“Wherefore [in view of the meaning of salvation that extends to glorification], having girded up the loins of your mind, being radically-moderate, completely hope on the grace being carried along to you, in revelation, concerning Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13
This is a very accurate translation of the Greek text in this verse. I found it (with some amplification) in my study, so have posted it for us. Many translations add to this verse, making it only future tense and in doing so diminish its dimensions. It is true that we are to have this attitude of mind until Jesus comes and we see Him face to face. However, that is not really what this says.
“…having girded up the loins of your mind, being radically-moderate, completely hope on the grace being carried along to you, in revelation, concerning Jesus Christ.” We are to “gird up the loins of our mind.” In Peter’s time, men wore robes. When it came time to move quickly, they brought the back of the robe up through their legs and tucked it into their belt, making a trouser-type garment that allowed running and quick movement. Our instructions are to train our minds in ways of thinking that will allow us to be alert and able to concentrate.
Our minds are our most undisciplined children. We are a bit lazy with them most of the time. Most of us will not spend much time in the word, nor with things that train us to think well. As a result, we are a Kingdom of God full of Biblically illiterate people, who are tossed easily this way and that into every thing that feels good. Therefore, revelation out of the Word is rare and we become unable to receive the Word. Instead, we want everything applied to us.
Our Lord is an amazing Lord and Savior! I know that is an understatement, but we do not realize that not everything He writes is to apply to us. Instead it is to instruct us about Him and His Kingdom. We are to be transformed into Word. The Word is not to conform to us.
Peter expected Jesus to come off of and out of the page. It was not a dead-word to Him. It was alive and it had the revelation of Jesus tucked away in the grace brought to a mind and heart that was trained in the receiving.
May we become just such people. May our minds wake up into Him and into the Word. He has much to show us. Oh Lord, we watch and listen as we read and expect from the favor you have given. We expect to “see” and to know things that have not yet been seen or known.