Set Apart – 1 Peter 1:13-21
13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written: “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
In the first two weeks of our study in this letter, we encountered—in just 12 verses—glorious truths about God and His redemption from our sin. In this passage, Peter opens with a “therefore,” and begins to explain how these truths impact our daily lives and protect our hearts from hoping in things that will not last or save. In light of Jesus’ salvation, Peter gives three commands in this passage: set your hope, be holy, and conduct yourselves in fear.