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Let's Move Beyond Philadelphia: How to Love Like an Alien (6 of 16)
Series: Living in a Stable Economy
1 Peter 1:22-2:1
March 20, 2011
TEXT: 1 PETER 1:22-2:1
So far in this letter that Peter has written he has given four imperatives or commands concerning how to live as an exile:
We've seen how to "think" like an alien.
The first one was to "Look Up." Set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
We've seen how to "act" like an alien.
Then "Straighten Up." In other words, be holy in your conduct.
Then last week we saw where we were to "conduct ourselves with fear" during the time of our exile.
And now Peter is showing us how to "love" like an alien.
The imperative or command is found in the latter part of verse 22:
"love one another earnestly from a pure heart."
This is not an option for an alien.
Peter is telling us this is where we HAVE to go.
As I studied and wrestled with this passage, it seemed to me that Peter was showing us a progression of things to get us to "love one another earnestly from a pure heart."
I see it as sort of a map to show us how to get to where we need to go.
What we are going to see is that Peter is commanding us to move beyond brotherly love, in Greek the word is Philadelphia, and to reach a deeper, unconditional, more sacrificial love.
So the question is, "How can we get beyond Philadelphia?"
I think Peter shows us certain stops along the way.
So, let's map our course to see how we can get there.
What is the first stop on our journey?
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth…
1 Peter 1:22a
In this sentence structure, the obedience to truth precedes everything else.
This is the foundation, or the first stop, for being exactly what God desires.
This is really the first place to begin when it comes to getting anywhere in your Christian life.
Some people try to bypass this stop.
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