Friday November 14
The Believer's Conduct
1 Peter 1
In his first letter, the apostle Peter sought to build up his readers—including us—in their Christian walk. Let’s take a look at some of the key points in this passage.
Our life is to be based on the atoning work of Jesus Christ, who died to redeem us from bondage to sin. His precious blood paid in full the cost of all our transgressions—past, present, and future (Eph. 1:7). Upon acceptance of the Lord’s sacrificial death on our behalf, we experience a second birth and become spiritually alive (John 3:3). At that moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us. His presence is the evidence of our new position in Christ as well as a guarantee
of our future inheritance and our place in heaven. As God’s children, we’re commanded to live in holiness. This type of life is marked by a deep reverence for the Lord.
Our desire for holy living comes from knowing our Father’s character, understanding what it cost for us to be saved, and recognizing we will face a future judgment. One day we’ll stand before our Lord so He can assess our work and determine our heavenly rewards (1 Cor. 3:11-15). He will examine our inner feelings as well as our outward behavior. Acts of obedience will be rewarded; times of rebellion will not. In other words, our attitudes and choices really do matter, both in this life and in the future.
Take time regularly to ponder these truths. Use them to increase your desire to follow God, to make changes in your conduct, and to be His faithful, obedient servant.
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