Truth, Hope And Holiness
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16
We gird ourselves for protection particularly when we are going into battle. The girdle of God’s armor for our spiritual warfare is truth. We need to have our minds protected by the truth to guard against the lies, deceptions and subtleties of the enemy whose ways are exclusively intended for our destruction. By sobriety we remain sharp and attentive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in order to avoid the traps and the pitfalls the enemy would try to put in our way.
Hope is the force of stability that keeps us from floundering or being easily swayed by the distractions, temptations, frustrations and irrational machinations of a world growing ever more corrupt in all its ways. Therefore, we need to rest in that hope, because Jesus is coming again and all things will be set in order when He returns.
We were all once ignorant to the truth of God’s Word when in times past we acted according to the dictates of our un-regenerate hearts and minds, the lusts of the flesh, the pride of life, self-serving, self-seeking and ignorant to the covenants of promise. But now as obedient children we have a Father who sees and knows us and has sent us redemption through our Lord Jesus Christ. Now as His sons and daughters we have Him as our model, our pattern, the image of what we desire to be.
God is Holy and He has promised us that we will also be Holy. But Holiness is also our charge to live according to the Holy nature we now have in Christ. In all ways (our conversation) in our lives we have the opportunity to choose holiness instead of the baser things of this world. To be holy is to be set apart for a Godly purpose. All the elements and the people who served in the Holy place of the Tabernacle and the Temple were holy, the priests, the table of showbread, the golden lampstand, the altar of incense, the veil and the blood to be sprinkled on the Ark which stood alone behind the veil in the Holy of Holies.
Holy living is what we do by our decisions and choices moment-by-moment. Being Holy is a work of the Holy Spirit in us which makes us desire to act according to the holy calling we have in Christ Jesus and the Holy nature of our reborn spirit.
We are holy because He is Holy.