For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father
with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
Judgment, swift and final, is promised in the last day. Take
heart, O believer, that your life is bound up with that of Christ Jesus. His
life is your life. His obedience is your obedience. His resurrection is your
resurrection. And when He stands to the fore in judgment, rejoice! For you will
not stand before Him but alongside Him: holy, righteous, good, and acceptable!
saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."
1 John 2:6
pattern our lives after our Lord, and follow in the way which He trod.
for His people, is that they set before the world a worthy example of Christian
character is the best sermon!
In all our
relations with others, we should manifest a sweet temper, kindness, meekness,
gentleness, forbearance, patience, reasonableness, cheerfulness, magnanimity
and all the other things that go to make up Christian character.
lives we should be examples of holiness, consistency and moderation. We should
be free from worldliness, ostentation, and the vanities that are ruining the
world. We should not be not of the world . . .
in the tenor of our lives,
in the motives that move us,
in the purposes that actuate us.
for His people regarding . . .
the vanities of this world,
the desires that have their root in
and the sinful customs of the world,
is that we
do not imbibe them.
of His own, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the
world." He has chosen us out of the world. Un-worldliness is a
characteristic of true Christianity, and is found in all genuine believers.
multitude of worldly professors who call themselves by Christ's name, but who,
in their lives, and in the worldliness of their hearts, deny Him--are not
Christians at all. They are Christians in name only. Their religion is only a
veneer that covers a heart of sin. They are actuated by the spirit of the
world, and they love the things of the world.
To be a
true Christian, means to be severed in spirit . . .
from the vanities of the world,
from the pride, fashion, display and pretense
of the world,
from the world's love of pomp and power, and
its hypocritical pretensions.
strive to be separated from the spirit, desires, aspirations, and hopes of this
world--as really and as truly as Jesus was.
desire to live out in the life, those things that definitely mark one as having
his hopes set on something higher, his aspirations set on something nobler, and
his interests aimed at something greater and more lasting than . . .
the perishable things of the world,
the popular opinions of the world,
the sinful customs of the world,
the fashions and frivolities of the world,
the pleasures and amusements of the world.
as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of
conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood
of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed [be] the God
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath
begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from
the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not
away, reserved in heaven for you, (1 Peter 1:2-4)
From the foundation of the world, God foreknew His children
and began to sanctify them through the precious blood of His Son, the Lord
Jesus Christ. By the stripes of our Lord, we are given the gift of eternal life
with all the joy and peace it could possibly present. By His infinite love and
mercy, we are promised an inheritance that will never be lost or destroyed. For
those who believe, we have been set apart by this remarkable hope of
everlasting life with Christ.