Prepare yourselves! (1 Pet 1:13)

“Therefore,

Prepare your minds

For action!

Be sober minded!

Fully set all your hope

On the grace

That Jesus Christ

Will bring you

When he is revealed.”

Διὸ ἀναζωσάμενοι τὰς ὀσφύας τῆς διανοίας ὑμῶν, νήφοντες, τελείως, ἐλπίσατε ἐπὶ τὴν φερομένην ὑμῖν χάριν ἐν ἀποκαλύψει Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.

This author said “Therefore, prepare (Διὸ ἀναζωσάμενοι) your minds for action (τὰς ὀσφύας τῆς διανοίας ὑμῶν)!  Be sober minded (νήφοντες, τελείως)!  Fully (τελείως) set all your hope (ἐλπίσατε) on the grace (χάριν) that Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ) will bring you (ἐπὶ τὴν φερομένην ὑμῖν) when he is revealed (ἐν ἀποκαλύψει).”  Only this author, 1 Peter, among all the canonical NT works used this word ἀναζωσάμενοι, that means to gird up, brace up, active exertion, or get ready for work.  This author told his readers to be vigilant.  They had to get their minds ready for action.  They had to gird up the loins of their mind in a sober minded way.  They had to place all their hope on the coming grace of Jesus Christ, because he was going to be revealed to them.  What do you know about the revelation of Jesus Christ?

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