Being Ready for Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:10 (MEV): Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. In my reading, it occurred to me that what we consider to be the epitome of preparation for spiritual warfare as being Paul's description of the armor we must wear. These are his final thoughts on the …

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Live Like Jesus

1 Peter 3:13 (MEV): Who is he who will harm you if you follow that which is good? This is a rhetorical question. One that Peter asks knowing the obvious answer. For us believers, as the previous citation of Psalms 34 teaches--the eyes of the Lord on the righteous, and He's set His face against …

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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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Live as Servants of God

1 Peter 2:11 (MEV): Dearly beloved, I implore you as aliens and refugees, abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul. Now comes the practical application again. This echoes Peter's introduction to this epistle where he calls his audience pilgrims or refugees. We are taking temporary shelter in this world, its economies, and …

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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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It’s Time to Take in Jesus and Put Away the Former Things

1 Peter 2:1 (MEV): Therefore put away all wickedness, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking. Because of all the things Peter addresses previously, we ought willfully live differently. That means putting away the former things we did by habit. That different way of living would have us to rid ourselves of wickedness in any …

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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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