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Summary: 1 of 8. Peter exhorted the aliens to love their brothers & sisters in Christ as they were also loved by God. Christians are to love as they are loved by God. But how are they to live out that love? God’s love is lived out thru an encounter with...

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LOVING THE BRETHREN-I—1Peter 1:22—2:12

Attention:

In our study of 1Peter we have examined the fact that Christians are...

CONSIDERED ALIEN(:1-2)...

We've also discovered:

WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD—(:3-12)

And found out some means of...

UNLEASHING Your SPIRITUAL VITALITY/Vigor—(:13-21)

Today we’re going to begin applying the above truths toward LOVING THE BRETHREN(1:22—2:12).

Peter exhorted the aliens to love their brothers & sisters in Christ as they were also loved by God.

Christians are to love as they are loved by God.

How are Christians to live out God’s love?

Encounters thru which Christians are to live-out God’s love.

1—God’s love is lived out thru an encounter with...

CLEANSING(:22a)

Explanation:(:22a)

:22—“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,”

Purity—Begins with obedience

Obedience—begins with the truth(word & voice)

Sincerity—begins with purity

Fervency—Begins with sincerity

Being obedient is manifested by one’s having “purified” his “soul.”

This purification is a personal work wrought thru a disciplined commitment to the truth that Jesus’ power in His Holy Spirit must be engaged to circumvent the desires of the flesh, thru cleansing of the soul.

“Purified”—agnizw—1)To make pure, purify, or cleanse either ceremonially or morally. Strong—To make clean, i.e. figuratively--Sanctify(ceremonially or morally). Used 7X.

“Souls”(See 2:11)—quch—1)Breath—1a) The breath of life—1a1) The vital force which animates the body & shows itself in breathing, 1b) Life, 1c) That in which there is life; 2) The soul—2a) The seat of the feelings, desires, affections, aversions(our heart, soul etc.), 2b) The (human)soul in so far as it is constituted that by the right use of the aids offered it by God it can attain its highest end & secure eternal blessedness, the soul regarded as a moral being designed for everlasting life, 2c) The soul as an essence which differs from the body(distinguished from other parts of the body). Strong—Breath, i.e. by implication--Spirit, abstractly or concretely(the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from pneuma, which is the rational & immortal soul; & on the other from zwh, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew vpn, xwr & yx). From —qucw—meaning ‘to breathe.’

Argumentation:

2Pet. 1:5-9—“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, & to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours & abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, & has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”


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