Things to Put Away So We Can Love Well

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After Peter commands to “Love earnestly from a pure heart”, he gives five things that Christians are to “put away” so that we can do this very thing.  Love is a verb.  It is an action; it is not a feeling.  If we are to love well we have to take action to get certain […]

Love Earnestly from a Pure Heart

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The call to follow Jesus comes with a call to love other believers.  It is impossible to love Jesus and not love others who are also “in Christ.”  But because of new birth, we are changed so that we love earnestly.

Motivation for Holy Living

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While we look forward to eternity with Jesus, our lives on this earth is to be described as “holy living”.  Because God is holy His people are to be holy.  Peter gives his audience several points to help motivate them to live holy lives beyond just being a good moral person.

Fix Your Hope on the Grace to Come

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For those who are in Christ, we have a hope in the grace that is to come. This future grace is secured by the blood of Christ and is kept by the power of God. Peter celebrates this and calls us allow this eternal, certain hope to power us to find joy in Christ while […]

Our Trials Can’t Become Our Identity

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If we are not careful, it is easy for trials to define us.  Whether it be a disease or a life event, there are trials in life that are so significant that we forever changed.  But for Christians, our identity is in Christ, so we have to see trials from a Biblical perspective in order […]

Believing Without Seeing

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It is easy to dream about living in other times and places and imagine that our lives would be better there.  Perhaps Peter’s readers felt that way as they faced persecution, but he communicates that they live in a good time because they get to know Jesus whom they love even though they haven’t seen […]

Our Inheritance

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Have you considered that walking with Jesus in this life is but a dim picture of what awaits the Believer?  God has so much more for His children and He has promised us an inheritance that can’t be defiled or lost.  More than this fact, He also preserves His children so that we will definitely […]

Chosen…Exiled

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After reviewing the basics of Biblical interpretation we apply the principles to verses 1-2 of chapter 1.  What is Peter saying to his audience?  How does it apply to us?