|1 Peter 1:14-18 |
14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts of the time of your ignorance;
17 And if you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in reverent fear; [Notice! God judges all persons without partiality according to every man's work; all persons includes those in the churches to whom Peter was writing; for if you are not holy, (still sinning), when you die, you are defiled and will be banned from heaven. From the word of the Lord within: "Everyone is expecting Jesus to be their excuse. No man is promoted or excused that repeats sin. Only a heart that is purged of sin is acceptable to God."]
18 You know that from your vain way of life, handed down from your ancestors, you were ransomed, not with perishable things like silver and gold,
5 As he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of conduct. What kind of holiness is required? As Jesus was holy, you are required to be holy. From the word of the Lord within: "You must be holy as I am holy. Pursue righteousness and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord." So we are to be holy like Jesus was holy; we are to be righteous, like Jesus was righteous, and we are to be perfect, like the Father is perfect. Peter reminds the believers that they have given up their former lusts. But those who call themselves Christians of the deficit sects, are still following their lusts: lusts of the flesh, (exotic foods, drink, sex, drugs), and lusts of the eye, (cars, clothes, home furnishings). Lust is covetousness, which is to want something from people or things themselves. Instead we are supposed to forsake our lusts, putting them behind us, and be holy in all manner of conduct. This is the order to those who aspire to salvation: Be holy as Jesus was holy; however, this is something that no matter how hard you try, you can't do it until the Lord purifies your heart and soul by you going to him — waiting, listening, hearing, and obeying — repetitively, enduring until the end, when He brings your salvation and eternal life, the superior life of God.