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Girding up the Mind (6 of 20)
I Peter 1:13-21
March 2, 1997
This section begins with "therefore," which means we need to look back and see what it is "therefore. "
What Peter is giving reference to is ...
1. Since we are "elect according to the foreknowledge of God. "
2. Since we are "blessed and begotten unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
3. Since we have an "inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that does not fade away."
4. Since we are "kept by the power of God through faith."
5. Since we have a "genuine faith which is more precious than gold that perishes."
6. Since we have a salvation "which the prophets have inquired about and searched out carefully, and testified of the grace that would come."
7. Since we have a salvation of which the Holy Spirit "testified beforehand of the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow."
8. Since we have a Gospel, "which angels desire to look into."
We, "therefore, are to gird up the loins of our minds."
The first thing we do, once we are saved, is to learn to think right. What does that mean?
Putting it simply, it means, pull your thoughts together. Get your act together. You have a new life; now live a new way! "Old things are passed away; all things have become new."
The image or illustration is that of a robed man. That's what they wore in the First Century, tucking his skirt under his belt, so he could be free to run. It means, get ready to do something for God.
Here are some examples of "girding up the loins of your mind" from Scripture.
Exodus 12:11 ... Israel was "girding up," getting ready to do something big; like move 2.5 million people out of Egypt. The night before they left, they ate the Passover, and here is what Moses told them to do ... "And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lor ...
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