The 1st Epistle of Peter
Chapter 2 continues on with the thoughts of chapter 1 and will continue as such until verse 10. Israel being the subject of these verses.
1st Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
Laying aside means to put away or get away from doing something. Stop doing these things. It’s within our power to control our own selves, our own thoughts, our own feelings. And usually it’s the things of the world or the things of the world that other people have that brings envy out of us.
And it’s oh-so easy to say:
“Well, you sure can’t take it with you. You never see a U-Haul on the back of a hearse.”
Pitiful. There are things of this world that all of us desire to have and cannot because of lack of money. That’s where envy and resentment comes in. But to the new follower of our Lord we have to try to put all that aside and it’s harder to do than one might think. You know that, you've been through something like that before.
1st Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Newborn babes need the milk of the mother because they cannot handle a McDonalds’ hamburger, as yet. Along these same lines, someone that is spiritually new to the Word of our Father cannot handle or understand the deeper meaning of some verses, they need to be led and taught slowly and with much patience.
To overpower them with Scripture that they cannot handle, sometimes, will drive them away because they may have tried many times in the past to understand the Bible and could not on their own and if they have come to you to help them, and it’s foremost in your mind to impress them with all of your knowledge, you have done them a great injustice, you’ve let your own personal pride drive them away again.
There are many Christians that do that and they will pay a price for doing so. Paul wrote about this in 1st Corinthians 3:2…
1st Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
They are still brand new to the Word and have to be taught the simple things first before teaching on a much deeper level.
1st Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? KJV
They still think with their carnal mind, not their spiritual.
1st Peter 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
You will soon begin to feel a connection to the Lord and once you do, you will want to have that experience again. This is also brought out in Psalms…
Psalms 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. KJV
It feels good to begin to have a connection with Him but the hang-up might be, is it real or imagined? Do we want it so much that we make ourselves think we have experienced something when, in fact, we have not?
1st Peter 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
Disallowed means to reject and our Lord was certainly rejected by Israel. But what about the Gentile, what about you and I? Do you reject Him today? Do you believe that He is real?
Our Lord is a living stone, alright, because if you depend on other human beings and not Him, they’re going to let you down and it seems that the more you depend on them, the more they will let you down. And that includes family and friends.
Lean on them for help sometime and they’ll probably come through for you, but do it a second time and they’ll soon be too busy doing something else and not have the time.
1st Peter 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 our Lord is the cornerstone and foundation of all that believe in Him, so also are those that love and follow Him considered to be stones as well. His set-aside ones, in particular.
We don’t have spiritual houses in this life and if you think that a church is a spiritual house you are dead wrong. The house in heaven is built by our Father, the so-called spiritual houses in this world are built by men and to what good end does that bring? Absolutely nothing, considering what’s taught there.
I listen to people who say that the rapture theory is taught in their church and they don’t know what to do about it. They don’t believe in that lie but it’s a part of the church that they attend and now they don’t know what to do. Keep going and listen to that garbage from time to time? Or find another one that doesn’t teach that nonsense?
Good luck with that.
Spiritual sacrifices are made up of good works. Doing things for others. A kind word, perhaps. A helping hand, asking nothing in return.
These are the things that are acceptable to our Father and when offered through our Lord Jesus Christ, it validates them. And they are all recorded and kept in that Book and if you accumulate a bunch of them, Judgment Day is going to be a wonderful day for you.
Keep that in the back of your mind every day. When the world is kicking you around remember those works, remember that you’ve got something really special waiting for you when you die and go back to the Father. Rewards.
1st Peter 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.
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture. This means that it’s written in the Bible somewhere and it’s in the book of Ephesians:
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; KJV
And in Isaiah:
Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. KJV
With our Lord as your corner stone and your foundation, who can spiritually hurt you? Nobody.
This word confounded means shamed or disgraced:
✡ Confounded_NT:2617 kataischuno (kat-ahee-skhoo'-no); from NT:2596 and NT:153; to shame down, i.e. disgrace or (by implication) put to the blush: KJV - confound, dishonour, (be a-, make a-) shame (-d).
You could add the word deceived to this as well. Believing in the lies of established religion will always shame you when you stand before our Lord on Judgment Day.
After all, He gave you this book that contains everything that you need to know to be spiritually successful in this life and if you never took the time to read and understand it, you will be shamed and disgraced before Him.
1st Peter 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,
Which the builders disallowed. This is a direct reference to Israel, who never recognized Him as the Messiah or Savior. He is the head of that spiritual building whether you believe in Him or not. It’s not your choice to make.
1st Peter 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.
Why would our Lord be a stumbling block in today’s time? Because they are expecting Him to return in all His glory, they’re not expecting Satan to come instead, imitating Him to the nth degree. They’ve been taught that Satan will be this grotesque figure by watching the movies put out by Hollywood.
They haven’t taken the time to read the true facts, plainly given to us in this most precious Book, so when Satan shows up looking exactly like the true Messiah, they’ll believe it lock, stock and barrel. Hook, line and sinker. Or whatever other cliche’ might come to your mind.
1st Peter 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 ye are a chosen generation. The generation of the fig tree, the last generation to exist before His return. Started back in 1948 when Israel became a nation once more and the Jewish people began to receive visas from their governments, that allowed them to leave whatever country they were living in and return to the land of their forefathers.
Chosen means selected. Picked out from billions of other souls. Some are called His anointed. His Elect.
They are especially prominent in our Father’s Plan today because they can be used for His purposes without violating that special right of self-decision, of free will.
It’s no mystery why there are so many, many horrible things happening around the world today because along with His Election, the dregs of heaven are being released as well. The souls that are so corrupt Father should have done away with them eons ago.
But, even they deserved the right to decide for themselves who they would follow, even though they, no doubt, have made that decision long ago too.
1st Peter 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.
Mercy is available to all who seek it. The trick is that you have to follow our Father’s laws and commandments to receive it.
1st Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
I’ve written about how sex has influenced our Father’s creation on a global scale, from Eve being beguiled in the Garden to the 7000 fallen angels that almost destroyed the human race. The very act that was necessary to populate the earth with human beings almost destroyed human beings.
But, today it’s a tool of Satan that he uses quite well. Sex, to some people, is more addictive than heroin or cocaine and it gets very ugly when doors are closed and the depravity that lurks just under the surface of men’s minds, is turned loose.
I have stopped being amazed by some of the things that people do and the frightening part is that you can’t just look at someone and see the contents of their mind. It’s only been in recent times that sex offenders have to register themselves when they move into a new neighborhood. That allows us to keep an eye on them while they search for their next target.
And they will search for another target. Just because they spent a few years in prison doesn’t mean that their basic nature has been changed. I personally don’t believe that it’s possible to change the desires of a sex offender.
Used to be we just turned them loose from prison and allowed them to continue to do the things that got them sent to jail in the first place. And remember this….Father’s punishment for rape is the same as for murder…execute them and send them back to Him, let Him deal with their soul.
Deuteronomy 22: 25 But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die:
Deuteronomy 22:26 But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter: KJV
Fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. There are some souls that thrive on depravity, they welcome it, but what Peter is talking about here are good souls that have to find the determination to resist the temptation for illicit sex. It’s inherent in all of us but, thank our Father for it, most of us are able to resist those temptations.
The question is…what would you allow yourself to do if there were no consequences for your actions? Would you listen to your soul or would you give in to the voice of your flesh.
1st Peter 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.
You are judged by what other people hear you say and see what you do. This doesn’t just apply to Israel, it applies to all of us. Do your good works but keep them to yourself, don’t brag about them. Why? Listen to what our Lord said:
Matthew 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. KJV
And regarding your conversations:
1st Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; KJV
Conversation includes the use of curse words. Beyond that, lying, gossiping or what other evil things that might come out of your mouth.
1st Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
This word ordinance would lead one to think of laws or regulations and such but in fact it means creature:
✡ Creature_ NT:2937 ktisis (ktis'-is); from NT:2936; original formation (properly, the act; by implication, the thing, literally or figuratively): KJV - building, creation, creature, ordinance.
And it comes from the Greek word NT: 2936:
✡ Root Word__NT:2936 ktizo (ktid'-zo); probably akin to NT:2932 (through the idea of proprietor-ship of the manufacturer); to fabricate, i.e. found (form originally): KJV - create, Creator, make.
It means to submit yourselves to every human creature or creation. This really applies to Israel because they lived under the laws of Moses and not under the laws of some human/Gentile but those that were converted by the Gentile, they were to live under human/Gentile laws, to obey human/Gentile laws.
It would be preposterous to assume that we are to live under every human being but instead, to those with authority.
1st Peter 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.
Under our system of law, this would include the lowest of authority, the magistrate, to the highest authority, the President.
1st Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
People notice what you do and how you live your life and if you go around publicly praising our Lord or our Father and you are a petty thief, your credibility is destroyed no matter how much you protest your love of our Father.
Your actions demonstrate what kind of person you are, inside, and if you disobey the laws of men, why would you not disobey the laws of our Father as well? You would.
Our Lord even told us to obey the laws of men when He said this:
Luke 20:25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's. KJV
What is the will of God? That all come to repentance and seek the glory of Him. Pretty simple, huh? In addition to this, I’ve got a little hint for you: when you pray, always ask that His will be done, over and above what you might be asking Him for.
There are some things that might be harmful to you if you were to get them, His will for your life might be changed if He gave you something that might interfere with it.
Put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. Those that don’t know our Father, they don’t understand anything about Him and if you love Him and try to follow Him, you may have some of these people talk about you behind your back. Know-it-alls that don’t know anything of importance.
Silence means to muzzle their mouths, not just to be quiet or just sit there and shut up.
1st Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
Don’t do things underhanded. Don’t portray yourself as a good and righteous person and then cheat on your taxes.
1st Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
Brotherhood is the common bond among men/women as human beings. To honor them would be to respect them and their property.
Fear God means to be reverent towards Him. Honor Him. Respect Him. We are made in His image which means that He has the same traits or emotions as we do. He gets angry, He loves, He hates, He gets jealous.
Curse Him and see what happens to you, eventually. Holes in your bucket comes to mind.
1st Peter 2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
A servant, back in those days, was sometimes considered a slave, of sorts. Not that men/women were chained to a post at night so that they couldn’t escape, but many came under the label of indentured servants.
Having to pay a debt by working it off rather than satisfying it with the payment of money. And if you found yourself in that situation, be civil to the one that holds the debt over you until it’s paid. Don’t be resentful and disrespectful throughout the time that you are compelled to work off.
And do that to the masters that may not be all that kind to you.
1st Peter 2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
In plain words, do the things mentioned above and do it with a good heart towards our Father. Don’t eat yourself up inside by being resentful towards the situation. If you’ve been wronged, smile through it until the situation can be remedied or the time of service is completed.
It does no good to go around complaining about every little thing. Suck it up and live with it. Turn it into a good work that may be rewarded by out Father on Judgment Day.
1st Peter 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.
What good is it if you screw up and it’s pointed out to you and you don’t say anything in your own defense compared to doing something right and someone gives you a lot of heat for it but still you don’t say anything in return. Father likes that when it happens.
If you are being chided for doing the will of our Father and you don’t strike back, you take the criticism without saying harsh words back, this is pleasing to our Father.
1st Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
And Christ set the example for doing this because when He was unjustly beaten and persecuted and ultimately crucified and died, He never once complained or struck back at His oppressors.
1st Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
He was clean and pure and still He was vilified.
1st Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
When they spat upon Him and ridiculed Him by placing that crown of thorns on His head, He didn’t threaten to put a crown of thorns on them. He took it all silently and He did it with righteousness of conviction.
He knew the ultimate purpose of going through all of this torture, having to endure the pain and humiliation. He did it for us, that we would have a way of having our sins forgiven. Without the shedding of that blood, we would all be found guilty and NEVER have an opportunity of going into the eternity with Him.
1st Peter 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.
By His death we are all dead to sin, sin having no effect on our receiving forgiveness IF we believe on Him and live our lives in such a manner that shows our Lord that we do believe on Him. He took the beating while we received the blessing of having a way of forgiveness.
1st Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. KJV
Through sin we became enemies of our Father, sheep that had wandered off and away from Him but by our Lord’s death on the cross we were given a path that would lead us back to Him and once there, He would become the overseer of our souls, someone that would watch over them as a shepherd would his flock.
This word Bishop is always referenced to the church and what the duties are for a bishop within a church. A bishop is supposed to have oversight of the congregation and that’s how it’s used here in this verse.
Unlike human deacons and bishops, we would prefer to have our Lord as our bishop because He won’t mislead us. He has no alternate agenda. Mankind always has a secondary agenda.
I’m going to add this because it’s pertinent to events going on around us right now. In the last few weeks we’ve had a major hurricane come up through the Florida Keys and on up into Georgia. Irma, a Cat-5 most of the time, as it traveled across the Atlantic.
We have another one right now, Maria, also a Cat-5 at the moment, and wreaking havoc on the islands for a second time. That’s two major hurricanes in a two week period.
A couple of days ago a major earthquake, of 7.1 magnitude, hit Mexico City in Mexico with 200 reported dead so far and I’m sure that toll will rise as they remove the rubble to look for more victims.
Yesterday President Trump addressed the United Nations, the leaders of ALL193 nations on this planet being in attendance. The focus of one of his warnings was to North Korea, who now has the capability of nuclear weaponry, that if President Kim Jong Un continues to threaten the United States and her allies, Trump will annihilate the entire country.
Pretty strong words considering the innocent people that would be killed in that event. Perhaps President Trump will focus the military on the places where Kim Jong Un sleeps at night and take him out first, much like we tried to do with Saddam Hussein. And follow up by taking out the military installations where his missiles are stored.
The point is that our Lord told us that in the end of days there would be disasters such as this and they would be signs to remind us that perhaps His return may be in the near future.
Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. KJV
There are also hundreds of wildfires out West in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. A few in south Florida in the Everglades too.
No one knows when that time will be and this is not a doom and gloom message but it should certainly ring a few bells and make us stand up and take note of these events. Be aware and watchful.
We should also be aware that Satan, in his role as the Antichrist, will be released from heaven and sent onto this earth five months before our Lord’s return and I believe that this will happen around the time of the Passover. Whether it be the one coming up or within a few years.
Something else to keep in mind. Above all, be calm, don’t get all concerned and upset. Simply watch the news and keep abreast of any forthcoming events of any grand nature. If this truly is our Lord warning us, there certainly will be more warnings to come.
Be patient and watchful.
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__20 September 2017__