Archive for January 25th, 2018

1 Peter 2

In 1 Peter 2, he writes about how we should focus on growing as Christ Followers.  “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good”.  The failure to either desire or to receive this pure milk of the word is the reason for so many problems in both individual Christian lives and in congregations.  It is how we can grow.  God has provided us what we need to grow spiritually, but we have to take in the truth which is contained in His Word.  It’s there for us.  We merely have to make it our own.

Peter’s picture here is that God is building a spiritual temple (a spiritual house) using living stones (Christians), those who have come to the ultimate living stone (Jesus).  “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”.  As God builds us up, we become holy priests that are empowered to offer spiritual sacrifices to God.  We have direct access to God through Christ!

Peter defines who we are in Christ: “you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy”.  Now in Jesus we belong to God as His own special people.  We’ve been called by Him to Himself.  We are chosen, royal, holy, and His.  Why?  To proclaim His glory and Christ crucified.  God didn’t select us for our own benefit alone, but to be light in the darkness and point people to the Cross.

We will face difficult times.  “If when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God”.  We will struggle and even suffer.  But Jesus did too.  “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.  By his wounds you have been healed”.  Jesus set the example of how we need to live.  He was perfect, and yet suffered.  We are not, and will suffer.  But Christ paid the price for our sins.  He has set us free and healed us, soul and spirit, and allows us to live righteously in God’s sight.

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