For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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10The prophets, who prophesied about this gift of deliverance that was meant for you, pondered and inquired diligently about it. 11They were trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of the Messiah in them was referring in predicting the Messiah’s sufferings and the glorious things to follow. 12It was revealed to them that their service when they spoke about these things was not for their own benefit, but for yours. And these same things have now been proclaimed to you by those who communicated the Good News to you through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things!
13Therefore, get your minds ready for work, keep yourselves under control, and fix your hopes fully on the gift you will receive when Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is revealed. 14As people who obey God, do not let yourselves be shaped by the evil desires you used to have when you were still ignorant. 15On the contrary, following the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in your entire way of life; 16since the Tanakh (Old Testament) says,
“You are to be holy because I am holy.”
17Also, if you are addressing as Father the one who judges impartially according to each person’s actions, you should live out your temporary stay on earth in fear. 18You should be aware that the ransom paid to free you from the worthless way of life which your fathers passed on to you did not consist of anything perishable like silver or gold; 19on the contrary, it was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot. 20God knew him before the founding of the universe, but revealed him in the acharit-hayamim (last days) for your sakes. 21Through him you trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory; so that your trust and hope are in God.
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The Christian way is not new, only new to those who just received recently the message of Christ. This way is rooted in the beginning of time. It has prevailed all attempts to destroy it; it has withstood the test of time. It is not a passing fad or trend.
The Father created and nurtured, disciplined and provided for his creation. The Good News is how that was done. The coming of Christ, his suffering and sacrifice are what was necessary to cleanse the creation of the evil it had given way to.
This event and its implications for mankind were foretold to give encouragement to those who sought after the Father. Today the message continues to be told for the same reason.
To those who receive the Good News, Peter answers the question, “How then shall we live?” One, “get your minds ready for work,” is a mind-set; it is set on spiritual matters rather than earthly. Fill up on scripture, God’s words of love, direction and encouragement. Two, “keep yourselves under control,” speaks to possessing less self-inspired living and demonstrating more God-inspired living. Thirdly, “fix your hopes fully on the gift you will receive when Christ is revealed” tells where the focus is to be placed. Next, “become holy yourselves in your entire way of life,” instructs the believer to be holy; God is referenced when he says;
“You are to be holy because I am holy.”
This last statement clinches that something is required of the believer. But the believer is not abandoned; “trust in God, who raised him (Christ) from the dead and gave him glory; so that your trust and hope are in God.”
Pray – Father God, I praise you for what You do, for who You are. I acknowledge Your majesty and greatness. I look to You for help; no other can keep me as you do.
Repent – I am sorry for a generation who continues to turn from you to self. I repent for those times I lived selfishly instead of selflessly.
Ask – Be the power that enables me to have a mindset for work in Your kingdom; that gives the ability to exercise control over selfish desires and actions; that gives me the breastplate of Your righteousness so that I may be holy as You are.
Yes – To you be all praise, honor and glory.
Source: 1 Peter and Leviticus 11, 19, 20