This is going to be REALLY hard to keep short! LITERALLY, Every scripture could be an individual post. Hey, maybe in 2022, we pick one book and do that? Dissect EACH verse of one book?
Peter will discuss facing persecution for their faith. In the first 9 verses, Peter uses the word ‘Faith’ a lot. In chapter one (if you want to go back and find all the keywords), you will see Peter pointing out the Holy Trinity.
Paul suddenly mentions “the Prophets.”
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow.
The entire Old Testament pointed to Jesus’ suffering on the Cross for our Salvation. Peter will quote the Old Testament 25 times in this book (See if you can find them: like a where’s waldo picture 😂). Without reading the Old Testament, the New Testament would not make sense.
Before the Creation, God already had a plan to bring us back to Him. This was a mystery…but all the clues were given in the OT but were revealed at the Birth of the Messiah (like that ‘aha’ moment in a suspense movie). 20 He was chosen before the world’s creation but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him, you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
In this chapter, we are called “foreigners.” This world is temporary for us. But while we are here, we are to foreigners set apart from the rest of the world, just as He was. 16 for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.”
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
(This is the power of the Word of God). It is the food that saved you when you were starving to death.
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers, and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.
If putting the Word in your hearts nourishes you. Stop eating junk food! KEEP
EATING, READING, and STUDYING. What are you going to study in 2022, or are you going to go back to ‘junk food’-malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. (our version of ‘Fake News’)
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Now that you have read the Bible. You can now hear a familiar scripture, or a song verse, or sit in church and know the context of the Sermon-10 times deeper than the Pastor will have time to get into it; what now?- Grow in your Salvation. Keep studying.
We are just getting to Chapter 2, and I am already unglued and hyper. So I will try to write less and encourage you to read the whole book a second time. It is worth it.
The Cornerstone: We know that the most important part of a structure is the cornerstone. When they were cut, the builders would lay them so carefully. If it wasn’t perfect (I mean perfect), they would have to reject it. The entire structure was leveled and balanced on it. If it wasn’t perfect, the structure would fall.
Being the most important part of a foundation, the cornerstone was examined, measured, and chosen VERY carefully. MANY were rejected by the builders.
It was the plumbline to build something huge like this.
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
- a chosen people,
- a royal priesthood,
- a holy nation,
- God’s special possession,
- called out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Your Cornerstone looks like this:
The rest of the book highlights that we are foreigners in this world- What do we look like? What do we sound like? What do we do? If you are a list maker, here is your list:
- to abstain from sinful desires
- Live such good lives among the pagans accuse you of doing wrong
- Submit yourselves to human authority: (emperor, supreme authority, or governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and commend those who do right.)
- For it is God’s will that you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people by doing good. (not with words or Facebook posts)
- Live as free people, but live as God’s slaves.
- Show proper respect to everyone: love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
- Submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate but also to those who are harsh.
- Why? Because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.
- Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,
- Husbands, in the same way, be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect
- Suffering for Doing Good
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Let’s keep adding to your checklist:
- Always be prepared to answer everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (Now that we have read the Bible, we CAN do this!!).
- Be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.
- 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
- Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (This one will be hard for me, my husband likes to entertain, I want to be by myself)
- Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others
Suffering for Being a Christian
Many of us have suffered because of decisions made in our past or current lives. These are not sufferings but consequences. TWO very different things. Please know that. Not every trial we are faced with is a ‘from God’. We create many of them on our own. BUT God can still be Glorified from both of them.
If you have been marinating in Church for most of your life, what are you doing with it? Anything?? Ponder on that! What are you supposed to be doing?
- Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them— Who are you mentoring??
If you are newer in the Church, what are you doing?
- submit yourselves to your elders. (If they are versed in the Scriptures)
- Humble yourselves: Say, “What does this mean? Can you explain this scripture or book?”
ALL OF US:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
We think we can recognize the devil trying to devour us: like this…
In REALITY, it might be more like this:
Peace to all of you who are in Christ. ❤️