- 1 Peter 2:1-5
- 1 Pet 2:1 (KJB)
- Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and
hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
- Wherefore lying aside - Having laid aside
- Malice - Desire to harm others
- Guile - Deceit, deception, or trickery
- Hypocrisies - Pretense or insincerity
- Envies - Jealousy
- Evil Speaking - Evil speech, slander or defamation
- Peter continues the thought from chapter one as he is speaking of the
true Gospel being preached and those who have become born again. He starts
off this verse by stating “wherefore laying aside.” That word is one word in
the Greek and it is in the Aorist tense which means a one time action which
happened in the past but has not been completed and is in effect at present.
Peter is now stating that since we have become born again, the old nature
has been dealt with yet we still must deal with it. God has forgiven all our
sins which we committed which means those sins we committed while unsaved
have been dealt with but since we still live in the fleshly bodies, it is
possible for the flesh to cause us to sin. This is why Peter is telling us
that we must put off all desire to harm others, whether physically or by
verbally. While we were in the flesh, we were self-centered but in the
Spirit we are to be other centered.
(Phil 2:4 KJV) Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on
the things of others.
- Then Peter goes on to state that we are watch that we are not deceptive.
This can happen very easily as we can even be very deceptive in our Bible
studies making it say what we want it to. Then we are to be sincere in our
Christian walk and not pretend to be something that we are not. This
hypocrisy can easily be accomplished on the Internet when no one really
knows anyone unless it is a personal knowledge. We are also to refrain from
being jealous. Jealousy can lead to dire circumstances. Many people have
been murdered throughout time because of jealousy. God made us the way we
are and not to be like someone else. We must learn to work in the weaknesses
and strengths of how God made us. Then the final warning is to watch our
tongues. (James 3:8 KJV) But the tongue
can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Words can verbally assassinate another and God wants us
to watch our tongues because He knows that our tongues can get us into much
- 1 Pet 2:2 (KJB)
- As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the
word, that ye may grow thereby:
- Newborn - Recently born
- Sincere - Genuine or unadulterated
- Milk - Actual milk but in a figurative sense
- New born babies come into this world knowing nothing which means they
are just beginning their life. Peter expects Christians to act the same way
by completely renouncing the past life as a sinner.
(Phil 3:13 KJV) Brethren, I count not myself to
have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those
things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are
before, Paul gives the same advice that we are to
forget what was behind us since we cannot relive the past we go from the
point at where we are right now and focus on the future. We do this by
desiring the unadulterated milk of the word.
(2 Pet 3:18 KJV) But grow in grace, and in
the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be
glory both now and for ever. amen. This is Peter’s
final admonition that we are to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord. The
two go hand in hand. As we continue in seeking the milk of the Word
eventually there comes a point in our life when we become mature Christians
able to digest the meat of the word.
(Heb 5:14 KJV) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age,
even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern
both good and evil. The key to victory in the
Christian life is a continuous daily growth.
- 1 Pet 2:3 (KJB)
- If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
- Tasted - Enjoyed or experienced
- Gracious - Good
- (Psa 34:8 KJV) O taste and see that the
LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
The same invitation is given by the Psalmist to see and
experience how good the Lord is. Peter also speaks of experiencing the
goodness of God as the new Christians began to experience the grace of God
as they grow in the faith. They realize that God, unlike the world, will
never let them down as He always cares for His children. Peter is not trying
to instill any doubt in the mind of these believers but is trying to get
them to understand that the more they grow in grace and become closer to the
Lord, they will realize His goodness more and more.
- 1 Pet 2:4 (KJB)
- To whom coming, as unto a living stone,
disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and
- Coming - Go to or approach
- Living - To live or be alive
- Disallowed - Rejected or repudiated
- Chosen - Select or Elect
- Precious - Held in honor, highly esteemed, or valued
- This verse describes the Lord Jesus Christ whom we are coming to. He is
described as a living stone in contrast to dead religion which has as much
ability to save as a dead rock. The Lord Jesus Christ was rejected by men
and that word is in the perfect tense which means that those who rejected
Him, it was a completed work on their part. Their rejection of Him was final
and at the judgment seat will be eternal. Then Peter contrasts the fact that
Jesus was rejected by men with the fact that He was selected or chosen of
God to be the Savior. God knew His Son and that He would fulfill the task He
went to earth for and that was to die for the elect of God. As Christ was
elect, so is His children. His completed work has given Him the honor in
Heaven and among those on earth whom He has redeemed.
- 1 Pet 2:5 (KJB)
- 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.
- Are built up - Are being built up
- Acceptable - Pleasant, well-received, or approved
- By - through
- Peter continues from verse four that since the Lord Jesus Christ is
called a living stone, and since like begets like, (a biblical principle)
those who have become born again by the Lord Jesus Christ are also called
lively stones. The words “are built up” is one word in the Greek and is in
the present tense which means the Lord is continually adding more believers
to the Kingdom until one day the spiritual house will be completed and then
the end will come. He calls us a “holy priesthood” which is confirmed in
Revelation 1:6. (Rev 1:6 KJV) And hath
made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory
and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. The body of
believers fulfills the type of Aaron’s priesthood. We offer up spiritual
sacrifices and not the bloody animal sacrifices which were done under the
Old Testament laws.
- (Heb 13:15 KJV) By him therefore let us
offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit
of our lips giving thanks to his name.
- (Psa 51:17 KJV) The sacrifices of God
are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt
- As spiritual priests, we offer the spiritual sacrifices of praise,
prayer, contriteness. We are not only compared to a spiritual house but by
calling us priests, we work within the same spiritual house as did the
priests of old when they worked in the temple and tabernacle in the
wilderness. It is important to note that all the spiritual sacrifices which
are offered can only be acceptable unto God if they come through the Lord
Jesus Christ. A person in a false, Christ denying religion can offer
spiritual sacrifices like prayer but it is not approved or received by God
because it does not come through the Lord Jesus Christ. For one to be
approved, they must be born again in and by the Lord Jesus or it is just a
dead stone offering.