1 Peter 1:13-16
Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…
I. THERE IS TO BE A REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. He has promised to come; He has given His people the hope of His coming; His coming is necessary —
1. For His own final and perfect glorification.
2. For the complete salvation and glorification of His Church.
3. For the full and everlasting destruction of His and its enemies.
4. For the vindication of God's way and the exhibition of His glorious attributes to the world.
II. WHAT THE REVELATION BRINGS. Grace. The Lord keeps His best wine unto the last, but He certainly sets forth good wine even now. We may, and do, receive grace now. Now is the day of salvation. But with all the grace given now to believers, and notwithstanding its present variety, fulness, and freeness, and all that it does in Christ's people, they need yet more at His revelation.
1. The grace of perfect vision of Him who is now unseen.
2. The grace of perfect likeness to Christ.
3. The grace of perfect acquittal.
4. The grace of perfect avowal and recognition.
5. The grace of perfect joy and glory forever.
III. WHAT INFLUENCE THIS REVELATION SHOULD NOW EXERT.
1. Spiritual readiness, in the loins of the mind girded, the thoughts collected, braced, prepared, and on the alert, with nothing left till the last (Luke 12:35, 36).
2. Spiritual self-restraint, in sobriety; neither too elated nor too depressed.
3. Perfect hope; desiring, picturing, expecting the revelation and what it brings; hoping perfectly, never letting go hope, though the day seems far off.
(Alex. Warrack, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;