September 13, 2022 – Tuesday
1 Peter 1:13 NIV
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.
1 Peter 1:13 NOG
13 Therefore, your minds must be clear and ready for action. Place your confidence completely in what God’s kindness will bring you when Yeshua Christ appears again.
1 Peter 1:13 CJB
13 Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Peter 1:13 ESV
13 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.
Yesterday’s post was about the three verses preceding our verse for today, 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. No matter what version of the verse for today you look at above, they all begin with Therefore which references these prior verses.
Thus, with the knowledge we now have of the grace prophesied and made real through Jesus the Messiah and witnessed by the Apostles we have some directions to follow. First, we are to prepare ourselves by having minds that are alert and fully sober NIV or have our minds ready for action and thinking clearly CJB. Both fully sober and thinking clearly indicate we are to keep in mind the wonderful gift of salvation we have received and not to let any other thinking lead us away from that wonderful knowledge.
Peter makes this more explicit when he concludes this verse with, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ ESV. We are not just to hope but set your hope fully (or completely) on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. MacLaren’s Expositions says, Christianity has transformed hope, and given it a new importance, by opening to it a new world to move in, and supplying to it new guarantees to rest on. MacLaren nails it when describes our hope of salvation as a new guarantee to rest on!
These were people who knew of Jesus’ life and that He died on the cross. They further knew of His resurrection, something unheard of before. Yet they knew of these basic facts and believed. This resulted in their hope fully on the grace from His death on the cross. If you lived in the first century, these were facts you heard of and were aware of. Then if you heard from an Apostle who was a witness to the resurrected Christ this became even more factual and more real. This is especially true when you heard of Saul who persecuted believers as a rising star among the Pharisees, but because of an encounter with the risen Christ he became Paul an Apostle to the Gentiles. Want more on this? Take under eight minutes to listen to Nabeel Qureshi defense of these basic facts here.
Bottom Line: Jesus lived. Jesus died on the cross. Jesus was resurrected. These are the facts we believe and base our hope of grace and salvation upon.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Let me never forget the reality of Jesus, His life, His death, His resurrection and the purpose of it all. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton