First Peter 1 and 2 on Holiness and the Priesthood of All Believers

1 Peter 1

1 Peter 1:2, Sprinkling of blood. Also see Matt 26:28; Eph 1:7; Heb 9:12;10:19–22; 12:24; 1 Pet 1:19; 1 Jhn 1:9; Rev 1:5.

1 Peter 1:5, Salvation…revealed in the last time. Likely Peter has Yeshua in view here, since the name Yeshua means “salvation.”

1 Peter 1:11, Spirit of Messiah…He. This is a faulty if not disingenuous translation. Spirit in the Greek is a neutered gender noun, so He should properly be translated as It. This is not the only place where the NT translators, trying to push the masculine gender of the Ruach haKodesh, have mistranslated Scripture. See also Acts 8:16 and 1 Cor 12:11.

1 Peter 1:16, Be holy, for I am holy. See Lev 11:44; see also Exod 22:31; Lev 11:45; 19:2; 20:7, 26; 21:28; 1 Pet 1:16 

How Do YOU Become Holy?

How does a person become holy? Does holy water make you holy? Does a robed priest sporting a goofy headdress and wearing a giant charm around his pencil thin neck while waving his gaunt and delicate hand over you make you holy? Does stepping into a gilded and ornately decorated church and performing some religious mumbo-jumbo exercise make you holy? NO! The Bible declares how a person becomes holy, and it is NOT what most people think! It has to do with lifestyle and obedience, NOT religiosity!

For starters, most well-meaning but deceived folks do not even know what the word holy means. It comes from the Hebrew word kadash, a verb meaning “to be pure, undefiled, unpolluted, set-apart or sanctified.” The Hebrew word kodesh is the biblical adjective to describe Elohim who is totally pure and sinless and without any pollution or defilement. Kodesh also describes those things which YHVH has made holy or declared to be holy such as certain times (such as his Sabbath and feasts), certain places (such as the Tabernacle of Moses), and certain people (such as his priests and saints). No matter how elaborate and convincing the efforts humans cannot make or declare anything holy regardless of the ceremonialism and religious activities. These efforts are merely futile, vain and, quite frankly, laughable! Many unbelieving pagans see this religious charade for what it is and are not convinced. Some even mock and scorn such efforts. Religiosity is NOT the way to bring people to Elohim—to bring unholy man into the presence of a holy Elohim.

So what is true biblical holiness, and how is it different than the counterfeit that often passes for holiness in religious circles? Let’s discuss this briefly below.

How do we as redeemed believers initially become kadosh or set-apart? This occurs only through the blood of Yeshua, the Lamb of Elohim at the time of our salvation. 

And from Yeshua Messiah, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. (Rev 1:5)

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says YHVH. “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa 1:18)

How does one stay set-apart or sanctified andstay in fellowship with a kadosh Elohim? This is accomplished by staying under the blood of Yeshua the Lamb and by confessing and forsaking sin (i.e. violation of the Torah-law of Elohim—1 John 3:4) on a regular basis:

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness [sin or Torahlessness], we lie, and do not the truth [i.e. Torah/YHVH’s instructions in righteousness], but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Messiah Yeshua his Son cleanse us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:6–9)

We also stay set-apart or holy by walking in accordance with YHVH’s Torah commandments. The Scriptures are clear on this: holiness or being set-apart from world cannot be separated from obedience to YHVH’s Torah instructions in righteousness.

Everywhere in Scripture (Exod 22:31; Lev 11:45; 19:2; 20:7, 26; 21:28; 1 Pet 1:16) where YHVH’s saints are commanded to be holy, the command is tied to obedience to his laws be they his dietary laws, the Sabbath, honoring one’s parents, treating one’s neighbor ethically, being a righteous minister, or not succumbing to the pagan practices of the world including sexual immorality, witchcraft, sorcery and witchcraft. To be sure, when we practice holiness by living according to the word of Elohim, it will set us apart and make us different from the world. We cannot be like the world and be holy, set-apart and pleasing to Elohim.

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with Elohim? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of Elohim. (Jas 4:4)

Don’t forget the importance of being holy or set-apart from this world, for the Scriptures tell us that without holiness no one will see Elohim (Heb 12:14). This is pretty cut and dried!

Why is holiness so important? Simply this. Contrary to Scripture, the mainstream Christian church teaches one of two things: either holiness is equivalent to religiosity, or that love is YHVH Elohim’s chief attribute. The first notion is incorrect because the Bible teaches that holiness is about obedience to the word or will of Elohim and is not merely about religious activities. The second notion is incorrect because although the Scriptures teach that Elohim is, indeed, love, this is not his chief attribute. Holiness is. This is why the heavenly beings surrounding the Elohim’s heavenly throne are continuously declaring that he is holy. 

And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the YHVH of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. (Isa 6:3)

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, YHVH Elohim Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Rev 4:8)

Elohim created humans with the potential to be holy as he is holy, so that he, a holy Elohim, can spend eternity with holy glorified humans. No unholy or sinful beings can remain in his presence.

1 Peter 1:17, According to each one’s works.The saints will be rewarded eternally on account of their good works. (See also Matt 5:19; 16:27; Rom 2:6; 2 Cor 5:10; Eph 6:8; Rev 2:23; 19:8; 20:16; 22:12 cp. Ps 62:12; Jer 17:10; 32:19; Ezek 7:27.)

1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2:9, Chosen generation, royal priesthood. When a person comes under the blood of Yeshua the Messiah and enters into a blood covenant relationship with him as not only their Savior but also their Lord or Master, they automatically become a member of his royal priesthood. He is their Lord and King and they are divinely commissioned to be the representatives of his kingdom on this earth and to go into all the world and to share the gospel message with everyone everywhere.

His own special people. In Hebrew, this is am segulah, and is a reference to Elohim’s treasured possession, redeemed people. This term is first used in Exodus 19:5.

1 Peter 2:10, Not a people [Heb. lo ami]. This is a reference to the tribes of the Northern Kingdom or Ephraim, and is borrowed from the writings of Hosea who was a prophet to that kingdom where we find the term “not my people” in reference to that apostate kingdom (Hos 1:9, 10; 2:23). Paul also makes reference to these same Israelite people and connects them to the non-Jewish believers in Rome (Rom 9:26). 

1 Peter 2:11, Sojourners and pilgrims. The saints of Elohim are members of the kingdom of heaven with Yeshua as their Lord and King. Though they live in this world, they are not of this world (John 17:11 and 14); they are simply passing through this temporal earth as sojourners and pilgrims en route the heavenly New Jerusalem with its new heavens and new earth.

1 Peter 2:18–21, Servants be submissive. Servant is oiketes meaning “a household slave or a fellow resident who carried out menial task like an employee.” The remez of this would include spouses, children and employees live with or work for abusive people. In verse 21, Yeshua set us the example of suffering for righteousness sake under trying circumstances by the hand of abusive and difficult people. If he did it for us, how much more can we follow his example and do it for him?


6 thoughts on “First Peter 1 and 2 on Holiness and the Priesthood of All Believers

  1. My pastor has been filled with the Holy Spirit through the ARC of David, His messages are direct from the mouth of G-d. The increase in attendance in our church is noticeable lately, Oh Israel is but standing at the door. Your messages are so rich in the word and the world, the dead in Christ are really missing out, so sad. Blessing to you, as I have shared your emails with others in the world for the sake of G-d almighty.

  2. The commandments all hang on love as does Holiness. Without love and life there can be no Holiness. Holiness is definitely an attribute of love and life.
    Ahavah, John

  3. Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets, I did not come to destroy but to Fulfill”.
    Romans 13:10 ‘LOVE is the fulfillment of the Law.
    The Gospels: The ‘LIFE’ of Yeshua fulfilling the Prophets.
    Shalom, John

  4. Regarding the sprinkling of blood-I was thinking about how Moses sprinkled the people and the ‘book” with the blood in Ex 24:5 and realized it was the blood of the oxen-if I’m not mistaken the Aleph in paleo-Hebrew was a picture of the ox head. The Aleph being the Head Letter or the God letter! WOW!

  5. Good exhortation, I needed that today. It has been a tough first three weeks at the Hillbilly Homestead after moving into a cabin shell with just 2 electrical outlets, no running water and no insulation in a cooler than usual spring. But the weather today has turned warm again and for the foreseeable future. I can take a hot shower/bath, wash dishes, keep food cold, or frozen, stay warm, or cool and cook. Yea, too much detail but I tell you this as a way to preface confessing that I did not stop (entirely) working on the Sabbath since I got here and, as the weeks wore on I was finding I was able to accomplish less each day and had trouble staying motivated. An outcome I have noticed in the past when I knowingly partially or completely skipped a Sabbath observance. I am as thick headed and stiff necked as an old testament Jew some times. But today, this Sabbath (and I hope all to follow) I will take my rest in JHVH and be renewed. Thanks for the lesson.

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