Saturday, October 26, 2019

Introduction to 1 Peter (Modified Talk)

The Greek word translated "holy" appears 8 times in Peter's first inspired letter (1 Pet. 1:12, 15-16; 2:5, 9; 3:5). 1 Peter thus emphasizes our need to be holy. For example, notice 1 Pet. 1:14-16.

To be holy means to be clean or set apart for Jehovah's service. Holiness is not a choice, but an obligation: we must be holy in all our conduct as Jehovah our heavenly Father is holy. Yet how can we imitate God's holiness since we're imperfect, but he is not?

Although we're imperfect sinners, we manifest holiness by obediently preaching the kingdom good news and setting an example in our conduct (Philippians 2:15). However, when we unintentionally commit sin, we exemplify holiness by showing true remorse and shunning "practices that dishonor Jehovah.​"

Help us, O God of our salvation,

For the sake of your glorious name;

Rescue us and forgive our sins for the sake of your name. (Psalm 79:9)

Our worship cannot be clean if we do things that Jehovah hates, such as actions that are immoral, violent, or connected with demonism. (Romans 6:12-14; 8:13) However, it would also displease Jehovah if we allowed ourselves to be entertained by such things.

The Bible encourages us to be morally, spiritually and physically clean.

2 comments:

FikraZaKSmooth said...

My brother, how far do you live from Raleigh NC? I'm in the Swahili Congregation here in Raleigh. I've been following your blog for several years now, previously I lived in Va. I'd love to meet with you in person and chat if you're not far away! Please let me know, YB, KCW

Edgar Foster said...

Hello Brother KCW, please email me at my work eail, edgar.foster@lr.edu

I'm about 3 hours from Raleigh. Thanks for also following the blog, brother.