Be Holy: Devotion
1 Peter 1:17-21: Be Holy: Devotion
“17And 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,18knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.20He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake,21who 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.”
Once again we see Peter reminding us that our hope and salvation come from God’s foreordained plan to raise Jesus from the dead, so that we can have hope in this life and the life to come. Note the Old Testament imagery of Jesus being the spotless lamb who was sacrificed for our salvation, which connects Him to the obvious type in the OT. What is interesting is the fact that Christ (His action on the cross) was “foreknown before the foundation of the world.” This was God’s plan from the beginning; it is not an afterthought following the fall of man. His creation was to demonstrate His glory, and the whole story demonstrates His Glory the best (See Acts 2:23; 4:4:27-29). God is sovereign and in control of everything. Isaiah 45:7 reminds us that God is in control, and the ultimate cause of all things including the brutal death of His own Son.
- What are the “futile ways” we inherit from our ancestors?
- What does it say about our past? Do our futile ways control us?
- What delivers us from them?
- How does knowing that this has been God’s plan before He created the world help or hurt us?