1 Peter 1:13-16 A 3 Dimensional Life Style


Intro: Some of you remember back when 3D comics were the in thing

A)In order to bring the picture into focus you had to wear the right eye wear - / Glasses cardboard frames / orange/Red Cellophane lenses


B) With out those glasses the picture was blurry and Nonsensical –but w/ them the picture became clear /and compellingly real

1)   Disneyland –Honey we shrank ourselves – Giant snake – amazing


C) As Christians we live w/ a 3 Dimensional Perspective / the scriptures are our glasses that help bring this life into focus

1)   Integrating the 3 Dimensions or the 3 Kingdoms to which every believer belongs


D) First there is  the world or Kingdom around us – this planet / our jobs / our friends / these fleshly bodies / all of which – Present challenges

1)This world that we live in is marked by greed / unfairness / disappointment


E) This world is controlled by our adversary the Devil – god of this world

1)   He has an agenda – program – that is aimed at –DESTRUCTION and

DISTRACTION / Distracting people of their need of God/ - DESTROY



Then there is the world or the Kingdom which is to Come – The Kingdom of our Lord – marked by peace / Joy / perfect righteousness

A)A kingdom in which there will be no more pain / no more sorrow / no tears / a Kingdom marked by Beauty, Perfection & Ultimate Satisfaction


B) We are presently longing for that Kingdom – longing for that day when we will enter into that perfect & complete rest & be w/ our Lord

     1) Joy that is beyond anything we could ever experience in this life !!




But then there is this 3rd Kingdom – the Kingdom with in

A)The Kingdom w/in our hearts where He who is the King of kings and the Lord of Lords is wanting to reign


B) Jesus made this statement in Luke 17:21 to His disciples that the Kingdom of God is with in You

1)Meaning that where ever the King is reigning there the Kingdom of God is


C) So when we allow Jesus to reign in our Lives – He sets up His Kingdom w/ in our Hearts ( Makes our hearts His home)


D) As we align our hearts w/ His Heart – thru studying His word – He seeks to help us Navigate our way successfully in this world  /

1)   In a way that is Preparing us for the Kingdom that is to Come


E)So as Believers we are to be 3 Dimensional people – Living in this world / Longing and Looking for that Kingdom that is to come

1)   Finding the Balance & being affective – by being submitted to the King has set up His Kingdom w/ in our Hearts / Directing our lives



Peter Brings these 3 Kingdoms or worlds together in this first Ch.

A)In v.3 – He tells us that we have been begotten again to a Living Hope –

     Born again transferred into a New Kingdom – out of Darkness / Light


B) Out of One Kingdom marked by Destruction & Despair into another that is marked by Hope – Hope that is alive – REZ

1)   Living Hope – Because He who rose is alive Living in Us !! as Paul declared Christ in you is your hope of Glory


C) It could be said of each of us that we are under New Management

1)   And the Spirit of God who is w/ in us is constantly reminding us of that Glory that is to Come – Eternity – ( Home is )



D) Where we are going to receive an inheritance that is incorruptible / can’t be defiled / unfading….


E)  But in the mean time we are living in this world where we encounter trials / testings / where we are challenged & Pressed

1)   But the Lord is using those things to Strengthen our faith in the Lord  & Deepen our Love for the Lord !!



As we come to verse 13 Peter Reveals that the Reality of the Kingdom to Come – the inheritance that awaits us

A)And the Presence of the King w/ in us – Christ our Hope of Glory – Our Living Hope – should affect the way we think & the way we Live


B)Therefore – Because Begotten again living hope / Inheritance / Great salvation that Prophets studied / Apostles Preach / Angels…..look into



B) This is a deliberately vivid phrase. In the east men wore long flowing robes which hindered fast progress or strenuous action.


C) But around their waist they wore a broad leather belt called girdle; and when they needed to move quickly or to work strenuously 

1)   they would shorten their long robe by pulling it up within the belt in order to give them freedom of movement. 


D)To Gird up the loins of your mind” simply means, “Pull your thoughts together! Gather your thoughts together unto the Lord

1)   taking every thought captive unto Christ


E)Gather your attitudes and outlooks and place them under JESUS

1)   SO that you will be Free in your following after Christ – not encumbered by other things that would distract you – Pursuit


We might better understand what is meant by this if we Consider the Opposite Condition ( Opposite of Gathering up is Looseness/ Laxity

A)Some Christians are very Laxed & Loose in their thinking AND in their approach to life 


B) Some are Laxed in their mentality as it relates to their faith – (Smorgasbord of Theology) – a little of this / little of that

1)   What ever works – whatever New wind is blowing thru the Church / they latch on to that


C) There is no firmness to their Doctrine – but everything is very experiential – experiences are more important than truth!!!


Others are Lax or Loose in their view of Morality

A)They think nothing of going to places where  immoral behavior is promoted – where God’s name is Blasphemed


B) Think nothing of sitting down to watch a movie that is going to show nudity / sex scene / vulgarity (  But it is such a good story)



C) The internet today is a Plethora for – the mind to engage in immorality

1)   We continue to have women come forward –Husbands into Porn. on the net -  4,000 new sites a day   (BLOCKER)


D) Some how People rationalize such immoral behavior – God is gracious He will forgive me to it is just not a Big deal


Isa.5:20 Described our Day -Woe to those who call evil good

     and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,

      who put bitter for sweet  and sweet for bitter.

Others are Loose or Lax in their Business dealings – Dishonest in their approach / way they treat people / cut corners


An old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his doctor and his
lawyer, both church members, to come to his home. When they arrived
they were ushered up to his bedroom.
 As they entered the room the preacher held out his hands and motioned
for them to sit, one on each side of his bed. The preacher grasped
their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled and stared at the ceiling.

 For a time, no one said anything. Both the doctor and lawyer were
touched and flattered that the preacher would ask them to be with him
during his final moments. They were also puzzled; the preacher had
 never given them any indication that he particularly liked either of them.

They both remembered his many long, uncomfortable sermons about
greed, covetousness and wrong behavior that made them squirm in their seats. Finally, the doctor said, "Preacher, why did you ask us to
The old preacher mustered up his strength, then said weakly,
"Jesus died between two thieves.. and that's how I want to go."


What I find interesting about that story is those two men squirmed thru many a sermon – but never Changed –

A)Never girded up the Loins of their Mind by Repenting – having a Change of mind – that leads to a Change of Heart


B) Sad but many “Christians” do the same thing today – feel conviction but never – deal w/ it – SURRENDER to the Lord


You cannot Change Your heart but you can change your mind –God can Change your heart, but he won’t Change your mind. But if Choose to Change your mind –God will Change your heart


Been said that Outlook determines outcome; attitude determines action. A)A Christian who is looking for the glory of God has a greater motivation for present obedience than a Christian who ignores the Lord’s return.


B)The contrast is illustrated in the lives of Abraham and Lot (Gen. 12-13)   

     1)Abraham had his eyes of faith on that heavenly city, so he had no

        interest in the world’s real estate.


C)But Lot, who had tasted the pleasures of the world in Egypt, gradually moved toward Sodom.

1)   Abraham brought blessing to his home, but Lot brought judgment.

    Outlook determined outcome.


J.S. Eternity When we are consumed with the reality of Heaven, Christ is free to Consume us on earth. When we realize that final gain is there and then we are free to live for Him here and Now


D) So Peter says – Here is where it starts – you gird up the Loins of your Mind – Change the way that you think –

1)   See things from that Eternal / heavenly perspective – Putting your thoughts in alignment w/ the King who lives inside


The 2nd thing that Peter says is Be sober – Girding up the Loins of the mind – dealt primarily about how we thought /  rightly

A)The exhortation to BE SOBER – speaks of How we Act !


B) Sober is the opposite of being intoxicated – we have all seen people who were intoxicated by Alcohol or Drugs

1)   We watched how it altered their behavior – speech / their walk / their

      ability to operate a motor Vehicle


People also can become intoxicated by their circumstances / their whole outlook is determined by what is going on 

A) Their Lives controlled by emotions -their behavior is influenced by whatever emotion has control of them/ fear /Anxiety / Anger / Doubt / Depression 


B) They are Literally intoxicated by their emotions & the way they think / talk / Act/ and deal w/ other people is Determined by that emotion

1)   Some are Drunk w/ Anger – always uptight about something – it comes

    out in their  speech / Negative / cutting / abusive / degrading


C) For Others it is worry / Anxiety – always freaking out over things / never relaxed – always analyzing every situation

     1) They constantly are playing the what if games


D) These people were under going great persecution / by exhorting them to be Sober – Peter was saying Don’t be drunk by fear/ anxiety or revenge

1)   Don’t allow those emotions to control your outlook or your actions


E)Peter says – Don’t be controlled by your emotions – But think rightly

    BE SOBER -                 STECKEL

rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;


I LOVE THIS – instead of being caught up in some emotional havoc

Freaking out over this or that – REST

A)Rest in the hope that is yours in Christ !!!!


B) In other words –Keep looking towards your Glorification

1)   Someone once said – When the Outlook is Bad – try the Up look


as obedient children Lit As Children of Obedience – speaks – more of Who we are not something that we do

, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”£


The Word Conform = to fashion or to Model – Picture a Model who is portraying a certain Look

A)Peter is saying Our lives should have a whole new look – not after the former Picture – Lust of our ignorance


B) Before you knew Christ –think about all the stupid things that your did  things that you thought were going to make you happy

1)   Things that you  Bought / Pursued / clothes that you wore


C) Peter –says don’t fashion your lives after those things – But Because You are God’s Children – You have His Nature /

     1) Act Like it –by fashioning your life after HOLINESS / nature of parent



What does it mean to be HOLY?

A)Now a lot of people have the wrong idea about the Word Holy !!

Many associate it with some kind of grimness.


B)They think of "holy" people as those who look as if they have sucked a Lemon / or have the bit into a rotten apple!!!

1)   Like the little girl who happened to see a mule looking over a fence at her. She had never seen a mule before, and she said to it,


 "I don't know what you are, but you must be a Christian -- you look just like Grandpa."




1ST  If you want to get at the meaning of this word you must go back to its original root.

A)This word is derived from the same root from which a very attractive English word comes. This is the word "wholeness."


B) That is a Good Description - wholeness, being complete/ It is to have together all the parts which were intended to be there,

     1) and to have them functioning as they were intended to function.


C)God is complete; He is perfect. There is no blemish in God; He lives in harmony with Himself.

1)   He is a beautiful / He is filled with joy and love and peace. He lives in



D)That word, wholeness, has power to awaken desire within us. We long to be whole people

1)   We are so aware of our own brokenness, of our lack of wholeness.


We know how much we hurt ourselves and each other. We are aware of our inability to cope with life.

A)We sometimes put up a big facade and try to bluff our way through as though we are able to handle anything.


B) But inside, half the time, we are running scared. That is a mark of our lack of wholeness. 

     1)Man has lost his way. He was made in the image and likeness of God.


C)When man first came from the hand of God he was whole. Adam functioned as God intended man to function.

1) He was functioning in the image and the likeness of God. But now we have lost that likeness. We still have the image, but the likeness is gone.


D)God determined to heal man's brokenness and to make man whole again.

     1) Sent His Son pay the price for sinners ( Holy)


So the Lord says you are Children of obedience – So be Whole

A)Christ has made us Whole – so act like it


Holiness means something more than the sweeping away of the old leaves of sin; it means the life of Jesus developed in us.


B) 2nd Def. =Be Different   The word for holy is hagios  whose root meaning is different. 


C)The Temple is hagios  because it is different from other buildings; the Sabbath is hagios  because it is different from other days;

1)   the Christian is hagios / because he is different from other men.


D) He has been bought w/ a Price / Redeemed / New Creation / Part of a New Kingdom

1) He is different in His thinking – He is different in His Passions & Pursuits / He is different in his PRIORITIES 


E)Those differences are going to be measured in the way that He lives His

    life !!!


A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine.

   Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)



The greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world, and make that man holy and put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.

   Leonard Ravenhill (1867-1942)