Hope for Hard Times
Set Your Hope Fully: The Connection Between Holy Living & Brotherly Love
1 Peter 1:13-2:3
To quicken - revive or make alive:
- Psalm 25:11 in the King James Version says, “Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake.”
- In the New International Version, the verse reads this way: “For your name’s sake, LORD, preserve my life.”
- In the New American Standard Bible, the same verse says, “For the sake of Your name, O LORD, revive me."
- In this context, quickening involves revival and a preservation of life, and God gets the glory for it.
Four observations for us to consider from our text:
- Set your hope fully by having an alert mind and ruled over emotions (1 Peter 1:13)
- Set your hope fully by mastering your heart and desires (1 Peter 1:14-17)
- Set your hope fully by keeping the faith and focus on Christ (1 Peter 1:18-21)
- Why? So we can live, as called out believers, full of hope, in a darkened world (1 Peter 1:22-2:3)
- Displaying the love of God in the church.
- Displaying our unity and care for one another to the whole world.
1. Set your hope fully by having an alert mind and ruled over emotions (1 Peter 1:13)
"Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
The main verb or subject in this passage is "set your hope."
That command is connected by the keyword therefore:
- What is Peter asking the elect to set their hope in?
- What are we to hope in fully?
Anytime we see a therefore, it means that we need to look back at what the author has already said. Usually a therefore connects us back to a previous chapter, statement or idea.
The therefore brings us to 1 Peter 1:3-5 - the reasons why we need to set our hope. Therefore, set our hope because:
- Great mercy
- Living hope
- Resurrection of Jesus Christ
- This inheritance is being kept in heaven and God is guarding you until you can have what is being kept for you
Peter could have gone straight from therefore to the command, but he adds these very important participles for the church.
- Preparing your minds for actions
- Being sober minded
2. Set your hope fully by mastering your heart and desires (1 Peter 1:14-17)
Peter calls for holiness.
"As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Peter addresses the church in the context of family. Children in the family of God are obedient. Peter reminds the church of their adoption in CHRIST:
- The elect are not enemies of God
- The elect are not left on their own
- The elect are co-heirs with Christ
- The elect have been justified, adopted, and regenerated, and because of this they have the ability to strive after holiness - to work on their sanctification, to be conformed to the image of CHRIST.
3. Set your hope fully by keeping the faith and your focus on Christ (1 Peter 1:18-21)
Keywords in this section of Scripture:
Conduct - the church is to live by faith and to set their hope fully on the grace that is to be revealed in Christ Jesus. Our conduct must point to the faith we have in Christ.
Ransomed - Church we have been freed from the bondage of sin by the payment of a price - the price of redemption is the blood of Christ.
4. So we can live, as called out believers, full of hope, in a darkened world (1 Peter 2:1-3)
- Displaying the love of God in the church
- Displaying our unity and care for one another to the whole world
Christian put away:
Malice - the desire to do evil.
Deceit - the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth.
Envy - a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions or qualities.
Slander - the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.
Christian add to your life:
The pure the spiritual milk (1 Peter 2:2)