{1 Peter 2:11-12; NLT}

11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

“At the moment, therefore, the people who in this life have come to know and trust God in Jesus are to be the signs to the rest of the world that this glorious future is on the way. Equally, the sign that they themselves have received which guarantees them their future is the holy spirit. The spirit is to the Christian and the church what the cloud and fire were in the wilderness: powerful, personal presence of the living God, holy and not to be taken lightly, leading and guiding the often muddled and rebellious people to their inheritance.”

N. T. Wright, Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters, pp. 12, 13

Questions for reflection:

  • What does it mean to be “temporary residents and foreigners” in this world?
  • How do live lives that are guided by the Holy Spirit?
  • Why do we need be “signs” pointing to the glorious future God is creating?
  • How have you experienced the Holy Spirit’s work in your life?
(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)