by Darrel Cline (darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)
Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 3 May 10, 2009 Lincolnton, N.C.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
1901 ASV Translation:
13 Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance:
15 but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living;
16 because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.
I. Peter's Focus Upon "Holiness".
A. Begins with the "mind".
1. The focus upon "girding" [See notes for Apr. 26, 2009].
2. The focus upon "being sober" [See notes for May 3, 2009].
B. Assumes the identity of "children".
1. The issue of "children" is the issue of assumed affection/commitment. It is not primarily a matter of physical generation (Luke 16:25), but it does use that linkage often simply because that relationship lends itself to the meaning of affection/commitment easily and one is "shocked" if that relationship is in contradiction to the assumption (Matthew 13:12).
2. The characteristic of these children is "obedient". The word implies a submission to the things "heard".
a. There is a contrasting negative: "fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts".
1) For Americans, this is a shocker in that we tend to think in terms of simply bringing in the "blessing" of Jesus to add to our self-indulgences in the various areas of our lusts. The reason for this seems to be the knee-jerk assumption that no one has any "right" to "tell" us to limit our indulgences in any way. We have, as a matter of course, the "right" to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (in terms, of course, of our definitions of what constitutes life, liberty, and happiness).
2) The term used for "fashioning" is used only here and in Romans 12:2. Online Bible says that the root of the term indicates instability or changeability. The implication is that men, in their lusts, are typically unstable, running here and there seeking what they cannot find.
3) "Former" lusts indicates the notion of "before the change" (in terms of time, or some other standard of measure).
b. There is the former situation: ignorance. This is a large subject. Its bottom line seems to be a "not knowing" in terms of consequences.