1 Peter 2 

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People

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

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,”

and “A stone of stumbling

And a rock of offense.”

They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

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.

Living Before the World

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.

Submission to Government

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.

Submission to Masters

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.

February 11 Devotional 1 Peter 2

1.  This chapter starts off with a challenge to put aside all: malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking.  I want to define the words in this list so we are clear on these certain areas that can keep us from spiritual growth.

Malice: a desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness.

deceit:   concealing or distorting the truth for the purpose of misleading, fraud, or cheating.

hypocrisy:  a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.

envy:  feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.

evil speaking: words that are morally wrong, bad, wicked, harmful or injurious.

How are you doing in these areas?  

How can malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking keep you from sharing God’s love and growing closer to Him?

What changes do you need to make?

 

2.  Reread verses 4-8- List all that you learn about those who believe and those who are disobedient.

Believers:

Disobedient:

 

3.  What reasons do the people here have to praise God (vv. 9-10)?

 

4.  Verse 11 says, 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.”  

What does it mean to have honorable conduct?  How does our conduct make a difference to those around us?  

 

5.  Verses 21-25 tell us that Christ left us an example that we should follow.  Read the scriptures again and list the actions that he exemplified for us to follow?

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.

Christ’s example:

 

In summary, this chapter tells us some specific areas to avoid in order to grow spiritually, and we are reminded to honor, believe, praise, and follow Christ’s example.

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