Sanctify Christ as Lord ∙

Sanctify Christ as Lord

Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. Do it with gentleness and respect. – 1 Peter 3:15

1 Peter 3:8-16

 8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.

 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

 10 For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.

 11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

 12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”

 15 Instead, you must reverence Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

In George Washington’s Farewell Speech, he desired to cast a vision for the future of America, his beloved country, and its people. Washington wrote a public letter to the American people. It was published on September 19, 1796, in a Philadelphia newspaper, the Daily American Advertiser.

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of right and order which Heaven itself has ordained . . .. Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion, and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”

“Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.”

Washington’s farewell address was rooted in the specific challenges he saw facing the United States at the time, including increasing internal divisions and the ongoing external threat of invasion by stronger nations. But his eloquent message of unity and his warnings against regionalism, partisanship, and foreign influence ensured the address would become one of the most widely reprinted documents in American history, with powerful implications that continue to resonate today (The History Channel).

George Washington recognized the crucial role of religion and morality for the health and well-being of his nascent nation. His viewpoint remains valid because of his sagacity and visionary leadership and because they are expressions of biblical principles. Washington was well aware of these principles. They illustrate the importance of two fundamental pillars that underpin any nation’s success.

Any nation’s success depends upon respect for the Father and His Word.

Proverbs 29:2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.

The people of successful nations need to respect the Father and His Word.

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

In the United States, there has been a sustained effort for several decades to eradicate the Bible and reverence for God the Father from educational and governmental institutions.


“To reverence Christ as Lord means really to believe that Christ, not one’s human opponents, is truly in control of events” (Grudem).

Father encourage me to give Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, His rightful place in my heart.


1 Peter 3:15 Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it with gentleness and respect.

The Greek word translated as sanctify, reverence or worship is hagiazo. Hagiazo is typically translated as sanctify or make holy. It has the sense of giving the Lord Jesus Christ His rightful place in our hearts. We are to reverence and worship Him. We put Him on the throne of our lives and allow Him to be in control. “To have such reverence in your hearts is to maintain a deep-seated inward confidence in Christ continually as reigning Lord and King” (Grudem).

We need to renew our commitment to the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and equip ourselves to provide answers to others. The Greek word translated as defense, answer, or explain is apologia. “Our English word apology comes from the Greek word translated ‘answer,’ but it does not mean ‘to say I am sorry’” (Wiersbe). Apologia has to do with explaining and defending our beliefs. Our defense should be reasonable, respectful, and conveyed with humility and gentleness. There is no place for arrogance or belligerence, which characterizes many acrimonious religious and political discussions.

“Believers should always be ready to provide a rationale for their faith, but they should do so winsomely and righteously” (ESV Notes). “If someone were to ask you today why you are a Christian, what would you say” (Stanley)? 

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© Dr. H 2023

One thought on “Sanctify Christ as Lord ∙

  1. Thank You for today’s post….especially for 1 Peter 3:9 and following….
    “Never retaliate when someone treats you wrongly, nor insult those who insult you, but instead, respond by speaking a blessing over them—because a blessing is what God promised to give you. For the Scriptures tell us: Whoever wants to embrace true life and find beauty in each day must stop speaking evil, hurtful words and never deceive in what they say. Always turn from what is wrong and cultivate what is good; eagerly pursue peace in every relationship, making it your prize. For the eyes of the Lord Yahweh rest upon the godly, and his heart responds to their prayers. But he turns his back on those who practice evil.”
    ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭9‬-‭12‬ ‭TPT‬‬….as an afternoon event and late evening event yesterday here in my county was quite challenging !! Thank You Holy Spirit for speaking to Your “Servant” to publish this post!


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