I like informality. I love working from my home office in flip-flops and bermudas. Ceremony is not my bailiwick. Most people today are non-traditional as well. The laid-back approach has won the day in our time.

That kind of approach, however, does not work well with God, not even having gained the right to call him Father. Continue reading

The Common English Bible has this rendering for 1 Pet 1.2:

God the Father chose you because of what he knew beforehand. He chose you through the Holy Spirit’s work of making you holy and because of the faithful obedience and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Apparently, the translators wanted to understand “obedience” as being that of Christ’s, so they then had to render the Greek preposition eis as “because of.” Continue reading

almighty-god-omnipotentAfter stating what God will do for his people, Peter erupts in doxology, the praise of a presbyter that, following his imperatives and precepts, recognizes the source of all possibilities.

To him belongs the power forever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:11 NET

Do this, do that, resist the devil, stay awake — and know — glory to God for this! — that he will make all your effort worth it and will guarantee your spiritual success. Because all the power that belongs to him is yours in Christ Jesus.

Omnipotent God, I praise you for investing in me the spiritual forces to go the distance and draw near to you. Amen.

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Time to do the will of GodBefore, we lived to satisfy evil desires. Selfish desires. Corrupt, immoral desires. Now, as God’s people, we ought to live with another goal in mind.

… live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.
1 Peter 4:2 ESV

The time we wasted was enormous. The time left to us is short. There’s no time to lose. The day to start is called today.

God of saving will, may my goal be to cease from sin and to continue with obedience. Because that’s what Christ did. Amen.

 

Bible and religion

The Bible appears to be an outdated volume to many, its precepts and perspectives reflecting an outmoded culture and, therefore, inferior to modern evolved concepts. It’s important to emphasize the difference between a caricature of religion in the Middle Ages and the divine revelation of Scripture, but even then many discount any truth or conduct manifest in it. Like this one:

In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands.
1 Peter 3:1a NET Continue reading

Christian action

People in the world react to their circumstances and to others around them. They determine their attitudes and actions based on what others do. The Christian doesn’t follow the world’s standard.

Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are perverse.
1 Peter 2:18 NET

Even with a bad master, the Christian slave could serve with respect, doing his best. Who determined his actions was Christ and not his master.

In the same way, in every area of life, the Christian acts with the Lord Jesus as his rule. He no longer reacts to others. Having the Lord as his reference point provides him security and integrity.

Unchanging Lord, thank you for giving me the means to be always the same, as is Jesus, yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.

It’s a common view that the ark saved Noah and his family from the water. The flood is seen as the threat to their safety, since it destroys the human population of that period.

That view is reflected in what must be the worst rendering of the New Living Translation, which I otherwise appreciate: “Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood” (1 Peter 3:20). The original text says nothing about drowning! Continue reading