Verse: “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:13-16
“Be holy, because I am holy.” This is an impossible task without the blood of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, living a life without relying on the Bible for guidance and direction is impossible as well.
This is why The Lord gave His children the Word of God. When we are traveling through the valley of darkness, Scripture is our compass. He will never give us a detailed map, but only the next step to take. If we find that we are lost in the chaos of life, His instruction will renew our mind. Amidst the journey of sanctification there is a transformation which occurs within every mind and heart that follows Jesus. A person matures in Christ by studying God’s Word.
“To lead holy lives in an evil world, the believers would need a new mindset.” Life Application New Testament Commentary
“Be holy, because I am holy.” This is not a task a person can realize by their own strength. Nor can I renew my own mind by my own “good deeds.” Truth be told I am rotten inside. Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure…” Only by Christ in me does this impossibility of being holy become a possibility. He is the Great Physician that heals my aching and sinful heart- nothing else.
God’s Word is critical to the relationship of the Christ Follower. Here are a few more details that every Believer should learn:
- Old Testament Scripture was first written on stone, then clay and leather. The New Testament was scribed on papyrus scrolls in the first century. This is why we do not have originals in many cases, but have relied on the copies of copies made over the centuries.
- Between the years AD 300 – 1400 the Bible was copied onto animal skins from calves, antelope, sheep and goats.
- Today the Bible has been translated into nearly 3,000 languages.
- Ezra, a priest and scribe, helped collect and arrange the Old Testament books of the Bible, approximately in 450 BC.
- The New Testament books were collected by theologians and scholars of the time. By the 400’s AD, a consensus had already been established that 27 books could be traced to eyewitnesses and their close associates of Jesus. This was confirmed by Athanasius, Jerome, Augustine, and three church councils including the Synod of Carthage in AD 397.
- The Gospel Writers could be clearly identified.
- Mark was a close companion of Peter, who walked with Jesus, and used the Apostle as a source to write the Book of Mark.
- Matthew was a Disciple who walked with Jesus.
- Luke was a close friend of Paul, who met God on the Road to Damascus. Luke used the Apostle as a source to write the Book of Luke and the Book of Acts.
- John was a Disciple who walked with Jesus, and was the Disciple that Jesus loved.
- Peter was a Disciple.
- The Apostle Paul met God on the Road to Damascus and wrote most of the New Testament.
- James was the half-brother of Jesus.
- Sometimes people claim the Bible was edited. Books of the Bible which were not included are often referred to as Lost Books. However, these books were never lost. But rather these texts were never considered to be God’s Word. Historians have proven these writings were actually written centuries after Jesus lived, with the rise of Gnosticism.
These writings lacked apostolic authorship, among other things. Many of the Gnostic Gospels even taught Jesus was in fact God or divine person, but not man (Hypostatic Union).
Additional Readings: Psalm 119
Quote: “The letter of Scripture is a veil just as much as it is a revelation; hiding while it reveals, and yet revealing while it hides.” Andrew Jukes
Prayer: Father God I pray Lord that I live for You today. Rid me of myself and give me a holy mind. I want to be holy as You are holy. Transform my way of thinking. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.