The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 21 March 2019 – Now that you have been Regenerated
TOPIC: Now that you have been Regenerated
READ: 1 Peter 1:13-25 King James Version (KJV)
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.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
How will you feel if you saw a Governor or President eating boiled corn along the street or a Professor eating mangoes in the market? Of course, that will be quite embarrassing! This is because different positions require specific behaviours from their role incumbents. Similarly, todays passage outlines biblical requirements for those who have been called unto a new life in Christ.
The Bible reminds us about the nature of He who has called us (verse 15&17). He is holy and impartial in judgment. This realization should make us holy in speech and conduct (verse 21). We are also to remember that we are chosen (verse 24), powerfully and supernaturally redeemed (verse 18) and purchased and regenerated by an ever living word of God (verse 19). This means that we have a new life, free from the bondages of sin, demonic oppressions, ancestral curses, evil habits and weaknesses.
We are also reminded about God’s future plan concerning the rapture (verse 13). Hence, we are to continually focus our thoughts on the Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. This will make us to live in obedience to the word of God and desist from the entanglements of the world.
These expected behaviours should characterise our lives as we await the return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
PRAYER: Oh Lord, help me to live out a regenerated life to those around me.