Willingly Suffering for Another is Holiness

1 Peter 3:8–9 (MEV): Finally, be all of one mind, be loving toward one another, be gracious, and be kind. Do not repay evil for evil, or curse for curse, but on the contrary, bless, knowing that to this you are called, so that you may receive a blessing. Peter's constant theme is our conduct …

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The Living Temple of God

1 Peter 2:5 (MEV): you also, as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house as a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. From our previous excursion we note some important things: What God is doing is new, and it is alive. It is …

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Purified by Obedience

1 Peter 1:22–23 (MEV): Since your souls have been purified by obedience to the truth through the Spirit unto a genuine brotherly love, love one another deeply with a pure heart, for you have been born again, not from perishable seed, but imperishable, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. Since your …

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Especially to Those Who Believe

1 Timothy 4:10 (MEV): For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Sometimes, Scripture is very precise in what is being said. Many times, that precision is glossed over. This is one of those …

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The Wages of Sin

Romans 6:23 (MEV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The wages of sin is death. It's that simple. Think about what Paul is saying. Understanding this critical point is a foundation to everything. To do that, consider the context… Romans 6:19–23 …

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Genesis 2:17: You Will Surely Die?

Genesis 2:17 (MEV): but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die." When you read that verse, what comes to mind? I offer, most who read the verse won't really take it at what is written. …

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