The End of The Age
A Sermon on 1 Peter 1:13-25
Called to Be Holy
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (ESV)
We live in a world of uncertainty. It might seem that our lives are near perfect, or it could be the complete opposite and it seem like our lives are falling apart. What will you do when the trials of life seem to continually crash against you like the waves? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones challenges us to “gird up the loins of our mind,” as we live in this ever changing world. He very clearly exposits 1 Peter 1:13-25, laying out the hope that we have as foreigners in a strange land. Our only hope is the return of Jesus Christ which will take place at the end of time. At the end of time everyone will rise from the dead to experience judgement. Lloyd-Jones clearly explains that the judgement comes from a God who is holy and he judges each person’s works impartially from the standard of his own holiness. The only way that we can measure up to his standard of holiness is through the Lord Jesus Christ who died and rose again on our behalf. Christians, remember that this life is short, we will die, but Christ will return. Hope in Christ, for that is the only certainty in an uncertain world.