It is interesting that Peter starts with: prepare your minds for action! We might think that prepare your hearts for action might be a better call. Peter, the action man, is no stranger to thought or its place. Right thinking (or good theology) is imperative for godly action. The first ten verses of chapter 2 are very significant verses.
In our passage today Peter gets stuck right into the outworking of life as God’s people.
Prepare your minds for action. Be sober-minded. Set our hope on God’s grace.
Don’t be conformed to the previous mindset (the world).
BE HOLY. Why? Because God is holy.
There are lots of practical applications that Peter gives us, they are good to wrestle with and be encouraged and exhorted by.
At the end of the passage Peter harkens back to Hosea 1, where we see how Israel were, and how we are, outside of Jesus. Hosea’s wife Gomer had a second child that the Lord named “No Mercy”, and a third child that the Lord named “Not My People”.
How wonderful then, for Israel but also for everyone (born in sin, enemies of God, outside the camp), that Jesus reverses this as Peter tells us, “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
Hallelujah for God’s mercy, for Jesus!
* Father God,
Thank You that we see and experience Your mercy first and foremost in Jesus. His birth, life, blood, death and resurrection.
Thank You that we are Your people, that we have received Your mercy.