Anytime I get sick, I usually feel lethargic and weak. If I attempt to exert any amount of effort, I become easily winded and lightheaded; forcing me to sit down. I will typically put off going to the doctor until I am at the point where I can no longer function normally. Many times, we can feel like this when we are fighting sin. We can become discouraged and grow weary of dealing with the residual effects of the sin that still infects our hearts. However, as we talked about on Sunday, Jesus has brought about the final cure of our disease so that we can be made right before God. We, as Christians are waiting expectantly until the day of consummation when, not only will be free of the penalty of sin, we will also be free of the presence of sin. Until that day comes, we cannot be reminded enough about the truths that apply to us if we are found in Christ. Take a moment to read 1 Peter 1:13-21 and meditate on these verses.
In this section, Peter calls his audience to consider their lifestyle and pursue holiness because God is holy. It is full of imperatives that we as Christians are required to follow in order to be obedient to our Lord. However, Peter does not leave us without the truths that under-gird this type of obedience. We do not obey simply out of obligation or duty, but as a direct response to the work of Jesus on our behalf, and the realities that are applied to us because of this work.
We have been redeemed (v.18). In other words, your life had been purchased by God. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus on your behalf, paid the debt that you had accrued, due to your own sinfulness. And the beauty is, Jesus’ work is so sufficient, there is no more price to be paid. No matter, how grievous your sin was, is, or will be, those who trust in Christ will find no condemnation from God, because payment had been made in full. We have been singing How Deep the Father’s Love for Us and it puts it so beautifully:
“When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.”
We are children of God (v. 13). This is one of the most incredible claims in scripture and one of the most distinctive elements of the Christian faith. We, who were enemies of God, are not saved to a neutral position before God. Rather, the blood of Jesus, take us and gives us the designation of child. This means that the God of the universe cares for you as a father loves his child. God is not cold and distant, He is not oppressive and demanding, nor is He uncaring and vindictive; He is patient, kind, and abounding in steadfast love, not just generally, but specifically for you as His child.
Our faith and hope is secured, not by us, but by the resurrection of Jesus (v. 21). Our hope, is not like believing a particular medicine might bring relief to the illness nor is it like an experimental procedure that has a chance to rid us of the disease. Rather, the bible talks about our holiness as a sure thing. And that sure thing is rooted in the fact that Jesus’ was raised from the dead, never to die again.
When fighting sin gets wearisome, when discouragement swells, when sufferings abound, meditate on these truths and pray that God would firmly fix them in your mind. Because from the day that you trusted Christ to the edges of eternity, these truths will always be true about you. Praise God!