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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Bible Passage:1 Peter 1:15-16

but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."

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Here St. Peter quotes a passage from the Old Testament, (Lev 19:2), where God says: You shall be holy; for I am holy.  That is, since I am your Lord and God, and you are My people, you too must be as I am.  For a faithful master is careful that his people should be like him, and walk in obedience and be conformed to his will.  As then God our Master is holy, so are His people holy also, and we are all holy if we walk in faith.  The word holy means that which is God's own, and which belongs to Him alone, or, as we render it, consecrated.  Thus St. Peter here says: You are merely required to give God His own; therefore beware that you do not suffer yourselves to be led back again to worldly lusts, but let God alone rule, live, and work within you: then shall you be holy, even as He is holy.  Thus he has to this point described the grace which is extended to us through the Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, and has taught us how we should conduct ourselves, namely, that we abide in a pure, inviolate mind of faith.  The greatest work that follows faith is this, that with my mouth I should confess Christ.  Thereafter follow also other works, which must all be directed to this end, that I may thereby serve my neighbor.  All of which God must work in us; for there is no profit if we should lead a carnal life and do whatever we please.

Enlarge my heart to make Thee room;
Enter, and in me ever stay:
The crooked then shall straight become;
The darkness shall be lost in day.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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