Apostle Peter wrote to the Christians in Asia acknowledging their faith in God through the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus. He went on to thank God for His abundant mercy for adopting us to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead to an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled, reserved for us in heaven.
He further comforted Christians not to lose their joy when they face trials which are only temporary, that the genuineness of their faith is more precious than gold that perishes so that when tested by fire may be found to the praise, honour and glory at the revelation of Jesus, whom they haven’t seen yet they love.
The Apostle then encouraged them on how to conduct themselves as Christians according to the grace which has been brought to them at the revelation of Jesus Christ to live a godly life knowing that they were not redeemed by corruptible things like gold or silver but were redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ..
As Christians, we must constantly remind ourselves of the precious blood of Jesus that was shed for us which gave us access to God. Our conduct should be to the glory and praise to God because that’s one of the ways unbelievers see our light in order to give their lives to Christ.
I live a godly life in Christ Jesus
Reading – 1 Peter 1:1 – 21
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 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.”[a]
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreignershere 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 ancestors, 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.
- 1 Peter 1:16 Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2