“Be alert and think straight. Put all your hope in how kind God will be to you when Jesus Christ appears. Behave like obedient children. Don't let your lives be controlled by your desires, as they used to be. Always live as God's holy people should, because God is the one who chose you, and he is holy. That's why the Scriptures say, "I am the holy God, and you must be holy too.” [1 Peter 1: 13-16]
Be holy, for I am holy
First, Peter urges the saints to have a “girded” mind. A girded man is one that is strong, composed, cool, and ready for action. It is unimpeded by the distraction of human fear or persecution. In other words, "Be alert and think straight."
Next, the saints are urged to have the optimistic, forward-looking mind: rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. The assurance of Christ’s Return is held out as a compelling motive for endurance through the storms and tribulations of life.
The revelation of Jesus Christ is generally taken to refer to His coming back to earth when He will be revealed in glory. As obedient children of God, they should not indulge in the sins which characterized them in their former life. Now that they are Christians, they should pattern their life after the One whose name they bear. The things they did in the days of their ignorance should be put away now that they have been illuminated by the Holy Spirit. The former lusts means the sins they indulged in while they were still ignorant of God.
Instead of imitating the ungodly world with its fads and fashions, our lives should reproduce the holy character of the One who called us. To be godly means to be Godlike. God is holy in all His ways. If we are to be like Him, we must be holy in all that we do and say. In this life we will never be as holy as He is, but we should be holy because he is.
Peter reaches back into the Old Testament for proof that God expects His people to be like Himself. In Lev. 11:44, the Lord said: “Be holy, for I am holy.” Christians are empowered to live holy lives by the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Be HolyI am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.... I am the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy. [Leviticus 11:44-45]
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