1 Peter Chapter 2 embraces a couple of key points including a note on what is required for one to grow spiritually. It gives the reader a reminder of their duties and privileges as God’s special creation as pilgrims and sojourners because the world is not our home. This chapter also provides a review of a believer’s duty to submit to governmental authorities.
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A Call to Spiritual Growth
Peter begins this epistle by describing that every person who was born again through the incorruptible word of God and he further warns his readers to lay aside all their sinful attitudes including malice, deceit, envy, hypocrisy and all evil speaking. Also, Peter advises us to desire the pure milk of God’s Word like newborn babies because He is gracious. Actually, he recommends all these as one way for Christians to grow spiritually.
Privileges through Christ
Peter portrays Jesus Christ as a living stone who was rejected by men. He said that believers are as living stones who must be built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer acceptable spiritual sacrifices to God through His son Jesus Christ.
Peter mentioned that Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone to those who believe in Him as foretold by the Scriptures while to those who are disobedient, He is a stone of faltering. As a chosen generation, a holy nation, a royal priesthood and God’s only special people, believers are called to proclaim the praises of He who called them out of darkness and into His awe-inspiring light.
A Believer’s Duties in Christ
Peter puts more emphasis on the fact that Christians are pilgrims and sojourners in this world and as such, they have duties in Christ. For instance, as a sojourner, one must abstain from fleshly lusts and conduct honorably among the Gentiles through good works. Believers are also advised to honor governmental authorities and all people as God-fearing citizens.
As servants, Peter mentioned that it was very important for believers to submit to their masters even if they cause us to suffer due to their harshness. He revealed that such a submission is praiseworthy in the eyes of our Creator. He concluded 1 Peter Chapter 2 by advising the people of God to follow the example set by Jesus.
1 Peter 2 (King James Version)
1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
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.
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.
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,
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.
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:
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.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
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.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
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.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
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.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
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.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.