Summary: There should be a change after someone gets saved.
1 Peter 1:13-16 A Changed Life
Introduction: We saw in verses 3-5 that God has been good to the Christian. Peter tells us four
specific things God has done for the Christian.
He has saved us (v.3). He gives us a living Hope (v.3b).
He give us an inheritance (v.4). He guards us (v.5).
Christians should bless God because these things He has done for us.
In verses 6-12, Peter told us Christians can have Inexpressible Joy in trials if they:
see trials from the correct Perspective (v.6). see that trials have a Purpose (v.7).
see that trials produce a product (v.7). realize you don’t have rely on sight
see ourselves in a Privileged Position and time (10-12).
What should be the result of all this? Should we just say “that is nice” and go our way?
Peter wants to apply what he has said so far “Wherefore” (v.13) = refers back to v. 3-12.
If we have been saved, If we possess an inheritance, a living hope and are kept safe by
God, and if we have a joy that inxepresible – all of which was not ours before salvation
shouldn’t we different than the world around us?
Proposition: Every Christian should have a changed life.
In what way? By
Text: 1 Peter 1:13-16
I. Christians should prepare their minds for action
“gird up the loins of our minds” (v.13).
A. Picture: of man gathering up his long main outer garment and tucking it into his belt so
as to leave his limbs free for action. This allowed men to men to do quick, agile
motions and strenuous work. Some scriptural examples are:
(Elijah running; 1 Kings 18:46),
(Servant waiting on a table; Luke 17:8),
(Passover was to be eaten in haste with girded; Ex. 12:11). they were ready…
Signifying: We need to be prepared by putting away that which gets in our way.
I wonder, what is our mental state, when it comes to spiritual things. Are we distracted?
God wants you to be ready in your mind; be mentally alert. Minds centered on Christ…
II. Christians should be self-controlled (v. 13). “be sober” (v.13).
A. Picture: of one who is abstaining from alcohol. Alcohol controls and affects you mind.
Signifying: Stated Negatively: You should not let anything intoxicate you.
Stated Positively: You ought to be self-controlled, and clear thinking…
Application: It is okay to like something and even to have a hobby – but
If they start controlling you…
If they consume your thoughts…
If they consume your time…
If they cause you to neglect your duties…
Men: motorcycles, cars, sports, job, television….
Women: Reading, Crafts, Shopping…
We need to take control and not let things control us.
III. Christians should have eye for the future (v. 13).
“to the end” in KJV is literally “unwaveringly, perfectly, completely, steadfastly”
We can have degrees of Hope and Peter tells us to have a “hope that doesn’t wave”
We are to have a perfect, unwaving hope.
Hope = confident expectation that is well grounded, more than a wishful desire.
“hope to the end” (v.13). tense = aorist imperative (command to begin doing this)
Paul put it this way in Phil. 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath