Following Christ – Part 1Bro. David Chancellor
2/27/2011 12:00 AM
1 Peter 1:22-25; 2:1-3
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. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
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.
Our souls needed the work God did to purify us. We need the Spirit to obey God. We need the Spirit of God to open up the word to us. We need the Spirit to help us see things as God would have us to see them.
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” This speaks of Jesus. Jesus came so we can have what we need to obey God. “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass witherth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” The word of God, what God has revealed of himself to us, won’t change because God doesn’t change. He endures forever. This mortal body won’t last forever.
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings…” If you would have something lasting in life, get the word of God. These things listed here won’t help you get the word of God. Malice – bad or vicious character. The Spirit of God can get close to us. There’s no need for malice or to have the desire to “go straighten everyone out.” We won’t take the word of God with viciousness. Our goal is not to trick or deceive. There’s no need for guile. Lay all that aside. We don’t need to act or have pretense. We want the real thing, to know what God has to say. Envy – ill feelings at the success or prosperity of others. We’re not competing, but seeking to draw close to God. We want others to have this, too. Evil speaking – backbiting; talking against. We don’t have to tear other things down. We look for what will help us grow close to God.
Lay aside all these wrong attitudes and feelings and seek after God. Take in the word so you can grow. We should desire the word of God the way a hungry baby wants food. If you would grow in God, you need to get the Bible and read it. “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” We want to get it just like God intended it to be. If we don’t lay aside these things, malice, guile, hypocrises, envies and evil speakings, we won’t be able to get from God’s word what we need. We need wisdom. We need to grow and increase. Focus on your need and understand what God is saying to you.
1 Peter 2:4-8
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. 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. 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, 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.
A house, like Aaron’s, is being built. We aren’t the Levitical priesthood (as mediators) but are able to offer acceptable sacrifices to God. We are lined up to and built around Jesus. The cornerstone goes into place first and determines the whole building. It is our point of reference. If we build on Jesus, everything will come together right. All of our lives should be built in relation to them.
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.
Because of God, we can be part of the chosen generation, the royal priesthood, the holy nation and the peculiar people. We are to give glory to God. Everyone can be part of this, too. God should be honored and lifted up.
1 Peter 2:11-17
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. 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.
God’s special people are to be good citizens. Others may speak evil of you, but you’ve laid that aside. People should look at you and see God in you. The good works we do should defeat their evil speaking. We’re to follow the laws for the Lord’s sake. We can work to change laws, but we can abide by laws that aren’t wicked or immoral. Whenever it is possible to obey God and the civil law, obey it. “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” If we would uphold the way of holiness, we have to do that. Help people see that God’s people will do what is right. Our freedom is about doing God’s will. It isn’t about doing whatever you want without thought of others.
1 Peter 2:18-25
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 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: 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. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
He begins speaking to the servant. Work is servitude. We will have times of serving and we need to have a good attitude in it.
Be subject, even when you suffer wrongfully. It’s expected that you take it patiently when it is your own fault. When you do well and suffer for it, take it patiently. That’s what God wants. Consider what Christ endured for you. Bear things patiently so Jesus can be seen in you. Jesus endured more than we’ve faced. We are called to endure some things. Take it for Jesus. Seek God for guidance. The world needs to see that the grace of God does something.