22 Strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
20 For our citizenship is in heaven [having been translated there]; from where we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
|1 Peter 1:15-18|
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,
|Psalms 50:23 |
23 Whoever offers praise, glorifies me; and to him who orders his way aright, will I show the salvation of God."