1 Peter Chapter 2

May 1, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 1 Peter. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Peter talks about holiness. Last week I said to you that the model for holiness, like He is for everything else, is Jesus.

1 Peter 2:1-25 (NIV)
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him– 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone, 8 and, “A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message–which is also what they were destined for. 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 2:1

Use your words to build up

1 Peter 2:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

This new way of life should also impact what we say about other people. Will we continue to criticize and judge with our words, to tear people down, or will we use our words to build up, to encourage, to bless. Living holy lives should change the way we think and speak about others. And just as we are to use our words to build others up, we need to use His words to build ourselves up.

1 Peter 2:2-8

Spend time every day in His Word

1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV)
2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

Desire or “crave”. I love that image of having a craving for the Word of God. Most of you know what it feels like to have a craving for a bowl of ice cream or something. Living by trying to do the next right thing should cause in us a hunger and thirst for the Word of God. Feed that craving by making time every day for God and His word.

1 Peter 2:9-10

1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV)
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

I want to cover five ideas that Peter develops for us in these verses.

God picked you

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
9 But you are a chosen people,

God picked you. To be on His team. Because He wants you on His team. Because you have value. You matter. You count. You are an asset to His team. Knowing that God has chosen you, accepted you, will allow you to not have to be preoccupied by trying to be accepted by this group or that group. It will allow you to not feel as though you have to compromise your beliefs or maybe do things that you really don’t want to do in order to feel a part of something. In Christ, you are a part of the most amazing thing in the universe. You are a part of His team, and as part of His team you are

A minister

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
9 … a royal priesthood,

Romans 15:16 (NIV)
16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

Called to represent and serve for Jesus.

A motivation

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
9 … a holy nation, a people belonging to God,

Loving God and loving others. A holy people belonging to God. As we said last week, the best way to demonstrate holiness is to love well.

A mission

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
9 … that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

We have been given a mission, and a purpose. Here we like to call it “One More”. One more lost child back to Dad. All of these are amazing things.

And, maybe best of all, He has given us all

A new start

1 Peter 2:10 (NIV)
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

This is good to know because I make a lot of mistakes. He gives me a cosmic do over. I have shared with you before about being a kid and starting a game and messing up or getting out of the game really early and asking for a do over, and usually getting one. And now in life, where I have messed up so often, God forgives me and gives me a new start, because He has picked me, given me a ministry, and I am motivated by His love, and looking to get one more back to Him.

1 Peter 2:11-19

Doing the next right thing

1 Peter 2:11 (NIV)
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)
16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.

1 Peter 2:15 (NIV)
15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.

A quick checklist

This is one of my new favorite verses:

1 Peter 2:17 (NIV)
17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Peter gives us a great four point checklist to help us determine what the next right thing looks like. If we would run all of our moment by moment day to day decisions through this checklist we would be a lot better off.

a) Is it respectful

Show proper respect to everyone. Everyone. See the beauty of people’s potential. Treat them with respect. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. This is golden rule stuff. Is what you are about to do respectful of others.

b) Is it loving

Love the brotherhood of believers. We have discussed that our love for God and one another is one of our greatest witnesses to the world that God is God and cares about them. Is what we are about to do “loving”.

c) Is it Godly

fear God. This does not mean that we are to be terrified of God. It means that we are to be respectful. Is the action we are about to take one that would please God?

d) Is it legal

honor the king. We talk all the time about how we justify and rationalize (tell rational lies) about doing things that we are not supposed to do. Is what you are about to do legal? Not, what your opinion is on the matter, just is it legal.

On another note, just because something is legal doesn’t mean it is Godly. In this case, we are called to “Fear God” while we are told to only “honor” the king. This means that God’s right and wrongs trump man’s right and wrongs.

1 Peter 2:20-25

Keep on trusting God

In doing the next right thing, one of the places where we most often fail is when things aren’t going well. In the midst of adversity and suffering it is much easier to justify and rationalize doing the wrong thing. We need to keep on trusting in God especially in the face of adversity and suffering, which is the example that Christ gave us.

1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

1 Peter 2:22-23 (NIV)
22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

Trust in God, remember the checklist, and live radically by always trying to do the next right thing.

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