The Apostle Peter has a lot of practical advice for real life. But, he doesn’t issue commands and then stop. He tells you why:
- Why should a Christian try his best to be holy, because God is holy?
- Why should you prepare your minds for action, by being sober-minded?
- Why should you not conform yourself to the wicked lusts you had during your earlier ignorance, before you were a Christian?
We talked a bit about that last week, but here Peter gives us one all-important reason – gratitude. Peter could have answered in so many different ways. He could have emphasized judgment and wrath. He could have stressed God’s holiness. He could have warned about certain punishment. He didn’t, even though all those answers would have been right.
Instead, Peter focuses on loving obedience that flows from your gratitude and thankfulness to God because of what Christ has done. This is at the heart of what it means to “live with fearful reverence.” Listen to today’s Sunday School lesson for more:
The PDF notes are available here. As always, the entire 1 & 2 Peter teaching series is available here. Unless I note otherwise, assume the English translation in my notes (and in the Scripture graphics, below) is mine.