The Word of God is the instrument God uses to produce new birth (cf. Matthew 13:20; Luke 8:11). This "seed" shares the character of its Source. It never passes out of fashion nor does it become irrelevant. [source][source][source]
"All the way from the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 , to "Babylon the Great" in Revelation 17-18 , man"s great attempts at unity are destined to fail. [source][source][source]
"If we try to build unity in the church on the basis of our first birth, we will fail; but if we build unity on the basis of the new birth, it will succeed." [source]
1 Peter 1:13-25 - Redeemed And Purified
The appeal for a holy life is enforced by considering the great cost of our redemption and the great hope which is opened before us. Ours must be the girded loins, lest our desires trail after forbidden things, or be sullied by the mud on the road. We must be holy, as God is: and this can be realized only when we allow God, by His Holy Spirit, to pour Himself into our natures.
There is no fear like that which love begets. We do not fear God with the fear of the slave or felon, but with the fear of the love that cannot endure the thought of giving pain to the loving and loved. Who can think of returning to Egypt, when such a Passover lamb has redeemed us! Our redemption was not an after-thought with God. It is part of an eternal plan; let us not get entangled in the meshes of mere earthly ambition. Notice the familiar combination of faith, hope and love, 1 Peter 1:21-22. But these graces are only indigenous in those who have been twice born by the Spirit through the Word. [source]
Chapter Summary: 1 Peter 1
1Peter praises God for his manifold spiritual graces; 10showing that the salvation in Christ the fulfillment of prophesy; 13and exhorts them accordingly to be holy
What do the individual words in 1 Peter 1:23 mean?
Having been born againnotofseedperishablebutof imperishableby[the] wordlivingof Godandabiding