1 Peter Chapter 2

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Introduction

This chapter may be divided into three parts: --

I. An exhortation to those whom the apostle addressed, to lay aside all malice, and all guile, and to receive the simple and plain instructions of the word of God with the earnestness with which babes desire their appropriate food, 1 Pet 2:1ff. Religion reproduces the traits of character of children in those whom it influences and they ought to regard themselves as new-born babes, and seek that kind of spiritual nutriment which is adapted to their condition as such.

II. The privileges which they had obtained by becoming Christians, while so many others had stumbled at the very truths by which they had been saved, 1 Pet 2:4ff.

(a.) They had come to the Saviour, as the living stone on which the whole spiritual temple was founded, though others had rejected him; they had become a holy priesthood; they had been admitted to the privilege of offering true sacrifices, acceptable to God, 1 Pet 2:4, 1 Pet 2:5.

(b.) To them Christ was precious as the chief corner-stone, on which all their hopes rested, and on which the edifice that was to be reared was safe, though that foundation of the Christian hope had been rejected and disallowed by others, 1 Pet 2:6ff.

(c.) They were now a chosen people, an holy nation, appointed to show forth on earth the praises of God, though formerly they were not regarded as the people of God, and were not within the range of the methods by which he was accustomed to show mercy, 1 Pet 2:9, 1 Pet 2:10.

III. Various duties growing out of these privileges, and out of the various relations which they sustained in life, 1 Pet 2:11ff.

(a.) The duty of living as strangers and pilgrims; of abstaining from all those fleshly lusts which war against the soul; and of leading lives of entire honesty in relation to the Gentiles, by whom they were surrounded, 1 Pet 2:11, 1 Pet 2:12.

(b.) The duty of submitting to civil rulers, 1 Pet 2:13ff.

(c.) The duty of servants to submit to their masters, though their condition was a hard one in life, and they were called to suffer wrongfully, 1 Pet 2:18ff.

(d.) This duty was enforced on servants, and on all, from the example of Christ, who in more wronged than any others can be, and who yet bore all his sufferings with entire patience, leaving us an example that we should follow in his steps, 1 Pet 2:21ff.

Text

1: Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings, edit

2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: edit

3: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. edit

4: To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, edit

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. edit

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. edit

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, edit

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. edit

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; edit

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. edit

11: Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; edit

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. edit

13: Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; edit

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. edit

15: For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: edit

16: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. edit

17: Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. edit

18: Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. edit

19: For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. edit

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. edit

21: For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: edit

22: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: edit

23: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: edit

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. edit

25: For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. edit

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