathers.
      1. We grew up learning what our families did and do.
      2. Yet, God was not directing it, and now He gives us direction.
    4. We were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ.
      1. We value silver and gold above everything, including religion, but
      2. do you not consider your own blood far more precious than silver and gold?
        1. Do phlebotomists have trouble drawing your blood?
        2. Tell them what I do, I like my blood where it is.
      3. If your blood is that precious to you,
        1. what about the blood of Christ?
        2. He was the Son of God!
        3. He created all things!
        4. He was sinless!
      4. Verse 2 says God sanctified us by the sprinkling of the blood of Christ.
    5. Jesus is as a lamb without blemish and without spot,
      1. which was the kind of lamb the Law of Moses ordered for sacrifices.
        1. Leviticus 4.32
        2. Leviticus 22.22–24
        3. Numbers 28.3, 11
      2. Later, John the Baptizer declared,

        29 “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1.29).
      3. The Word became and did what no lamb could do.
        1. The sacrifice of a lamb was to take away sin.
        2. However, the lamb was just that, an animal and not human.
          1. A lamb did not have the capability of sinning.
          2. Thus, there had to be someone without blemish and without spot,
            1. that matched the worshiper, that is,
            2. was human, and had the faculty to sin, but
              1. when tempted never once gave in to it.
              2. Jesus fulfilled that.
      4. Therefore, the lambs offered during the Law of Moses,
        1. typified and foreshadowed the coming Christ.
        2. Every time Israel’s priests offered a lamb,
          1. it symbolized what was coming, but
          2. it also showed that those animals were insufficient,
            1. which is why they had to keep doing it, but
            2. the one sacrifice of Jesus completed the job.
      5. Leviticus 17 explains why blood had to be shed,

        11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Lev 17.11).
  5. First Peter 1.20, 21 – God’s Foreknowledge and Your Faith

    20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God (1Pe 1.20, 21).

    1. “Foreordain,” or “chosen,” is not the word Peter used, but foreknow.
      1. God knew before creation that He would send Jesus to shed His blood.
      2. Revelation 13 refers to,

        8 …the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13.8).
    2. Although it had not happened until these last times.
      1. God knew what He was going to do, and
      2. at the appointed time He manifested Jesus “for you.”
    3. Peter spans all time,
      1. from before creation to these last times.
      2. All of time and all of eternity is about Jesus, and
        1. through Him we believe in God,
        2. who raised Christ from the dead and gave Him glory.
          1. These are the things that the prophets and angels
          2. wanted to know (vv. 10–12).
    4. Why did God do all these things?
      1. Verses 3–21 show what God has done for us.
      2. And here in verse 21, God wants our faith and hope in Him.
        1. After all that the preceding material has revealed about God’s love for us,
        2. we are delighted to put our faith and hope in Him.


  1. God is holy. 
    1. So is heaven.
    2. If we want to live there with Him,
      1. we likewise have to be holy.
      2. Therefore, this is the purpose of our lives.
        1. John declared the same thing,
        2. connecting hope and holiness,

          2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1Jo 3.2, 3).
  2. Yet, we have a problem that desecrates us, 
    1. keeping us from living with the holy God in His holy heaven.
    2. That problem is sin.

      23 …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… (Rom 3.23).
  3. What can be done about that problem? 
    1. What I just showed you from First Peter 1.13–21 is for Christians.
      1. Therefore, Christian, if you have fallen into sin,
      2. now is the time to fix the problem.
    2. Back in verses 2 and 3 Peter touched upon how we become Christians.
      1. God chooses us and we obey Him.
      2. By His mercy, He causes us to be born again.
  4. Why put it off any longer? 
    1. Christian, rededicate yourself to the Lord.
    2. Those not Christians, become one today.
  5. Call on our Father and 
    1. save yourself from this worldly, God-denying generation.
    2. Has the world turned your focus away from the precious blood of Christ?
      1. The Father wants you back, and
      2. He wants us to help you,
        1. if you want it or need it,
        2. otherwise, help us.