|1 Peter 1:14-16 |
14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts of the time of your ignorance;
5 As he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of conduct. What kind of holiness is required? As Jesus was holy, you are required to be holy. From the word of the Lord within: "You must be holy as I am holy. Pursue righteousness and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord." So we are to be holy like Jesus was holy; we are to be righteous, like Jesus was righteous, and we are to be perfect, like the Father is perfect. Peter reminds the believers that they have given up their former lusts. But those who call themselves Christians of the deficit sects, are still following their lusts: lusts of the flesh, (exotic foods, drink, sex, drugs), and lusts of the eye, (cars, clothes, home furnishings). Lust is covetousness, which is to want something from people or things themselves. Instead we are supposed to forsake our lusts, putting them behind us, and be holy in all manner of conduct. This is the order to those who aspire to salvation: Be holy as Jesus was holy; however, this is something that no matter how hard you try, you can't do it until the Lord purifies your heart and soul by you going to him — waiting, listening, hearing, and obeying — repetitively, enduring until the end, when He brings your salvation and eternal life, the superior life of God.