1 Peter 1:17

A while back, my Dad did a Bible time on this passage:

"If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on the earth" 1 Peter 1:17

We talked about the last line: during the time of your stay on the earth. Hmm, that kind of sounds like we're temporarily staying here... hmm... But we are! It's right, this is not to be our home! We are temporarily stayin here! Ok, now that we've gone through that, what are we supposed to be doing with our time on the earth?

Then it says conduct yourselves in fear.

Ok, I'm going to open it up for discussion, tell me what you think it means to conduct yourselves in fear. Does it mean to live today like you're going to die tomorrow?

All Christ,


Ryan Burton King June 25, 2008 at 1:25 PM  

Peter is not speaking about the fear of man and what he can do and will due to you but rather refers to the fear of God. Verses 13-25 give three things that are a part of this fear. 1. The preparation of our hearts for action. 2. The purification of our souls by obedience to the truth. 3. The perfection of our love for one another. When it comes to man, we should have no fear. When it comes to God, we most definitely should have fear.

kade June 25, 2008 at 1:40 PM  

Don't get me wrong, I didn't mean it that way. I meant it in the way that we would live a lot different if we knew we would die tomorrow. Not to be afraid of what man thinks of us, or what he can do to us.

Ryan Burton King June 25, 2008 at 4:29 PM  

Sorry to come across as if I disagree. In fact, I think you are exactly right. We should definately live as if we are going to die tomorrow.

Margaret Neufeld June 26, 2008 at 8:17 AM  

A fear of God definitely. And I think we should live every day as it were our last...Recognize that life is very uncertain and that Jesus is coming back.

cj June 26, 2008 at 5:16 PM  
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cj June 26, 2008 at 5:20 PM  

A great book on the subject of living as if Jesus was coming tomorrow is "Don't Waste your Life" by John Piper. In it he points out that, when you get near to the end of your life you start to realize what really matters. That everything you ever did that did not honor God, was truly a waste of your life. God calls us to live as if every day were our last.


Kaleb June 28, 2008 at 7:42 PM  

I think that means that we should think on our actions and seek to act like this maybe your last chance to make up with some one you have wronged and that we should live our lives in fear that this may be our last chance to serve our lord on earth. thats what I think

Your brother In Christ ~Kaleb~


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