1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2:1-25

1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,

2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,

5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHIEF CORNERSTONE, ELECT, PRECIOUS, AND HE WHO BELIEVES ON HIM WILL BY NO MEANS BE PUT TO SHAME.”

7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE,”

8 and “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme,

14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.

15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—

16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.

17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.

19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.

20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.

21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

22 “WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH”;

23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;

24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

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6 months ago

Our acceptance of personal salvation is also acceptance into a corporate body to which we are joined, first to Christ as the chief cornestone, but then also to every other living stone that is part of what He is building for His glory. Now, choices made to adhere to the Word’s correction/direction not only impacts our own life, but those to whom we’ve been joined. There will either be coherence in a beautiful bonding together of purpose, or there will be a reason for falling affected by our disobedience. To be joined with Him is to be aligned with His Word, where sacrifices of any personal passions or desires that are contrary are our continual sacrifices before Him. This will impact every part of our nature and perspective on governing authority. To have a rebellious attitude that discounts and disregards laws of any kind is to disconnect from the nature of the One who complied with all and without transgression. How we are observed in this regard is significant, because it will either bring glory and honor to Christ who laid down His life for us, or dishonor Him in an attempt to somehow establish our own misdirected independence.
At the end of this chapter is a phrase that secures healing for us. It’s in the keeping of this principle of righteousness that this was made possible. So grateful for His provision, but there is also a call here to participate in this same enablement by allowing the righteousness that’s ours in Him to be lived out in our choices. Just as He chose holiness in every temptation, providing healing for us in His endurance, so we are called to endure temptation to participate in rebellion and in so doing enable His further administration of healing virtue.

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