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1 Peter Bible Study – Week 2

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Welcome to Week 2 of your 1 Peter Bible study. In this lesson, we want to look more closely at 1 Peter 1:13-25, which begins to lay out some important characteristics of our Christian identity.

When we talk about an identity we are talking who we are as individuals and as a church.

Often, this identity is tied to our career (I’m a doctor, lawyer, housewife, mechanic, student, etc.). It can also be tied to our denomination. I’m a Baptist or a Pentecostal, for example. Our identity may be tied to a political party, a role we play in the family or the church, and the list goes on.

However, a Christian identity is how God sees us and represents truly who we are, who we should be and how we should behave. When we let that identity sink in and through us, it should transform our way of thinking, speaking and acting. In short, we begin to live as God intended us to live.

Let’s study this passage to hear what God has to say about our Christian identity!

Read 1 Peter 1:13-16

Be Holy
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16

Questions to reflect on the passage
  • In verses 13-16 there are no less than 5 commands, which Peter gives to his readers. Can you list the five commands and give a brief description of each?
  • Verse 14 speaks about the readers’ “former lusts” which they practice in ignorance to God. What exactly would these former lusts include? For a hint see 1 Peter 4:3-4 as well as Col 3:5-9. What does these “former lusts” say about the type of life that Peter’s audience used to lead?
  • Verses 15-16 command Peter’s readers to “be holy”. What reasons does Peter give for this command?
  • Read Leviticus 11:45. When was the original command to be holy given, to whom was it given and why? Why are these answers important given that Peter is now speaking to Christians and not Israel of the Old Testament?
Questions to reflect on your life
  • Of the five commands that appear in verses 13-16, which of these do you need to most put in practice: “Prepare” your minds; “keep sober”; “fix your hope” on God’s grace; “do not be conformed to your former lusts”; “be holy”? Explain.
  • Did you become a Christian later in life such that you once lived in your “former lusts” in ignorance? Explain.
  • Do you see yourself as the spiritual heirs of God’s people in the Old Testament? Why or why not? What does it mean to be holy in your current context? Can you give specific examples?
Read 1 Peter 1:17-25

Questions to reflect on the passage
  • According to vv. 18-19, with what and from what were you redeemed? What does it mean to be “redeemed”?
  • In verse 22, Peter commands his readers to behave a certain way toward one another. What does he request and why?
Questions to reflect on your life
  • According to vv. 18-19, with what and from what were you redeemed? What does it mean to be
  • How should knowing that you were “redeemed” by the precious blood of Christ and born again of “imperishable seed” impact how you live? Explain.
  • Why is it so hard to “fervently love” other believers from the heart as Peter asks in this section? What impedes you from this type of radical love? Who most needs this type of love from you today?