Title: 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times;
Author: Sue Edwards;
Publisher: Kregel Publishers;
Respond like a Bone-Dry Babe
Lesson 2 (pages 19-27)
1 Peter 1:13-2:3 (NIV)
13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
"All men are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord stands forever."
And this is the word that was preached to you.
2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
•Core One talks about getting ready, first with our minds. Sue directs us to verses in 1 Corinthians. (1:18-2:16) Based on these verses, why is it important to start with our minds? What other verses in the Bible speak to this?
Before I answer that, I wanted to know what the word “mind” meant that Peter talks about in the verses above. When I looked it up using Strong’s and then Vine’s, here is what I found: mind (noun) in the original (dianoia): deep thought, properly the faculty (mind or its disposition), by implication its exercise—imagination, mind, understanding.
It shows to me an awareness of what I am focused on in my mind regardless of just thinking about or through to include even the imagination. Also, it brought to mind “meditation”. Do I take time to meditate on His Word? Sometimes meditation gets a bad rap so to speak. It conjures up in minds many different pictures and some not so accurate. Yet, to meditate on God’s Word is what David the king and Psalmist said he did. I am challenged to be more aware of what I am thinking about or dwelling on. What about you?
The other Scripture is Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Here Paul tells us the key to having a mind that thinks not as the world does is to be transformed by renewing our minds. To me this means studying the Word of God and to compare that to what the world teaches. The world’s thoughts don’t cause me to think about Him. In my mind, I battle sinful thoughts and without being in His Word I would be lost in those thoughts. I think God is so good as to have His Word written because He knows our minds “leak.”
There is a lot to be gleaned in 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16 that Sue directs us toward. First, if we look closely at this section of Scripture we see how many times the Spirit is referred to. Second, it is good to notice how Paul contrasts worldly wisdom with spiritual wisdom. Make a list of each and it becomes apparent as to which yields better “fruit” in our lives.
•Core Three begins with a quote from Blaise Pascal: "The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of the Spirit of God." Do you agree? Why or why not?
I don’t see the holy life and the might of the Spirit of God as two separate things. Without the Spirit of God we can’t live a holy life. Our flesh is corrupt and in Genesis 6:5 “... and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” While the context is prior to flood, the need for redemption is a theme which goes from Genesis right through Revelation. Plus, if we see what is going on in our world today, we can see that we still battle the evil inclinations. We naturally don’t want to live a holy life.