In our adult Bible study we have been looking at 1 Peter, and I've been mulling over 1 Peter 1:13-26 which is Peter's call to Holiness. In that passage, I just had an epiphany about v.22 where Peter apparently links holiness to loving one another deeply from the heart. He then goes on in Chp. 2 to list a series of character issues to rid ourselves of: "rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind."
I find it fascinating that corporate holiness and personal holiness are inseparable. It is such a Hebrew concept and one that many of the adults in my Bible study really struggled with. For many in the U.S. Holiness has always been individual, and the corporate level was seemingly downplayed. But here, Peter has them so intertwined that they can't be separated without some real theological gymnastics.
Have any of you noticed this reaction from people before?