Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fixing Your Hope On Christ (1 Peter 2) #hope #suffering #Christ

Theme: Fix your hope on Christ

2) By staying pure (cont') (1:22 - 2:12)

D) Because sin injures your brother (1:22 - 2:3)

Verse 22 tells us to "fervently love one another from the heart". Christ commanded us to love one another (John 13:34; 15:12), and love means sacrificial concern (John 15:13).  Holiness puts away sin which could injure your brother. God's word shows us how.

2:1 says "Therefore", that is, since believers were born of the word of God, and since this word is living and abiding, believers should put away "all malice [ill will] and guile [craftiness or deceit] and hypocrisy [fake living] and envy [a corrupting desire for what others have] and all slander [lit.
"to speak down", "to defame", "speak evil of"]" (NAS).

God uses faith in His word not only to impart spiritual life in the first place, but also to deliver us from the power of sin in our daily walk (Rom. 10:17; 6:1-14; Heb. 5:11 - 6:20ff.) You should long for the spiritual food in God's word, so you may grow in the likeness of Christ, which is holiness (cf. Heb. 5:11ff.). Holiness shows love for the brethren.

E) Because holiness convicts the lost (2:4-12)

Verses 4-10 explain how God uses individual believers, as "living stones", to build a spiritual body known as the church. This body is also referred to as "a chosen race", "royal Priesthood", "Holy nation", and a "People for God's Own Possession" (9 NAS).

One of God's purposes in making you part of a holy people, is to "proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (9 NAS). Leading a holy life silences the slander of the lost (15), wins them to our gospel (3:1), and brings glory to God (2:12). Holiness convicts the lost.

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