Peter has taken time to remind his readers just how blessed they are to be “born again” into the family of God. They now have a living hope and an eternal inheritance that will fulfill their longing to be freed from sin and eternally at home with their God in a new heavens and new earth where righteousness alone will dwell!
Given their new status as children of God, they are called to live holy lives, dedicated to the Father who has loved them so much. But how is this “holiness” exhibited? In vss. 17-25, Peter describes two essential behaviors. The first is vertical, the second is horizontal.
This weekend we look at the vertical essential: fear of God. Next weekend we will look at the horizontal: love for the family.