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12: The Life of A Sojourner (1Pet 1:13-25)

The Basics


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.

Key Verse

“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” (1:13).

Did You Know…?

1.      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

2.      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

3.      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 all-encompassing love.






Key Words/Phrases

General Analysis

4.      Based on this passage, list the reasons for each of these commands:

5.      “Be holy in all your conduct”

6.      “Conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear.”

7.      “Love one another fervently with a pure heart.”

8.      How does each of the three paragraphs touch on the subject of the present and the future?

9.      Why is this subject pertinent to the teachings of this passage?

Segment Analysis


10.  The word “therefore” in 13 implies that there is a reason for the following command. What is this reason?

11.  What does it mean to “gird up the loins” of our mind?

12.  What characterizes a sober life?

13.  Why should we rest our hope fully on the grace of our Lord Jesus? How will such hope determine our lifestyle?

14.  How does verse 14 help us understand the meaning of holiness?

15.  Why should we obey the God who has called us rather than our lusts?


16.  How does verse 17 suggest about the nature of our earthly lives?

17.  Do you consider yourself a stranger or a settler on earth? What differentiates the two lifestyles?

18.  Verse 18 reminds us about our redemption. What have we been redeemed from?

19.  What is the price of redemption?

20.  What does the redemption have to do with our conducts?


21.  What does this paragraph teach about the word of God?

22.  What is the concrete expression of our obedience to the truth?

23.  According to Peter, how should we love one another? Explain your answer.

24.  What does it mean that we have been born again through the word of God?

25.  How does the knowledge that God’s word abides forever affect your daily life?


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