New Testament In a Year: November 24 – 1 Peter 2

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1 Peter 2
(1-12) A Living Stone and a Holy People
If we are sincere in our pursuit of holiness, some things that will not be found in our lives are malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. Instead of engaging in such behavior, we will desire the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word so that our faith can grow and so we can taste the goodness of the Lord – for He is good.

Jesus the Christ is a living stone and the cornerstone of God’s church. We also are living stones. Those who believe are being built upon the foundation of Christ. But those who don’t believe, stumble over Christ because of their disobedience.

As followers of Jesus the Christ, we no longer belong to ourselves. God has taken possession of us and called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light so that we can proclaim His Gospel and His glory. We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. Once we were not God’s people, but now we are. Once we were without mercy, but now we have received mercy and received it abundantly. Because of this we are to stand out from those who are not yet God’s people do that they will see our good deeds and believe.

(13-25) Submission to Authority
Because we are God’s people, our behavior ought to reflect our status. Even though this world is not our home, we are to keep the law and obey authority. We are to: do good, honor everyone, love others, fear God, and honor governmental leaders. Servants are to obey their masters (this can also be applied to an employee/employer, student/coach, etc.). Even if a servant has a master who is unjust, a servant who believes in Christ is to still show respect to that master. Christ is our perfect example in this matter. Even though He did nothing wrong, He endured much suffering and mistreatment. Instead of retaliating, Christ entrusted Himself to His Father, God, who sees all that takes place and judges all matters fairly. Christ carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we could die to sin and live to righteousness.

Favorite verse: (9) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

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