12: The Life of A Sojourner (1Pet 1:13-25)
In the beginning
of the epistle, Peter has reminded the readers of the glorious hope they have. Having
this living hope, Christians ought to center their lives on Christ and His
word. Thus, in this passage, Peter urges the pilgrims to live in a way that
reflects the hope that they have.
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” (1:13).
Did You Know…?
Gird up the loins of your mind
(1:13): “The figure is of a man gathering the folds of his long garment and
tucking it into his belt so that he can move freely and quickly (cf. 1 Kings
18:46; Jer 1:17; Luke 17:8).” 2/223
Holy: (1:15-16): “The basic
idea of holiness in the Bible is that of separation from all that is profane.
The developed sense of holiness includes various meanings translated into
English as ‘purify,’ ‘sanctify,’ ‘separate from,’ ‘dedicate,’ etc. The simplest
understanding of holiness is that of loving conformity to God’s commands and to
his Son (cf. 1 John 2:4-6).” 2/224
Love (1:22): In verse 22, Peter
uses two Greek words for love. In the first reference (“sincere love of the
brethren”), the word is philadelphia,
meaning brotherly kindness or a fondness “that is based on the loveliness or
attractiveness of an object.” 3/1571The
second reference (“love one another”) is agapao-,
which is used in Scripture to depict God’s self-sacrificing and
Based on this passage, list the
reasons for each of these commands:
“Be holy in all your conduct”
“Conduct yourselves throughout
the time of your stay here in fear.”
“Love one another fervently
with a pure heart.”
How does each of the three
paragraphs touch on the subject of the present and the future?
Why is this subject pertinent
to the teachings of this passage?
The word “therefore” in 13
implies that there is a reason for the following command. What is this reason?
What does it mean to “gird up
the loins” of our mind?
What characterizes a sober
Why should we rest our hope
fully on the grace of our Lord Jesus? How will such hope determine our
How does verse 14 help us
understand the meaning of holiness?
Why should we obey the God who
has called us rather than our lusts?
How does verse 17 suggest about
the nature of our earthly lives?
Do you consider yourself a
stranger or a settler on earth? What differentiates the two lifestyles?
Verse 18 reminds us about our
redemption. What have we been redeemed from?
What is the price of
What does the redemption have
to do with our conducts?
What does this paragraph teach
about the word of God?
What is the concrete expression
of our obedience to the truth?
According to Peter, how should
we love one another? Explain your answer.
What does it mean that we have
been born again through the word of God?
How does the knowledge that
God’s word abides forever affect your daily life?