Taking the Message Home: Holiness

In our passage today, Peter discusses the relationship between hope and holiness, tying the gospel to both salvation and sanctification (growth in Christ).

  • When asking a professor in seminary whether every Christian is holy, he answered, “Yes and no.” What does the “yes” mean? What does the “no” mean?
  • Can you explain how the gospel presented in verses 18-19 has the power to sanctify? Are you experiencing that power now?
  • What is the difference between conformity to the law of God, and gospel transformation born of the love for God?

Peter recognizes how tempting it is for elect exiles (Christians in the world) to fall back into the sinful desires and actions of their life before Christ. To combat this tendency, Peter urges us to be holy in all our conduct because God is holy (v.15-16).

  • What is your plan for dying to sin and growing in holiness? Does it match up with Peter’s instruction on gospel sanctification?
  • What help do you need right now as you pursue Christ in the gospel for holiness?

Holiness is not something we are called upon to do in order that we may become something; it is something we are to do because of what we already are—Martyn-Lloyd Jones

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