1 Peter 2:1-3
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
· Wherefore: there are a few words I like to see one is Selah, another is wherefore.
It ties back this chapter to the previous chapter. Let’s see what the why the wherefore:
o The source of our redemption: The blood of Christ, a Lamb without spot or blemish (remember our perfect Passover lamb?)
o He purified our souls by His obedience, the death on the cross.
o Our salvation is of an incorruptible seed (Jesus) by the word of God (Romans 10:17)
· In consideration of this:
o Lay aside malice (NT:2549 kakia (kak-ee’-ah); from NT:2556; badness, i.e. (subjectively) depravity, or (actively) malignity, or (passively) trouble: KJV – evil, malice (-iousness), naughtiness, wickedness.),
o Guile (NT:1388 dolos (dol’-os); from an obsolete primary verb, dello (probably meant to decoy; compare NT:1185); a trick (bait), i.e. (figuratively) wile: KJV – craft, deceit, guile, subtilty),
o Hypocrisies (NT:5272 hupokrisis (hoop-ok’-ree-sis); from NT:5271; acting under a feigned part, i.e. (figuratively) deceit (“hypocrisy”):KJV – condemnation, dissimulation, hypocrisy),
o Envies (NT:5355 phthonos (fthon’-os); probably akin to the base of NT:5351; ill-will (as detraction), i.e. jealousy (spite): KJV – envy), and
o Evil speaking (NT:2636 katalalia (kat-al-al-ee’-ah); from NT:2637; defamation: KJV – backbiting, evil speaking).
o Desire the sincere milk of the Word
1 Peter 2:4-5
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
- Is Jesus really precious to us? (DEAR entimos NT:1784, “held in honor” (time, see above), “precious, dear,” is found in Luke 7:2, of the centurion’s servant; 14:8, “more honorable”; Phil 2:29, “honor” (KJV, “reputation”), of devoted servants of Christ, in 1 Peter 2:4,6, “precious,” of stones, metaphorically. See HONORABLE, REPUTATION, PRECIOUS.[i])
- Spiritual house= Tabernacle or Temple. Where God dwells. Where His presence is manifested. Moses at the Mount of God , God in the tabernacle tin the wilderness, Isaiah in the temple. WHERE IS THE PRESENCE OF GOD NOW!
- Priest. What is a priest? A servant to God and an intercessor for men. Holy NT:40 hagios (hag’-ee-os); from hagos (an awful thing) [compare NT:53, NT:2282]; sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated): KJV – (most) holy (one, thing), saint.[ii] )
A priest in the Old Testament did sacrifices on behalf of men and served God in the Holies. They did both. We need to do both.
· Spiritual Sacrifices
o What is a sacrifice? NT:2378 thusia (thoo-see’-ah); from NT:2380; sacrifice (the act or the victim, literally or figuratively): KJV – sacrifice.[iii]
o Our own offerings in and of themselves are not enough; Jesus makes them acceptable to God.
o If we have no passion, lost our fire and zeal for the things of God it may be because our altars are empty, fire will not fall on an empty alter. (Cf. Elijah & the prophets of Baal in 1Kings 18?)
o The first thing on the alter? Us! (Rom 12:1-I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.)
o The language here is from the OT, and reminds us that Jewish believers presented sacrifices to the Lord. But Christian believers, instead of giving something outside themselves, are to offer their own bodies to God as living, holy, and acceptable sacrifices. This type of sacrifice is a spiritual service involving all of their rational powers.[iv]
o There are other sacrifices to be offered but until God has us, and our will, sacrificed to Him and His will we will be like the priest in the time of Jesus who while serving God missed the Messiah.
o This means service on His terms and not ours. This may mean going out of our comfort zone to do things God’s way. Not come and see but go and tell.
· Spiritual Service
· Intercession on behalf of others: pray & teach: (1 Sam 12:23) Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way. God is looking for men to stand in the gap between heaven and hell and tell people they are going the wrong way! You have a choice! You don’t have to die!
1 Peter 2:9-10
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
- Peculiar not in how we dress, or act but that we are a purchased possession by Jesus
- Showing forth praises to God. Technically to publish & celebrate the valor and excellence of God.
1 Peter 2:11-14
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
- This is not our home! We are just traveling through, as visitors we need to act accordingly:
- Be honest! As become children of God.
- Do good works as become priest of God
- Submit to the laws of the land
1 Peter 2:15-18
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the orward. –1 Peter 2:15-18
- Our actions can silence our adversaries and glorify our God or give them fodder to run down the name of our Lord! (Taking the Lord’s name in vain is not just what we say!)
- Our freedom in God should bring out the best in us not the worse. We need to realize that what we do is in response to what He has done and look at our role in it then His role…
- Four thing rapid fire:
- Love the brotherhood! This is a mark of a disciple of Jesus
- Fear God: We have a special relationship that allows us access but we should always show reverence to God. (compare to pastor or Mom/Dad)
- Honor the King
- Be subject to masters will all fear/respect that we would show to Jesus. When I got to this I got the feeling “Now that is just plain meddling!” I equate this to the employer/employee relationship..
1 Peter 2:19-23
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: -1 Peter 2:19-23
- Persecution or prosecution? We need to take check of what is happening in our lives and react accordingly. We need to endure, prosecution with humility and repentance and persecution with humility and longsuffering.
- Following in His steps…
I remember as a child in NJ in the winter we would get some snow and I would see my Dad waking out to the cars to clean them off and I would follow him but his steps were too big and too far apart for me to walk in each step but I could follow in his path hitting as many of his steps as I could. So how do we follow Jesus example?
· He did no sin. What is your attitude towards sin? Does it grieve you or is it a casual daily, hourly or a minute-by-minute thing. I know we are not perfect but it should be our goal not to sin and should strive against sin.
· No guile (NT:1388dolos (dol’-os); from an obsolete primary verb, dello (probably meant to decoy; compare NT:1185); a trick (bait), i.e. (figuratively) wile: KJV – craft, deceit, guile, subtilty.)[v] There should be no deceit in our mouths as befitting Christians. What is in our hearts should come out, like a sponge when squeezed what is inside will come out when we are squeezed.
· Reviled He reviled not again. When they lied about Him, He did not respond, like a sheep to the slaughter He did not even open His mouth.
· When suffering he threatened not. Instead He said “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
· Committed Himself to the Righteous Judge. Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord.
I do not pretend these are easy thoughts to implement; they go against our fleshly nature. We are men after all and we were wronged and I will stand up for myself. But if we are save we have a new nature within us and the Holy Spirit will help guide us if we yield to His leading. We can also draw closer to God by spending time with Him getting closer through prayer and study, letting His Words not settle not in our heads but travel all the way down to our hearts God can give us peace and the victory over the flesh even in the hard times. We have a great high priest who we can call on in our time of need who will whose example we can follow. He was tempted in all ways without sin (Hebrews 4:14-16)
[i] Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright (c)1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers
[ii] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.
[iii] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.
[iv] The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press
[v] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.