SALVATION LEAVES ITS MARK – HOLINESS
Scripture Reading: I Peter 1:13-25.
Memory Verse: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:15-16)
Last week our study centered on salvation. Now Peter is going to encourage us to live a life befitting so great a salvation. In a practical application, it’s a challenge with which we often struggle.
We easily understand that God is holy and is to be reverenced at all times. But, is it our responsibility to be exactly like God in holiness?
W.E. Vine says that the adjective “holy” “… fundamentally signifies a separation from sin and a consecration to God.” Maybe being holy is best understood when we know man’s responsibility to it. We are known by how we conduct ourselves on a day-to-day basis. Our behavior should depict what is in our heart and mind.
Peter does not challenge us here with something that cannot be achieved. The attribute of holiness can be gained by conducting our life according to His Word. This experiential process can reveal to others that we have been born again.
- What in I Peter 1:13 alerts us to a preparation? Discuss the imperative “be sober’’ and its meaning.
- What kind of pull does the world and your old life have? I Peter 1:14; Hebrews 12:1.
- If we have the call of God [salvation], what does He expect? I Peter 1:15-16; II Corinthians 7:1. Define the word “conversation.”
- How are we going to be held responsible for our conduct? I Peter 1:17; Ecclesiastes 12:14. Do you also detect a call to reverence?
- Why should we be motivated to a life of holiness and reverence? I Peter 1:18-20; Colossians 1:13-14. Discuss this as an incentive in your life. I Corinthians 6:20.
- Who transforms us from the realm of death to the realm of glory? I Peter 1:21.
- List and discuss the three elements presented in the first part of I Peter 1:22.
- What is one result from the application of holy living? I Peter 1:22; John 13:34; I John 4:7.
⇒Sacrificial love will play an important part to those addressed in this letter in the near future.
- What is a good guide in establishing a holy life? I Peter 1:23; Hebrews 4:12.
- Discuss the life expectancy of God’s Word and its fruit [us]? I Peter 1:24-25; Matthew 24:35.
EXTRA-MILE QUESTION: List five attributes of the holiness of God that we also can attain Include one scriptural reference for each one.