I Peter Chapter 2
1 Pet 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
It's been said that when you see the word "wherefore" in the Bible you'd better see what it's there for.
1 Pet 1:22-23 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
So then put away all hostility, bitterness, hate and ill will. Put away all deception, deceit and dishonesty Put away all pretence. Pretence of piety. Pretence of virtue and holiness. Pretence of ANY KIND.
Put away all jealously, greed and selfishness. Put away all slander, back-stabbing, and defamation of others.
Because of 1 Peter 1:22-23 we are to obey 1 Peter 2:2.
1 Pet 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Believers are to desire (crave) the Word of God as newborn babies crave milk. If a baby hated milk it would never grow up to be healthy, if it grew up at all.
1 Pet 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (good)
A baby can "taste" milk and immediately it knows that the milk is good and it desires this milk.
1 Pet 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
The believer has come to a living stone, a life giving firm foundation. The believer can "build" in assurance (grow in faith) because the foundation on which he builds is firm and everlasting, and even though he is disapproved and rejected by man he is chosen and valuable to God.
1 Pet 2:5 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.
As Christ is the "Living Stone" all those "in Him" are "lively stones" and the spiritual house is built of us, the lively stones. This house is the CHURCH.
Matt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Peter- Petros (pet'-ros); a piece of stone
Rock-petra (pet'-ra); a mass of rock/stone
You are a piece of rock and upon a bunch of rocks like you I will build my church. Believers are the bunch of rocks. We are the lively stones that make up the CHURCH. Christ is the "Foundation Rock" and He is building the CHURCH on that foundation out of us, the little rocks.
What kind of rock was Peter? He was a "lively" rock. A rock that would never die. Why? Because of THIS:
Matt 16:15-17 He (Jesus) saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
1 Pet 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
This is speaking of Christ. He is chosen, selected and favored by God. All who believe on Him shall not be confused or uncertain of his status with God
1 Pet 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
To we who are "believers", Christ is precious, but to the un-believers Christ is the Stone the unbelieving builders threw away. This Stone has become the "foundation and the beginning" of the CHURCH. All buildings start from the corner stone out, as the CHURCH starts at Christ and grows out from Him.
1 Pet 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
Chris is made the massive "Corner Stone" and a "small rock" that trips and causes many to fall. The "many" that fall are the ones who resist and oppose the Word. They are disobedient and who are then laid aside.
1 Pet 2:9 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:
But not we believers. We are "all these things" for the purpose of showing forth to the world the praises of God and His Son Jesus Christ.
1 Pet 2:10 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.
Peter is writing to Gentile believers. The Jews were the people of God and now salvation is offered to the Gentiles, or non-Jews.
The Jews always were shown mercy by God and the Gentiles were always destroyed in some way or another. But now the non-Jew is also offered mercy.
1 Pet 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Peter pleads with them as "believers" They are strangers and pilgrims in this present world, as are all believers.
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
God does not ask the impossible of us. WE CAN abstain-do without-deny ourselves fleshly lusts.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
1 Pet 2:12 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.
The believers' behavior should be good among the outsiders, even though they speak evil of us. We should continue in our good works which THEY WILL SEE and they can have reason to glorify God when an evangelist comes to visit and speak of the saving gospel of Christ.
The unbeliever will be more willing to listen if he sees GOOD in the believers.
1 Pet 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
We start with municipal, or city laws or ordinances, and go to county to state to federal. We may not like them (laws and ordinances) but as long as they do not interfere with our duties to God we are to obey the rulers. There is a time to DISOBEY the rulers.
Acts 5:28-29 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? (Jesus Name) and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
1 Pet 2:14 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.
God's plan of human government is for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of law abiders. It still pretty much works this way, although it is beginning to get out of hand.
1 Pet 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
ONE bad apple in the "Christian crowd" can be the cause of the ignorant and unfair way in which a group of Christians may be assumed to be criminal. We combat this sort of thing by bearing much good fruit.
1 Pet 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
We are free of any ordinances (not commandments) but we are not to use this liberty/freedom as an excuse to sin.
1 Pet 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
We are to "value" ALL men, believers and unbelievers alike. But we are to value AND love the brethren. We are to "value" and "esteem" and "appreciate" the rulers of the country, AND we are to FEAR GOD, and ONLY GOD.
Matt 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
I Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
1 Pet 2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
A Christian servant, a menial domestic resident of a masters house or a slave out in the field should show "good works" in fear, to the good master as well as to the bad master.
1 Pet 2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
Suffering wrongly as Jesus did is beneficial for us and acceptable to God. We should accept our circumstances in a good behavior and a godly awareness-mindfulness-perception-discernment.
1 Pet 2:20 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.
Suffering when we deserve it is not going to give us any glory, nor will it bring glory to God. But suffering "unjustly" is a different story altogether.
1 Pet 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
SEE-"THIS" is what I always speak about. " hereunto were ye called". This is why God called us. Christ SUFFERED FOR US and He was an EXAMPLE to us, SO what does that mean? We are to follow in His steps. We are to "take up our cross" and follow Him. CHRISTIANS ARE TO SUFFER if need be.
1 Pet 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
Christ suffered who did no sin. Why should we not suffer WHO DID SIN. Neither did He speak dishonestly.
1 Pet 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
He was "unjustly accused" and "unjustly tried" and "unjustly punished" and "unjustly put to death", yet He didn't "talk back". He didn't "get mad". He didn't "execute revenge". He didn't "even try".
This ain;t me folks.
This ain't me I'm speaking of folks.
This ain't me-
but it should be.
I ALWAYS want to execute wrath on someone whom I perceive to do me an injustice
THIS AIN'T RIGHT. I DO NOT FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE.
1 Pet 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
The penalty for the believer sins is paid IN FULL. There is no PARTIAL payment for the believer to make.. No "suffering" in a place called "purgatory" for an indefinite period of time. No "good works" to perform for salvation. No "prayers to Mary and a bunch of dead people".
WE ARE HEALED. We don't need any "salve" or "medication" or "therapy" from ANYONE or ANYTHING else
1 Pet 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
WE ARE ETERNALLY SAVED.