THOUGHTS

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BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY!

Peter, writing to Christians in his first letter, expressed to them that they should elevate their service to God by looking to their hope as true children of God. As children of God they were to adapt their conduct to that which has its origin from their Father. Then Peter would quote a passage from Leviticus, note:
1 Peter 1:16 “because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.””
 
The unique insertion of this quote is instructive towards the expected nature of God’s priests. Under the Old Law, they were to be set apart to God by the exact nature of the instructions given to them through Moses in Leviticus, and they were to teach it as well.
 
Peter would introduce a second important point in his instruction to these Christians; they were each and every one priests to God, note:
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”
 
The priests of God were the ones responsible for the presentation of acceptable sacrifice to God. We learn through the instruction of Paul, that we do not sacrifice animals, but ourselves!
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
 
This presentation of self-sacrifice is not performed in a temple or on an altar made with hands, but within a holy of holies created within our hearts, note:
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”
 
Peter would continue to teach that this personal priestly service is to be uniquely viewed among those on the outside; in other words, they were to be different from those they now found themselves living among, note:
1 Peter 4:1-4 “Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.”
 
The digest of this instruction is summed up in the same instruction that was given to the Leviticus priests, “be holy, for I am holy”. This simply means:
 
We do what God says –
 
We do it the way God says it –
 
We do it for the reason God says to do it –
 
We do it because God said to do it!!!
 
Proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness –
BE HOLY!!!