Strangers & Aliens (1 Peter)
How to Live a Holy Life in a Land that is Not Your Own
Peter’s audience was made up of people like you and me, who had been dispersed around the known world. Persecution was ramping up. They were beginning to feel the pressure of believing in Jesus within a culture that didn’t. But God called them to represent him well. They were to be holy.
Just like these early believers, we can learn to thrive in a similar culture. We can be at peace, lead others to Christ, and glorify God. The key is to become more like Jesus. It is to be holy. Today we’ll learn how to live a holy life in a land that is not our own.
Peter will tell us that this is possible when we live with hope that comes from a focused mind that is free from the world’s distractions. We can also live in holiness when we put our ultimate hope in the future coming of Jesus and rest in the power of our salvation, which is made possible by the blood of Christ.
1 Peter 1:13-21
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the 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.
Learning how we can stand firm, endure trials, say no to fear, love others well, and Impact the world for Christ in a hostile and changing culture.