1 Peter

The Principle of Holiness

1 Peter 1:15-16

The Meaning of Holiness

Holiness in a believer denotes separation from and separation unto. In its primary sense it means separation unto God. The resultant state of this separation is separation from sin. This blessed condition makes a believer’s body sacred, dedicated, hallowed and holy.

The believer, in the ultimate sense, is the temple of God. He is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and member of the body of Christ, and is bound to the Triune God, who is independently, infinitely, and immutably holy. He is glorious in holiness. Exodus 15:11.

Let us see what the OT says about God’s greatest attribute. He is oftener mentioned as being holy than being almighty. Exodus 15:11; 1 Samuel 2:2; Deuteronomy 4:35; Isaiah 6.

1 Peter 5

In reading through Peter’s epistles we cannot help by being impressed with the fact that they are of a pastoral character. Evidently Peter remained true o the commission he received from the Lord to “feed His lambs and sheep.”

These elders to whom he wrote were true elders. They were mature, spiritually-minded brethren. They already were doing the work of an elder. They were not appointed by men, but raised up by God the Holy Spirit. Acts 20. They were men who had distinguished themselves in service, and were singular in character and repute in spiritual things.

1 Peter 4

v. 1—The word “forasmuch” links the theme of chapter 3 with the first six verses of chapter 4.

Peter reminds his brethren who were suffering for Christ that he also suffered while here in the body. We also must be prepared to suffer. Then Peter drops another of his had-to-understand statements, that the one who “suffers in the body has ceased from sin.” What he means by this is that where we have the mind of Christ and we patiently suffer and resist all temptation in an effort to please God we are kept from sin.

v. 2—In this condition the believer no longer spends his life pleasing his human appetites and desires, but he lives to do the will of God.

Two kinds of life are suggested here:

1. The will of the flesh—fulfilling its lustful desires.

2. The will of God—which could include suffering.

1 Peter 3

Verses 1-7 describe our conduct in relation to matrimony.

Verses 8-22 describe our conduct in a general way.

v. 8—The word “finally” suggests that all doctrine should issue in conduct. Each believer has definite conduct obligations to fellow Christians. Believers should seek for unity of mind. While we may not be of the same opinion in some matters, we should be one in our loyalty to Christ. The nearer we are to Christ, the nearer we will be to each other. We should sympathize with one another. We should love as brethren, be tender-hearted, and courteous to each other.

1 Peter 1

v. 8—This verse is set in the context of trial and suffering. These, if endured, will be to the glory and praise of those who are triumphant at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Verse 8 now begins by sins, “You have never seen Him, but you love Him; even though you do not see Him you believe in Him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy.” “Because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”

v. 9—When Peter speaks of salvation in verse 5 he refers to our complete emancipation from everything that is earthly. We have not experienced this but will do so when Christ raptures us home.

In verse 9 Peter is reminding them that in another sense they had already received salvation, the salvation of their souls. It was a present reality.

By faith we appropriate this. See Hebrews 11:1—“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

v. 10-12—The prophets who prophesied about this salvation, searched and inquired diligently of the Spirit as to the time Christ would suffer and the glory that would follow.

According to Peter it was revealed to them that the things they wrote about were not for themselves, but for us. Through the gospel which has been preached and by the revelation of the Holy Spirit these mysteries from the OT have been revealed to us. The angels desired information about these things.

v. 13—Wherefore! Consider the circumstances. On the one hand the sufferings and trials; but on the other hand, the revelation of the salvation in Christ.

Circumstances are apt to get one down. Hence the exhortation “gird up the loins of your mind.”

Expository Notes On The Epistles Of Peter

First Peter

“The Epistles of Peter were written primarily—in accord with his special ministry to the circumcision (Gal. 2:8)—to Christian Jews of the dispersion, who dwelt in various provinces in western Asia, where most of the Apostle’s labors had been. They have to do with the believer’s relation to the Kingdom of God rather than to the Church as the Body of Christ; though, of course, those to whom he wrote were, as are all Christians, members of the Church and subjects of the Kingdom. Both are wilderness Epistles; they contemplate the children of God, not in their heavenly aspect, as in Ephesians (1:3; 2:6), but rather as strangers and pilgrims journeying on through the wilderness of this world from the cross to the Glory. Peter tells us that he wrote the first Letter to testify that “this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand” (1 Peter 5:12). It is not so much the grace that saves (as in Romans 5:1, 2), which gives us a perfect standing before the throne of God; it is rather the grace ministered to us day by day, which enables us to stand against all the wiles of the enemy and despite all the trials of the way. Suffering has a large place in the Epistle. It is looked upon as the normal thing for the believer while pressing on to the inheritance laid up for him in heaven. In this we are reminded of Savonarola’s words, “A Christian’s life consists in doing good and suffering evil.” He is to rejoice for the privilege of suffering for Him who has redeemed us with His own blood.

New Testament (Acts-Revelation)

Lesson 221: The Ascension Of Christ
Acts 1:1-11
Golden Text: Acts 1:11

I. The Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15, 10.

1. The Person Who gave it. He had the right by virtue of His Person and His work.

2. The power for it—“Himself;” v. 18. Note the “power” as seen in (1) His birth; Luke 1:35. (2) Ministry; Luke 4:32. (3) Miracles; Luke 4:36. (4) Forgiveness; Matthew 9:6. (5) Death; John 10:18. (6) Resurrection. Romans 1:4; Colossians 2:13-15. (7) Ascension; Ephesians 1:20. (8) Coming; Matthew 24:30.

3. The plan of it. (1) The command “go ye.” (2) The scope, “world.” (3) The theme, “the Gospel.” (4) The persons, “every creature.”

4. The persons to whom given—His disciples. (1) Chosen. Mark 3:14; John 15:16. (2) Saved; Matthew 16:16. (3) Taught. (4) Commissioned. (5) Equipped.

5. The privilege of it. Ambassadors, co-workers, witnesses, trustees, servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

6. The price of it. “Go” means leave. Cp. Luke 14:26.

7. The promise with it. “I am with you.” Cp Hebrews 13:5.

II. The Promise. Acts 1:4, 5.

1. Promised in O. T. Isaiah 32:15; Jeremiah 31:33; Ezek 11:19; Joel 228.

2. Promised in N. T. John 15:26—16:14.

III. The Questioning Disciples. Vs. 6-8.

1. The question; v. 6. (1) An earthly kingdom expected; Isaiah 2:2-4. (2) The King being rejected, the kingdom is in obeyance. Luke 19:14; Acts 3:14. (3) He will yet be King over the Earth; Psalm 2.

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