Pastor Chris continues our 1st Peter hybrid series. Part 2 comes from the first half of chapter 2 verse 1 thru 12. Peter is doubling down on his commands in the first chapter and is building on them. In the first chapter of 1st Peter he talks about how we are called to a holy life and to love others deeply from the heart. And even in the midst of trials and suffering these commands do not change. They remain the truth throughout.
Then in chapter 2, Peter breaks down more in depth the call to live a holy life. Peter explains that we must, “rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.” But not only that, we must also, “crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” So first we must clean up our act of clean out our junk drawer. Cleaning up all of of the stuff we have been holding on to and keeping. We must not only clean up our act, but then we must desire the finer spiritual things. Desiring the more mature life that is in Christ Jesus.
Because when we begin to live in this manner, we begin to walk in the holy life that God has called us to. Peter uses identity language of “holy priesthood,” people of God,” “a holy nation,” “a real priesthood.” This is the life that God desires for us. But just like the junk drawer that are some responsibilities that we must have.
These responsibilities of our new identity Peter says are, “to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” We are called in our holy life and holy identity in the priesthood of God to stay away from sin. Not even go near it, and to live out our lives as examples of Christ.
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