God gives us this command in 1 Peter 1:16: “Be holy, for I am holy.”
Who is God speaking to? Here’s the verse in context:
1 Peter 1:13-20
“13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”
Who is God speaking to?
Verse 14: “As obedient children…”
God is speaking through the apostle Peter to those who are God’s children.
Do you have a personal relationship with God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, you are God’s child. You have been “born again”, forgiven of your sins, and adopted into God’s family. God is your Father and He is speaking to you. “Be holy, for I am holy.”
What does “holy” mean? It carries the idea of separated, set apart, and cut off. When “holy” is used in the Bible to describe God, it conveys two ideas: God is infinitely pure and God is infinitely great. And He is calling His children to imitate Him.
We’ll find out more about holiness in our next blog.
What Do You Think?
God speaks to us through His Word. Communication goes both ways in a relationship. What would you want to say to God? What would you like to hear?
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